Organize Those Craft Supplies!

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Craft supplies are another one of those things that can quickly get out of hand, especially when it comes to kids’ craft supplies. The good news is that depending on what craft supplies you have, there is going to be something out there that can help you organize them. Pinterest is also abuzz with how to keep your craft supplies clutter free.

Over the years my methods have changed, but I think I am finally to the point where I have the best solutions for what I have.

Here’s how I have organized craft supplies.

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Let’s talk kids craft stuff first.

Invest in this cart

This cart is awesome. The awesomeness of it I cannot fully describe. It is sturdy and has a ton of room that is already divided down into smaller areas. As with so many things, if you are looking to control clutter, categorizing things and breaking them down into smaller groups of like items is key.

Pitch the packaging

In most cases, the packaging that most craft things come in is bulky, inadequate, and just inefficient. I find some things can be best stored in ziplock bags, some are best stored in pencil cases or smaller storage bins. I find buying them in bulk like this to be the best option. This rotating caddy is also an awesome solution.


Label, label, and then label some more. If you want your craft supplies to be well organized, you need to label anything and everything related to how your craft things are stored. This one is under $10!


Limit the amount of craft supplies that your kids have access to. Do they really need four of the same color marker, crayon, or pencil? Limiting is not only smart from an organizational standpoint, it is also smart from a frugal standpoint so they have less opportunity to break, lose, or let things get dried out.

Purge and organize regularly

Keeping up on tossing the things that are no longer sufficient for use is a way to ensure that your craft supplies don’t overrun your life.

Adult craft supplies are handled in many of the same ways in our home.

Determine what you have to store first

What are you storing and how can they best be grouped together? This is an essential step in making sure that you end up with the best storage methods.

Invest in the right storage for the job

We keep scrapbook supplies and things like paint, various craft supplies like cotton balls, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners in drawer units like this. We have a combination of the larger and smaller ones for various things. These are just a few of the things I use, but the sky is the limit!

Establish guidelines

Are kids allowed to raid the adult craft supplies? When it comes to things like this, my kids will have a free-for-all if the rules and guidelines aren’t laid out ahead of time.


Labeling is again your friend. It takes the guesswork out of where to find things.

Reorganize as necessary

What worked at one time simply may not be working now. Reorganize as necessary, which has meant several times over the years for me.

Craft supplies are a part of most homes, but they can be a headache if allowed to get out of control. See how my tips work for you!

This post is based on a chapter in Ruth Soukup’s book, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life. Grab a copy and join in as we work through it together, or, grab a copy and work through it at your own pace in your own time.

Either way, you will have a clutter free life by the time you work through all 31 days!

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