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Organize Craft Supplies- 1-2-3 Go!

Organize Craft Supplies- 1-2-3 Go!

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If you are like me, and many crafters are, about this time of year you are faced with an overwhelming amount of excess and unorganized craft supplies. The winter's project frenzy has built up to a monster in the closet that is far scarier for you than to any child. Lucky for us all, organizing craft supplies is not as daunting a task as we might think. Let's see how we can organize craft supplies in three easy steps.

Step 1: Sorting

Often in life, before we can fix something we have to break it more. So too with our craft supplies conundrum, the first step in organizing craft supplies is pulling out everything you have and sorting it into big bins. I use large wicker baskets or shopping bags, but anything that will contain your supplies is just fine. Some people prefer to work on one area at a time, but I feel this just makes for frustration later on when you find a piece of random something that you have already taken care of. You may want to sort things one section at a time, but don't bother sifting and organizing until you've got all your bases sorted.

Step 2: Donating/dumping/discarding

Once everything is sorted into it's own category or material type, you can move on to the next step in organizing craft supplies. This one requires tremendous self-control, and many crafters feel that they cannot do it on their own. In order to properly organize craft supplies, we must weed through our excess or useless arts and crafts supplies, and get rid of what we don't need. Just think of it as making room for new and better supplies. Some people can't bear to throw these fond memories away, and that's ok. You can donate them to non-profit organizations, schools or community centers in your neighborhood. This way, you are getting rid of unnecessary supplies, and doing a good deed at the same time. Whatever you decide to do with them, get rid of those superfluous bits before moving onto the next and final stage of Project Clean Up.

Step 3: Organizing and Containing

Once you've sorted through your supplies and discarded the excess, you can begin to organize. Find containers, preferably of the same size and shape for stacking ease, and begin filling them with various types of supplies. You can keep each type of craft supply separate or combine similar items such as various types of paper, buttons and beads etc. If you can get your hands on clear storage containers, I consider those to be the best. Because the containers are clear, finding what you're looking for is a breeze, and you can always see what supplies are running low. Stackable storage containers are great because you can keep them almost anywhere, on the floor of a closet, in the back of a cabinet, or up high on a shelf or surface you don't usually use. Labels also help to keep things neat and organized. When things are labeled correctly, you don't have to constantly rummage through several boxes until you find what you are looking for.

As the weather gets nicer and before the kids are off from school, take the opportunity and start organizing craft supplies. It will make those long and harried summer days run a lot smoother because when you organize craft supplies, it makes the whole crafting experience more pleasant and successful for everyone. Have a great summer!

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