If you love to craft but your materials are in a little bit of a jumble, then this post is for you! I love to DIY and as a former teacher, I tend to hold on to all sorts of things thinking I could use them in the future. These two are a dangerous combination and can lead to quite a mess, if you aren’t organized! Recently I wanted to get my supplies in order so I set to it. Unfortunately I don’t have a “before” photo, but trust me- it wasn’t pretty. I had my things in baskets, but there was no rhyme or reason to them, and since I was always adding more to my collection, it just got worse and worse. Thankfully it wasn’t too late for me and it’s not for you! So if you can relate to my pain- keep reading because I’m going to show you how to organize your craft materials in 3 easy steps- for pretty cheap too!
Before you begin organizing, you need to first find a place for your supplies. I thankfully have a storage closet in my basement that we use partly for the kid’s board games and I decided to claim the other part for my craft and photo supplies. Depending on how much space you have, you’ll need some containers to organize your items in! I used some baskets that I had previously and then some plastic shoe box containers that were 4 for $1 at Target! They are clear so it’s easy to see what is in them, and the aren’t too big so I could fit many on a shelf. Also- they were cheap, and I wasn’t looking to sink a lot of money onto this project. Once you find a space and get some containers then it’s time to get to work!
Step one: Purge your items
Begin by going through your items and deciding if there is anything you don’t think you’ll use ever, anything that’s really old that may not work as well anymore (like paint), anything that’s almost empty (again, like paint!), or anything that’s just plain yuck. When I went though mine, I ditched a ton of stuff- I still have oodles of things, but it was nice to just get rid of things I knew I’d never use.
Step two: Put like items together
Once you have cleaned out your supply, it’s time to put them away again! When you are putting items in containers, it makes the most sense to put like items together- obviously! Paint in one bin, ribbon in another, yarn in a separate one. This way, you can know what you have easier so you can 1) find and use them, and not 2) buy more items because you thought you were out but really it was underneath something else! I have two bins called “kid crafts” that are for random kiddie craft things, like googley eyes, feathers, pom poms and pipe cleaners. I have some of these in baggies in the bins, other times I will use a little container.
Step three: Label them!
Once you have sorted you items, the last step is to label them so you know what goes in each basket. My newest toy makes this job much easier: the Epson LW-600P printer! This modern label maker connects to your computer or through your phone and can print a variety of styles, kinds and size labels- in any font you have downloaded! For my bins, I used some larger labels and then added some color to them and stuck them on with wash tape, for more flare.
It’s so easy to install this printer and set up. Once it’s done, you can access all of your fonts from your font book and easily print labels for your books, bins, kid’s clothes, party bags: anything! The LW-600P enables an entirely new way to make labels. No longer are you constrained to a small keyboard and limited expandability – the LW-600P is the first app-enabled label printer in the LabelWorks family. You can print directly from your iOS or Android mobile device from the Epson iLabel app. Plus, with an advanced set of features and robust connectivity options, the LW-600P is the most flexible label printer in the LabelWorks lineup! It’s either battery powered or can be plus into a wall, so it can truly be used on the go to make all of your organizing jobs easier.
The uses are truly endless with the Epson LW-600p label printer! There are so many types of labels to choose from too with a variety of backgrounds, colors and uses. If you love organizing as much as me, then swing by the Epson website and enter my special discount code LW25SAV to save 25% on one of these babies for yourself!
So now you know how I have organized my craft items- have I inspired you to do yours? I wish I had a whole room I could use for craft and photo prop items but I don’t, so these bins do the trick and don’t take up too much space. Next to my craft bins I have closed containers labeled by holiday that I use to store my photo props for my blog photo shoots. I have organized those by season and holiday so it easier to find something during a particular time of year.