How to Organize Your Doll Studio or Craft Space
If you’re anything like me, your creative inspiration far outpaces your opportunities to actually create. Everytime the creative bug hits me and I don’t have time to get started — or am already in the middle of another project — I just making notes or creating lists, then start putting together the materials in baskets or bags or piles and stash them in my “craft closet” like a squirrel stocking up for winter. (I’m hoping now that we are moving into our own house, I can upgrade to a real studio.)
What happens is that I never have the time to get to these projects — sometimes forgetting about them completely until I run into a pile of complimentary fabrics and trims and have to try to reconstruct the project in my mind like a forensic scientist at a crime scene.
My craft space becomes hopelessly disorganized until I start sorting through the chaos and putting everything back in its proper place, wistful for the creations that could have been.
There is a better way.
First, I need to stop making 800 lists a day about the projects I want to make and start focusing on 1 or 2 at a time. Next, I need to start organizing my space a little better so that I can easily access my tools and supplies and streamline my process.
When we move into our house next week, I will be making plans for how to set up my dream studio space. (We have a huge shed we are going to finish and convert into a studio. I’m really excited!) Here are a few tips I’m going to use to organize my space a little better — and maybe there’s a few tips in here that you can use, too:
Create Vertical Space
Skip the piles and the endless stacking. Make use of shelves, bookcases, and under furniture cubbies and drawers to make vertical space and to keep all your items organized. Check out these awesome examples:
Use Jars, Pails, Baskets and Other Containers
All those buttons need to go somewhere! Get creative with different containers to store your beads, buttons, and other notions, as well as your scissors, paint brushes and other essential tools. Check out these awesome ideas:
Do you have an old entertainment center or antique hutch that is too outdated for your tastes? Dress it up and turn it into a hideaway craft space. Check out these examples:
Use a Filing Cabinet
No, I’m not talking about filing your invoices or your receipts (though that is always a good idea). I’m talking about using filing cabinets to store fabrics wrinkle-free and to keep them easily organized.
Just wrap your pieces around hanging filing folders!
I also use filing cabinets to store pictures of celebrities and beautifully applied makeup that I find in magazines. I sort them by type and create a folder for each.
Use Wine and Shoe Racks
Those cubbies that are perfect for storing wine and shoes are the perfect size for storing craft supplies and dolls (or doll boxes. Check out these ideas:
Get creative with your space! Use containers, shelves and cubbies to organize and make the most of the space you have.
And have fun with it! It is YOUR creative space. Let it show off your creativity!
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