August Mission #5: Organize your crafts & hobbies

Filed under: Living Areas,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 9:07 am on Friday, August 29, 2008

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Hobbies are a great outlet. They can be such stress relievers. But it’s hard to relax and enjoy your project when you find yourself hunting for supplies, or worse purchasing items you already own!

This week, we’ll tackle our craft clutter. Whether you choose to organize your scrapbooking or stamping supplies, untangle your yarn, organize your sewing area or finally sort through your photos, try to spend at least 15 minutes a day on this task.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Consider using over-the-door clear shoe organizers to store yarn, scissors, or bottles of paint.
  • Use a binder to house your needle point projects. Place patterns and floss inside in individual 3-ring pouches or sleeves.
  • Use rolling storage bins with drawers to house supplies. Just roll the drawers into your closet when they are not in use.
  • Place each project in a separate bin, box, or basket.
  • Organizing products from arts & crafts stores can get pricey! Check out organizers at your hardware store. Screw & nail organizers are great for beads, floss, and stamps. Tool boxes can make great sewing boxes. Empty paint cans can house brushes or scissors. Be creative! Also consider plastic shoe boxes and dish pans from the dollar store.
  • When it comes to photos, unless you actually use your double prints, don’t purchase them. Even if they are free, they carry a price tag—they clutter your home. If your backed up with your photos, start by organizing your most recent photos.

Don’t forget to set your buzzer for 15 minutes each day!

Looking for more ideas?

Overwhelmed by this project? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help. Are you motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you? Leave a comment to inspire others!



Comment by Debbie

August 31, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

I love the idea of using hardware store organizers. Also, don’t forget about those 40% off coupons at Michael’s and A.C. Moore. Each store accepts the other’s coupons, and for a larger organizer, you could save a lot!


Comment by Mary

August 31, 2006 @ 8:06 pm

Store like with like. I have so many craft supplies that I learned that I go through cycles with which ones I use more frequently. Right now the quilting and knitting supplies are in a box in the attic, the sewing is in its own cabinet (given to me by a friend) in the upstairs hallway, and my stamps are in my china cabinet where I actually do my projects in the dining room.


Comment by Mary

August 31, 2006 @ 8:08 pm

Find unique places. Since I do my crafts in the dining room, but I don’t want the dining room to look cluttered all the time, I store my scrapbooking paper in the hall closet in 12×12 vertical organizers by Cropper Hopper. Paper is a lot easier to leaf through when it’s stored vertically rather than horizontally.


Comment by Louise

February 27, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

Put photos in slip-in photo albums as soon as you get them printed. Even if you scrapbook them later, you can see what you have already and the family can enjoy them rather than flipping through envelopes (that can actually degrade the photos since they are usually not archivally safe).

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