December Favorite Finds

A new year is coming. With that in mind, one of my biggest resolutions every year is to get organized. Sometimes I manage to do it, or at least to get one room in my house organized. But it seems like the most unorganized area of my house is always my crafts.

So for December, I decided to put together some links to help you organize your craft room/space. It was fun imagining that I actually have a craft room again, instead of having everything crammed into my small bedroom. One day, maybe, my dreams of a craft room will come true. In the meantime, I got to spend some time dreaming about how I would organize that space. Maybe you have a craft room that needs organizing. Maybe you’re like me and you just have crafts supplies shoved wherever you can fit them. In any case, these things will help you to get them organized a little better, which will make it easier to get done all of the things you want to do.

Let’s start with the big stuff. Let’s organize all of your yarn.

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I personally have 4 of these 6-cube cubbies, and I have one of the 9-cube cubbies. These are perfect for yarn storage, and they look so pretty full of skeins of yarn in all the colors of the rainbow. Confession: All 33 cubes of mine are pretty much full of yarn. Plus I have way too many tubs full of yarn to even count, mostly because they’re hidden in different spots throughout my house.

Maybe you don’t like the idea of your yarn being so visible?

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I have numerous storage bins like these in my cubbies. I even have them in this color, although they’re available in lots of other colors too. Mix and match colors to create a theme in your room if you’d like. I use the bins to put partial skeins in because they’re not as pretty as unused ones in the cubbies.

Here’s another option if you don’t like your yarn to be so visible, or you want to protect it more from dust.

I haven’t personally purchased these, but I have a friend who has them and loves them. From what I’ve seen you can attach them in different ways to make them work better for the space you have. They’re also really affordable compared to some of the wood cubbies. You can get this 9-cube cubby, or get the 12-cube one if you need more storage space.

Maybe you don’t have enough room to put a cubby in your house. Here’s another option for your yarn storage.

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As you can see this organizer hangs in a closet, and has plenty of room to store skeins of yarn. It even has pockets on the sides to hold magazines, pattern books or hooks.

If your yarn stash isn’t that big, and you usually only buy what you’ll need for specific projects…..well, then I can’t relate to you at all. However, here’s some great ideas to store yarn for a project that you’re currently working on.

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This yarn storage bag is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever purchased. It has so many pockets and places to hold all of your crochet hooks, plus plenty of space to hold multiple skeins of yarn. It even has holes in the top for the yarn to feed through so you don’t have to pull the skeins out while you work, and room behind the yarn to store your project when you’re not working on it.

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This yarn caddy would look nice next to a comfy chair or couch, and would be great for keeping all of your project stuff close by. This is next on my “to buy” list for sure.

Now that your yarn is taken care of, let’s look at some other things to help organize your crafts.

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I like to keep felt handy for sewing or gluing to certain projects. Felt is so cheap to buy, and it’s nice to have it on hand when you need it. This rolling cart is perfect for storing all of your felt. It would also work for storing other things, like tape measures, crochet hooks, needles, embroidery thread, or any other supplies you like to have nearby when you crochet. I love how colorful it is, but you can also get it in black or white if you don’t like the colors.

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The other things I use a lot are safety eyes and noses. This craft cabinet is something you normally see used to store nails and screws, but it would be perfect for storing safety eyes or buttons in. And it will sit right on top of one of your yarn cubbies too, making them easily accessible when you need them.

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I buy buttons a lot too, and like to have lots of choices when I’m working on projects. These plastic bottles would look so pretty filled with colorful buttons and sitting on top of one of your yarn cubbies.

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These reusable chalk labels would be great for the craft cabinet or for the plastic bottles, so you can easily see what’s inside.

I have a lot of crochet hooks and scissors. Sometimes I think I’ve started collecting scissors, actually, since I have so many pairs in so many different sizes. I found two neat options for holding all of this stuff and keeping it within my reach. This storage caddy is so bright and cheerful, and the separate containers can be removed to make everything more accessible. Don’t like the bright colors? Then check out this fabric caddy that is big enough to hold all of your essential tools.

If you’re like me, you’ve got a library of patterns that you plan to get to eventually. As important as it is to organize your craft space, it’s also important to organize your time.

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Print out all of your patterns and store them in a binder. You can even separate them into different pattern types, and get a second binder to move the pattern to after you’ve finished it, especially if you plan to make more of that item in the future. This binder comes in different colors and different sizes, so you can customize them to work in your space.

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This is one of my favorite things that I found. These dry erase pockets are perfect to hold the pattern that you’re currently working on. Just slip the paper inside, then use a dry erase marker to cross off each row as you finish it, without messing up the pattern.

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This organizer has 8 compartments you can use to hold your printed patterns, magazines, or binders. It would also sit nicely on top of one of your yarn cubbies, and I love the pattern on it. It’s also available in solid black, though, if the pattern isn’t your thing.

 

I like to buy crochet magazines. It’s hard for me to get out of Joann’s or Michaels without picking one up, because there are so many different patterns in each of them. These magazine holders come in different colors to brighten up your craft space. If the bright colors aren’t your thing, you can also get these pastel ones that have a floral print on them. Either one of them would look great on top of your yarn cubbies, and will help you organize all of those magazines (or maybe even some crochet books) that you have lying around.51hmSd+xPlL._SL1500_

Another great tool to help you organize your time is a dry erase board. You can write your to-do list on it each day so it’s easily visible. This one is also magnetic so you can pin up some notes or a pattern if you want to.

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I really like this dry erase/corkboard too, because I like the space to pin up other motivating things to keep me going. I have a dry erase board on my bedroom door that I use to keep track of things that need to get done, but I might have to replace it with one of these eventually.

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And don’t forget to pick up some extra dry erase markers! This set also comes with an eraser, and cleaner to keep your board white.

Ok, I really had to force myself to stop looking at craft room ideas, because once I get going it’s hard to stop. I like to dream of the space I’d create if I just had the room, but it’s also fun to figure out ways to make things work in the space that I have. I got a few new ideas from this post that I’ll be buying soon, and I think it’s helped motivate me to get more organized for the new year.

Hope you found some useful products here! If you purchase any of them, go leave me a comment on Facebook and tell me what you think of them.

 

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