Don’t Let Your Crap Get in the Way of Your Crafts Part 1

Craft Shelves - After

Craft Shelves - After

Special to ArtDuh by professional organizer Laura Bramwell

It’s no secret that ‘artistic’ and ‘organized’ do not always go hand in hand, and you shouldn’t necessarily be ashamed of that.  However, when you feel inspired to start an art project, spend a frustrating hour looking all over the house for a misplaced paintbrush and end up giving up on the idea altogether, it’s time to make some changes.  Although it may seem like an overwhelming task, organization is ultimately worth the effort and will save you time, frustration, and the money that you spend to replace misplaced items.  The following are some tips to help prove that creativity and neatness can, in fact, co-exist:

1: Make the process an art project of its own.

I highly doubt that anyone artistic would want their craft room to look ‘blah.’ Once you’re done with the sorting process, you will have a new exciting opportunity to get creative with how you store everything—and make it your own.   Keep in mind that after the tedious part is over, your artistic talent will be able shine as you make some of the finishing touches.

2.  Sort through the chaos.

Clear off your drafting table to sort through every last item.  Start grouping similar items into piles.  Consider each item before you place them in a pile and ask yourself how long it has been since you’ve used the item.  If you don’t see yourself using that item again or if you have too much of a specific item, place it in a donation box.  Although it may be difficult to accept that a project may never get finished, by purging you can drastically reduce the amount of things you need to maintain.  There are many schools in Utah that accept used art supplies, so dust them off and give them to kids who need them.

3. Everything in its right place.

Now that you’re done with the decluttering, it’s time to make a home for everything you decided to keep.  Break down the piles into several sub-sections, for example: paint supplies, paper products, sewing supplies, and current projects.  As you divide up the sub-sections, start to organize items to make them easiest for you to find.  For example:  yarn and fabric by color, needles by type, and beads by shape.

4. Get creative while staying green.

It’s also no secret that ‘artistic’ and ‘environmentally aware’ often go hand in hand, and even when you’re organizing, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t.  More than likely there are plenty of items in your recycle bin that you can easily refurbish and make excellent new storage containers.  If you can’t find all of the items you need there, look no further than a thrift store and use your creative brain to give used items new uses.

5. Try to maintain it.  It may be difficult to change old habits overnight, but unless you maintain the organization, it will slowly become chaos all over again.  The best thing to do would be to put everything away after you use it, or dedicate one day of the week to pick up the crap.  If certain items become a problem again, it’s probably time to come up with a new system.

Laura Bramwell, organizing super hero

Laura Bramwell, organizing super hero

Meet Laura

If you’re one of the many who is far too busy or stressed to bring order to everything on your own, that’s why I’m here.  I recently started my own professional organizing business, and I am very excited and eager to help people organize and bring peace to different rooms in their house, including craft rooms and art studios.   Because I’m still fairly new to the profession, I am currently offering low hourly rates to those who need me.  If you have any questions or would like a free assessment, e-mail me at   Don’t worry, I’m not that lame.

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