Whether you’re spring cleaning, organizing a crafting station in a kid’s room, or revamping a sewing room or art studio, organizing a craft closet might feel overwhelming. But with the right approach, you can transform it into a well-functioning creative space. Check out our tips for craft closet organization!

Sort Your Craft Supplies

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Gather all your crafting items from every corner and crevice and sort them into groups by type or project. Seeing your items laid out together, will help you understand and evaluate what you have so you can easily figure out what craft supplies you should keep and what you can get rid of.

Decide What to Keep, Donate, or Discard

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After you finish sorting, decide what you want to keep, donate, or throw away using the 4-box technique. It’s important to be honest with yourself during this process. When you’re organizing your belongings, take a moment to assess each item. If it’s not useful, in good shape, or no longer brings you joy, consider letting go of it.

Utilize Storage Solutions

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Start by evaluating the layout of your closet and customizing it to meet your storage requirements. Maximize space by using an over-the-door hanger, adding shelves, or putting in a pegboard with hooks. You can also use drawer dividers, craft caddies, or tilt-out bins for more storage space. Use bins, clear boxes, or household objects like jars or containers for each category of items. Keeping similar items together and having frequently used materials within reach is key to maintaining an organized craft closet.

Label Your Items

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To help you see where every item is, label your storage boxes, bins, and caddies. With clear labeling, you’ll find what you need in a flash – from ribbons, paints, craft paper, and more. You’ll also be able to quickly put items away when cleaning or restocking and avoid purchasing duplicate materials.

Rotate Your Craft Supplies

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Do you regularly switch up what craft projects you work on? Consider rotating out your craft supplies! This storage solution is versatile and allows for easy access while keeping supplies constantly refreshed. Purchase a rotating art supplies organizer, get creative by repurposing a spice rack for a DIY twist, or use a tiered rolling cart to easily swap out craft supplies.

Regularly Tidy Up

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Consistently tidying up will help prevent clutter from reappearing, so create a schedule to keep your craft closet clean and organized. Keep in mind that decluttering is not just about getting rid of items—it’s about maximizing and maintaining your space. Keeping your craft closet organized with a consistent routine will help you do the things you love more efficiently.


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This post was originally published 10/03/2017, and last revised on 01/29/2024 with updated information.

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