1st: Plan it out!Get all your containers and organizing tools for all the things you need to hide away. Use Pinterest.com or bhg.comb
It doesn't have to cost much! Use things you already have, recycle, shop craigslist or other local ads, dollar stores, walmart, clearance sales, check out the garage sales and thrift stores and even check out your local junk yard.
2nd: Make sure you label things so they are easy to find!
3rd: We find things with lids, latches, zippers, or locks are best with kids. But if it's not "sealed" make sure it's up high so little hands can't easily access them.
Now some people just do one form of crafting. Whether it's sewing, stamping, scrapbooking, beading, etc. Well, we pretty much do it all around here! So we have to come up with lots of different ways to stash things!
I used this roll away 3 drawer container I've had for years to help organize the hard to store things. I organized things within the drawers as well.
Then to make sure I know what's in there I used these printable labels from bhg.com(see below)!
These containers we got on sale at Target or something like that. We've gotten some at Kmart, Target, the Dollar Store, etc. Just look for the sales:) Inside this container we have our scraps by color (and labeled) in gallon ziploc bags. We could just throw them in there but then we would have scraps all over the place (we learned this from experience).
Here again my brilliant Mother came up with this idea:
She used paper towel rolls to roll her fabric on. You can also cut wrapping paper rolls to size as well. She found this label to wrap around the rolls to hold them in place and put what size the fabric is. Brilliant right!
We stored these bolts inside a cabinet (which we picked up on craigslist for cheap--3 of them actually) and on bookshelves (which we picked up at walmart years ago).We cut the cardboard inserts so they fit on shelves.
We were going to sell our old, cheap walmart entertainment center but decided it was best used in the craft room under our lifted table:
We also use plastic containers to keep our fat quarters and laying cakes all neat.
For our ribbon we used this idea for all the smaller ribbon and ones that didn't have much on the roll:
We also plan to use this method:
That way we can see them, they're organized and the little hands can't get them.
For my beading materials I use tons of different containers I have picked up at Ikea, Joanns, Michaels, etc. on sale of course!
For our knitting/croqueting stuff we use shoe and sweater closet organizers:
You can also see our wrapping supplies.
I know it appears to be a bit cluttered and non child friendly but all this stuff is tucked behind closet doors so the kids can't access them as easily. Out of site, out of mind right:)
Want to save some more money? Cover diaper boxes with fabric:
Or cover milk crates:
You can also make your own containers!
To keep the iron cord up and safe we made one of these:
We are currently using this container for remotes in our living room but you can also use them for craft supplies. We got it for $1 at the Dollar Tree.
Jars for our buttons
We are still in the process of organizing and moving things around so sorry about the mess! We are constantly working on craft projects and better ways to stay organized:)