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How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

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How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

A few weeks ago, I showed you my 'Monica closet.' It was embarrassing but I wanted you to see the real-life before. After lots of purging and sorting, I'm happy to report that instead of a cluttered catch-all, I now have organized craft storage as well as a place to store my party supplies, extra home decor, and work supplies/products. Here's how to organize your own craft room! *Sources at the end.*

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

NOTE: The most important thing is to come to terms with the fact that it's going to get worse before it gets better. All my progress shots and video looked like I was in the sorting room of a thrift store. It was overwhelming but it was worth it!  So with that in mind,

STEP 1

Take everything out. I mean it. Ruthlessly edit your piles. After trying to sell a few things I realized it was more important for my peace of mind to just get. it. out. of. my. house. I bagged up jackets, t-shirts, pillows, and little home decor items. I tossed dried up crafting stuff, kits, supplies we'd never used, and office supplies that had been in a storage container since we moved in five years ago. Guys, if you haven't touched it in 6 months, you never will. Throw that crap away. I mean it.

STEP 2: 

Sort. Put like items together. Toss duplicates. My piles had piles but it was necessary. I had:

-home decor items 

-pillows

-fabric and yarn

-party supplies (banners, balloons, streamers, etc)

-wrapping paper

craft supplies which I sorted into:

-Cricut tools

-paper

-tools (punches, etc)

-felt

-embellishments

-twine/ribbon

-tape

-misc. 

-sewing supplies

NOTE: It's really important to sort before you go buying furniture and containers. I know that's the fun part, but you should have an idea of what size and how many storage tools you need. 

STEP 3:

Here's where you think about your goals, the space you have to work with, and make some decisions. Decisions such as the size of the storage unit, type (open vs. closed), and location. I made the following decisions after thinking through my goals and seeing all the items I needed to store from step 2- not only craft storage but also products/decor for work).

1. I needed wall storage. I didn't want to waste wall space so I used hooks and containers that would work on the wall. Enter Command Brand. I've talked about them before because I love them. ha. There's nothing like affordable and easy-to-install storage solutions. Command™ Brand has so many options to choose from- ledges, a variety of hooks, caddies- you name it. You don't have to destroy your walls or be stuck with a specific arrangement forever. Their products can be easily removed and come with extra strips so if you change your mind or position incorrectly, you can quickly remedy it without causing any damage to your walls.

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage
Command™ Large Caddy
How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage
Command™ Medium Matte Black Hooks
How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

2. I needed open shelving- something I could store large or fragile objects on and be able to clearly see what I was working with. Often I have products for work that I need to store until I shoot them.

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

3. I needed hidden storage. Easily accessible but not open for the world to see is kind of the gold standard of organizing. Opening a drawer is a lot easier than pulling out a box and taking off a lid.

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage


How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

STEP 4:

Now that you have your formula, figure out configuration and smaller storage (mine was a shelf, a small dresser, Command Medium Matte Black Hooks, Command Medium Wire Hooks, a Command Picture Ledge, and Command Large Clear Caddies).

I removed the doors so that I could easily pull out the drawers and still have room for the shelf. I then removed the bar and wire shelving and Joe installed a melamine shelf with these brackets

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

STEP 4b (optional). 

Paint. Paint makes everything feel fresh and extra points if you can do something a little unexpected that makes you smile when you see it. Ok, now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Remember to wait 7 days after painting, before hanging Command™ Products!

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

STEP 5:

Next, look at your supplies and determine what type of smaller storage you need for them

For the wall above the dresser- the fun part(!) I wanted to make it functional but also cute. It's me guys. For that reason, I chose a Command™ Picture Ledge to hold extra frames with some pretty art on them in the meantime. To determine placement I spaced my Command ™ Products out on kraft paper cut to the size of the area, did a loose trace, and then taped it to the wall.

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

I love the clear caddies. They are the perfect size for so many things but I used them for supplies we use most often- paint (the paint looks so pretty in them!), glue, and clips. I used the hooks for my glue guns and scissors. Those matte black hooks are so good, right? I also used large white hooks which are sturdy and perfect for my glue guns.


How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage


I bought these bins for the drawers, these fabric storage cubes for the top shelf, and these fabulous baskets



How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

The big bins house the items too big for the drawers- painting supplies, fabric + pillow covers, party supplies, and Cricut supplies. The small white bins house office supplies, sewing supplies, and miscellaneous. The baskets hold small decor items and blankets.

I'd like to label some things and I may end up adding a few hooks on the left and right walls of the closet but that leads me to the final step.

STEP 6:

Take a step back and appreciate how far you've come! And then use your space for a few weeks and see if anything needs tweaking. You may find that you need another caddy or an extra few hooks. That's the great part about creating a system that works for you!

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage

How to Turn a Cluttered Closet into Organized Craft Storage



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3 comments

  1. Looks great! May I ask what paint color you used? It's the perfect pink-y (but not overly pink) beige that I'm looking to warm up the walls in my bedroom.

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    1. It’s complicated. Ha! I used farrow and ball dead salmon, color matched at he depot but mixed at 75% strength (so 25% lighter) but then after using it in my bathroom, I added a bit more white paint for the closet.

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