Organization Ideas

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Over,Making Over

A while ago a reader commented that I should write a post sharing my craft storage organization ideas and hope that you all comment and share yours so we can all learn from each other, so that’s what we’re going to do today.

Because not everyone can have a Minibox for their craft storage/organization, having some other system is necessary. Here are some of my favorite ways to store craft/miscellaneous stuff:

  • Empty glass jars (jam, pickle, baby food) – they’re clear so you can immediately see what’s in there.
  • Shoe boxes – cover shoe boxes with paper so they’re all matching or coordinating with your color scheme. Kids shoe boxes are great because they’re usually more square, but any kind will do. I like to use shoe boxes for in/out boxes, mail sorting, etc. Lined up on a bookshelf looks really nice and organized, especially if they’re labeled.
  • Mugs/cups – these are great for pens or anything tall and skinny.
  • Spice rack – those little jars are perfect for odds and ends.
  • Dresser – an old and unused dresser is great for a craft room. Dresser drawers can hold plenty of fabric, paper, and any of those other large and awkward items that are always a pain to store.
  • Plastic bowls – I found two large matching plastic kitchen bowls at Smiths a few weeks ago on clearance for $.75 a piece. Keep your eyes peeled for kitchen clearance items since bowls, cups, etc. could also house craft products.
  • Glass candle jars – once your candles are all gone, scrape out the wax and use those for storage.
  • Candy jars – these come in so many fun shapes and sizes and can hold anything.

Two other things can help you in your quest to get organized.

  1. Look for little containers and jars at yard sales and thrift stores. A person hardly ever needs to buy stuff like that brand new with all the second hand stuff going around.
  2. Label everything. Your craft room (or any room) will look much more organized if everything is labeled. Use pretty fonts and colors so it’s not boring. You’ll also save time looking for things if everything is labeled. Here are some places you can get pretty labels.
    1. Lunch Labels 1 (Some of these wouldn’t work in a craft room, but others are adorable!)
    2. Lunch Labels 2
    3. Monogram Labels
    4. Medallion Design 1 (not really a label, but pretty so I couldn’t pass it up.)
    5. Medallion Design 2
    6. Spice Labels (print on self-adhesive labels. most have spice names on them, but there are a few blank ones)

I really want to hear your organizational tips and tricks, so leave a comment and share. Thanks! (And today is my 4th wedding anniversary. Love you, Boyd!)


1 Lorie September 24, 2008 at 7:42 am

Great ideas! I am hoping I will be lucky enough to win the Mini Box, but if not I may have to try to find an old dresser at a garage sale that I can make pretty!

2 Sheila Oxley September 24, 2008 at 9:30 am

Happy Anniversary!!!!

I LOVE empty jars!!! I save my spaghetti sauce jars…they are mason jars and work fantastic with storing my ribbon! I also have a spice rack and love it….still don’t have enough room for all the brads!hahaha I am cleaning and repainting a dresser I just bought at a yard sale. I was planning on putting it in my closet to store seasonal decorations, but may have to repurpose it! ahahaha

I have a lttle 18 drawer storage unit from the hardware store that holds nuts and bolts I believe. I use it to hold chipboard letters. It makes it easy to pull out the letters I need. It’s not very pretty though, may have to paint or decorate it somehow!!!

3 Kim Otto September 24, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I have a dresser that I painted for in my scraproom. Two of the drawers are FULL of spools of ribbon. I have them all on end so you can easily see all of the ribbons. All of the ribbon storage ideas that I have seen are very cute and inventive but not nearly big enough too house all of my ribbon!!I must be a little on the obsessive side …you think???

4 Kaycee September 27, 2008 at 6:19 am

Happy Anniversary!! Mine was on the 17th :)

I’m in dire(sp?) need of a label maker. I think if I had one I would be even more organized. As of right now I use a lot of plastic totes and little cubbies.

5 Kelsey September 29, 2008 at 8:05 am

Thanks for all the ideas! If you don’t have a label maker, you can just get adhesive paper and put it in your printer. Not quite as fun, but would still do the job, although I think you can get label makers for around $10 at Office Depot/Staples.

And spaghetti sauce jars are a great idea as well. For a while, my favorite jam was coming in wide mouthed glass jars, which were great for organizational use after finishing off the jam. They’ve gone back to the narrow mouth jars, but they’re still useful. Great idea.


6 Amy October 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I keep all of my pickle jars/spaghetti jars… my husband thinks I’m silly. I also like to keep the tall skinny plastic containers that the crystal light mixes come in. They’re great to have!

7 Angela October 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm

I actually use baby food jars to keep the tinny little scrapbooking things. You can even decorate them.

8 Katherine November 9, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Love the tips. I’m starting to get organized, because I’m completely overwhelmed with work, kids, on-line college, and hubby dearest. So, everything I get comes in handy. I love the idea of boxes and jars. It does make everything look more organized, plus there’s no question as to what the contents are.

I thought I’d share mine as well. Today….I took an idea off of another website and kind of reinvented it to fit my needs. I’ve been wanting an organizer board for my daughters room. She’s four, so it has to be cute and girly. So I took some of her old jeans that she can’t wear and I cut the legs off just enough to make a pocket by sewing together where I cut them. Then I took a box and cut it into pieces. I used one of the big sides and covered it with a thick cotton t-shirt that I don’t use anymore. Then I took the little pieces and covered them with another color cotton t-shirt (same thickness). I hot glued all of this. Then I hot glued the jean pockets, that I made from her jeans, onto the smaller card boards. I took elastic and made the smaller card board pieces look like they had backpack handles (that’s the easiest way for me to describe it). This away I didn’t have to adhere them to the bigger board I just wrapped the elastic around the bigger board.

The elastic gives me place to clip all her hair barretts and the pockets also give me a place for her hair brush and ties. Also, there was enough pockets for all her pencils, pens, markers and paints. The material also makes it ideal for using it as a push pin area, but that will come when she’s older and I let her use them.

9 Katherine November 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm

SAMS Club has this great trail mix with different pretzels and crunchy salty snacks. However, I secretly buy it, for the container. It’s tall and skinny. So far it makes a perfect spaghetti holder (because I buy mine in bulk and don’t use it often I need a larger container and it’s perfect). It also makes a great container for rice, cereal, candy, anything really. Because it’s tall and skinny it fits wonderfully into the cabinet without taking up so much room.

10 Vicki Wintrton June 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

I am a professional organizer servicing the Utah Valley and Salt Lake Valley areas. You, Vanilla Joy, attended one of my organizing classes 2 1/2 years ago. It looks like you have really grown in your organizing capabilities since then. GOOD FOR YOU!
When organzing a craft room, I suggest to my clients they try to keep their containers in the same color category AND/OR type category as much as possible. It gives the organized space a designer look. The other thing I strongly sugggest when organizing is to keep 15% of your space empty. It gives the look of abundance. Enjoy the organizing process!

11 cathy August 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I’m a college student who has tons of crafts stuff- oil painting, embroidery, scrapbook, etc. but I don’t know how to store it… I need a way that travels well- I move a lot, but is also compact enough to not take up my entire room. Any ideas?

12 Kat September 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm

After I read about you using the jars, I broke out my jars and started using them all over the house – Love it!! The mini box looks very cool, I would think up 1 million ways to use it!

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