How to Organize Craft Supplies

Confessions, people.

How much of your living place is covered in knitting and craft supplies? I know as well as anyone, it gets pretty bad. There are just so many little pieces, as well as big and bulky things, oddly shaped items…it’s a mess.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

There are so many people out there that have their act far more together than I do, but there was a time when I was not nearly as organized as I am now. My poor husband was about to lose his mind with the craft mess, so I decided I had to do something about the clutter.

Today I am going to show you a few of my craft clutter solutions, and how I organize and categorize them. They’re not all beautiful glossy magazine-style solutions. I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars at The Container Store (it was actually about $5 at Michaels, some garage sale finds and a bunch of Ziploc bags). But my clutter is now well-contained and best of all, when I need those stitch markers or yarn needles, I know where to find them.

And that’s freaking rad.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

First up, let’s talk about these little divider boxes. Why I didn’t think to buy these until last month is so beyond me. Now I just need to fill out my rainbow of embroidery floss a little more. There is so much happy here.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

I have a second box standing by for all kinds of random little pieces of things. Some knitting odds and ends, adorable tiny clothespins, buttons, and yes, eyeballs. One can never have too many eyeballs.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

Over here is where we keep the art supplies. Papa Bear and I both have art boxes from back in our college days, and we repurposed a record rack into a holder for all of our various paper and notebooks. Also, I think paintbrushes should always be on display. Because they’re pretty.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

This is my main yarn stash. There is quite a bit in this behemoth that was rescued from the corner of my parents’ basement. I like to divide up my yarn into types. The two top bins are for the goooood stuff. Nice wools like merino, cashmere, alpaca, angora, all of the delectables.

The third bin down is for the not-as-nice pure wools, which I like for toy-making. The last bin is all kinds of assorted acrylics. Again, good for toys – I’m kind of a yarn snob, and I don’t think I will ever make an item of clothing out of this stuff. Because it’s basically plastic and kind of gross.

You will also notice that every different kind of yarn is separated into Ziploc bags. This makes it really easy to squish the air out of the yarn, and fit way more into less space.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

Next door to the giant bin o’yarn are two delightful little bins that I got for Christmas. This drawer contains thread, yarn scraps, all of my double-pointed needles, circular needles, and a huge stash of crochet hooks inherited from my late grandmother.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

Next we have large consumables like ribbon and felt.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

Smaller consumables of all types.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

Non-consumables like pins, ink, scissors, and the like.

How to Organize Craft Supplies

Paint, glue, and Mod Podge!

How to Organize Craft Supplies

I keep seeing on Pinterest all of these interesting things to do with toilet paper and paper towel tubes, so we have been collecting them. I also have random little boxes, and the big heavy containers that our Teavana tumblers came in. Surely one day I will figure out what to do with all these.

How do you keep your mess o’ supplies organized?