Winter is the time to get your house organized, especially areas that help keep you and your kids busy during the long winter months. Therefore, games, puzzles, toys, and craft supplies are just some of the things I recommend reorganizing during the winter. Today, I’m going to walk you through craft supply organization.
Craft Supply Organization: How To
First of all, declutter your craft supply areas. Take everything out of the cabinets and drawers and wipe out the inside. Dust any shelves. Finally, get rid of any supplies you no longer love or that you have had for more than a year without using! Throw away anything that is broken, and if there are items you have too many of, give them away. You should also give away any craft supplies your kids have outgrown.
“The more things you own, the more they own you.”
Next, you need to find a home for everything you decide to keep. Keep like supplies together. If you have items specific to a particular project, you could also keep them together in a bin or binder.
Lastly, label everything! Your kids will be more likely to keep their supplies somewhat organized if they can easily see where things are supposed to go. If your kids can’t read, label with pictures. Not only that, but it will help you find your supplies the next time you can’t remember where you put them!
Craft Supply Organization: What I Did
First, I decluttered my crafts by getting rid of scraps of paper that I’ve never used and giving some supplies to my kids that I thought they would enjoy.
Second, I used drawer organizers to separate supplies and keep like items together. I have glue and photo stickers in one organizer and colored pencils, markers, and hole punches in the other.
Third, I separated my other miscellaneous supplies by type in a larger drawer organizer. The top drawer holds tape and pins. The middle drawer holds Sharpies. The bottom drawer holds stickers and my label maker with its supplies.
Fourth, I used clear bins to hold supplies that are specific to project I plan to work on soon. One bin holds wine corks and door pulls that I’m using to make my own wine stoppers. Another bin holds spray paints, sealers, and foam brushes. Another bin holds glass bottles and mason jars. The last bin is where I put stamps and ink pads.
Last, I added a bulletin board for me to hang inspiration for upcoming projects on it. I added washi tape to make a pretty border on the plain black frame. I hung a sign that says, “Work hard, stay humble”, because who doesn’t need that reminder! 😉 Right now, the bulletin board mostly has paint chips on it for some wall-painting projects coming up for us.
Kids’ Crafts and Games
First, I decluttered the kids crafts and games by getting rid of what they outgrew and of anything that we had too much. We had WAY too many crayons for some reason. I kept the best supplies, and got rid of the rest.
Second, I straightened their board games and organized them by age. The preschool games are on one shelf, and the games for my elementary-school-aged kids are on another.
Lastly, I organized their craft supplies into different bins and baskets by type of supply and labeled them so my kids and I can find what we need and put items away in the right spot. My kids have SO MANY supplies, but it’s mostly for my middle child. She is my crafty one who loves to create and make decorations for my house (much to my dismay at times-ha!).
How do you keep crafts and games organized? Share your ideas for craft supply organization in the comments!