Storage Solutions for Messy Craft Supplies
In the 2 years since I moved from being a wannabe crafter to an active one, I’ve accumulated a lot of craft supplies. Many of them fit well in the drawers and shelves, but there are certain items that seem destined to make messes. Below are some of my problem supplies and how I’ve battled them.
When I make my lamps, I often fill the bottles with glass rocks, foam balls, or other small items that add character. This has led to quite the collection of small accents. Foam balls in particular like to jump out of containers and fly around the room. They also generate a small amount of static, making them difficult to clean up. I’ve taken to keeping them in large jars or clear containers (I like to see what’s inside) with firm lids. Then I hang the jars from the bottom of a shelf or put them on top of my cube shelf unit. This has helped prevent spills as well as make it easier to find certain accents.
Paints and Liquids
Paint is always a pain to store, because you need to make sure it stays upright. The major challenge in my craft room though, is Goo-Gone. I don’t know why it is, but every bottle of goo-gone I’ve ever owned leaks. So I got a cheap set of metal lockers that I can keep cleaning supplies, paints, and other things that produce condensation like Goo-Gone seems to. This keeps the leaks to a minimum and in an easy-to-clean place. For further protection, you can keep your locker of messy liquids in the garage, where it won’t spread to the carpet.
I struggle with fabric. I often save old shirts, pillowcases, and other clothing items to use as scrap material. I save jeans for their pockets. I save fabric that may make cool lamp shades someday. The problem comes in storing it. I could keep it in bins, but my current ones aren’t see-through, so it’d make it difficult to find things. Right now I’ve got most of my fabric hanging in my closet, but not all pieces are hanger-friendly. Do you have fabric storage suggestions? Share in the comments!