Fall is the perfect time to break out the craft supplies and get your creative juices flowing. Put together your own seasonal decorations, or help your kids with fall-inspired arts and crafts. Combining natural elements of autumn, a few simple tools, and your own inspirations can make this fall your family's most memorable. Of course, keeping your crafting center organized in between creating and enjoying your fall projects is a must. Check out these tips from Murphy Door to help you do just that.
Sort and Group Supplies
As with organizing any assortment of items, it's necessary to take inventory of what pieces you have on hand. When doing so, it can be helpful to sort and group "like" items together. Luckily, this is as straightforward as it sounds; just separate colored pencils and other drawing utensils from paper products, fabrics, artificial flowers, etc. Once you've made sense of which items you have, you can begin grouping pieces together that are the same or that you intend to use together, such as buttons and thread.
Invest in Appropriately Sized Containers
Let's face it; trying to maintain an orderly craft station when all of your supplies are thrown together in one box or drawer is an impossible feat. The trick is keeping like items together without them getting mixed together with random odds and ends. Start by investing in individual containers for specific pieces. Of course, not every item will require the same storage container style. For instance, small crafting materials should be kept in small containers, while larger supplies can be stored in larger bins. Likewise, it's wise to keep messier items, such as glitter, contained and other pieces, such as drawing utensils, easily accessible.
Label As You Go
When it comes to taking your organizational endeavors to the next level, labeling is a must. Place labels on every box, bin, and drawer you use to hold your craft materials. This makes them easy to find when you need them. It also lets you know where they belong when you finish using them. That means you'll spend less time trying to find your supplies or put them away. Then you can spend more time creating beautiful projects that your family is sure to love.
Don't Forget the Kiddos
Kids love crafts. Giving them the freedom to be artistic is a wonderful way to have fun and make lasting memories with them this fall. To make it easy for them to participate in crafting projects (and help clean up the crafting center when they're through), be sure to organize the materials in a kid-friendly way. One way to do this is to store age-appropriate supplies, such as crayons and colored paper, in an easy-to-reach location. Then you can put supplies that require adult supervision, such as hot glue, in a more secure spot.
Utilize Vertical Space in Your Crafting Center
Who says that you have to store your craft supplies exclusively in drawers and bins? If space in your home is limited or you're unsure of where to keep your creative materials, try looking up. Using wall space to store and display your arts and crafts is a wonderful way to keep your supplies organized without cluttering up your floor. It also makes it easy to see what you have, including ribbons, rolls of paper, bottles of paint, and more.
Keep Your Crafts or Crafting Center Hidden
Regardless of whether you're an experienced artist or simply enjoy making crafts with your family on occasion, designating a specific spot to keep your supplies organized is the best way to make the most of your projects time and time again.
Fortunately, you don't have to compromise the style of your home or valuable cabinet space in rooms that you use every day to ensure your arts and crafts stay orderly. With a hidden door from Murphy Door, your crafting materials can be easily accessible without anyone ever knowing it. Visit us online to browse our large selection of hidden door solutions, including our Dresser Door.