If there is a diagnosis for “Organization OCD,” I have it! Every part of my house is organized, (besides the teenager’s room, which I am afraid to enter). You would think a “crunchy mom” would be a little more relaxed about this type of thing, but I’m not. It’s not a bad thing.
Add my organizational skills to my love of crafting, and it’s a win-win! I have figured out a way to organize my very small house to make it easy to find and use the supplies I need, when I need them. I’d like to share some tips with you, so that we can be OCD hippy crafters together. It’s all about sharing the love, right?
- You must dedicate a space in your home where you want to work on crafts. This space doesn’t have to be only used for crafts, but you need to decide where you will be primarily working on your projects. My craft zone is also my home office, and I use my desk and floor space for crafting. For this reason, I store everything that is unrelated to working or crafting somewhere else, far away from my “zone.”
- You will need storage! My crafting supplies are currently stored in old milk crates, which are like mobile, stacking cubes. They’re ugly, so I’ve hidden them inside a closet. Each crate has a different type of supply assortment. For example: One is for scrapbooking, one is for fabric/sewing notions, and one is full of paints, brushes, glues, and markers. I used to have some rolling carts that were handy for storing various papers and other supplies when I really had a lot of “crafting stuff.” They were easy to move from a corner to my crafting space, and then roll out of the way when not needed. Another one of my favorite tips is to “look up!” Get things off the floor. Utilize wall space by adding shelves and placing items out of site in pretty containers.
- Create a pleasant atmosphere. I’m a huge fan of pretty spaces that are clean and smell good. If it’s an inviting space, it’ll feel like an escape, and you’ll be more inclined to use it. Get a comfy chair to sit in for extended amounts of time. Paint the walls your favorite color. Add matching art work (perhaps made by you)? Have a CD player nearby with some favorite music ready to go. Put a potted plant in the window. Provide some seating for family members or friends, so they can join in your crafting adventures. And remember, if anyone else helps to make the mess, they should also help to clean up the mess!
Enjoy my “OCD” tips, and get crafting, everybody!
Do you have some craft area tips to share? Please comment below.