There is nothing more frustrating than getting an idea to create something only to spend most of the time trying to find all the supplies! I now create my art and craft in a minimal space compared to several years ago when I had an ample studio space the size of a two-car garage in my former home. I now have all my art and craft supplies in one spare bedroom of my much smaller house, and I have had to come up with ways to organize everything into the little space.
I have learned some smart ways to organize from my friend Carol Duvall who's inspiring craft room overlooking Lake Michigan was the envy of many! I purchased many Iris Carts and storage bins to keep my growing supply collection under control, but I still found myself searching for items. Where did I put that? The question of the day!
Working in a smaller space meant I had to become very organized. After much trial and error, I have come up with a system that has worked for me.
When I first moved into my current home in early spring a couple of years ago, I chose a sunny north light location with large windows three-quarters of the way around the room. It would be my art studio. I thought this room would be the perfect place to paint because of the ample lighting. I chose a dark spare bedroom with a small window to contain my office and craft supplies and began the organizational effort.
Once the intense Arizona summer was in session, North Light studio became uncomfortably hot. Now, I know why they call it a sunroom! In the winter, it was too chilly. I had to abandon the sunny studio and bring all the art supplies into the small, dark craft room office space. I affectionately call it the "Creative Cave." Oh, I forgot to mention, I make all my how-to videos and host our Crafting Club events in this room!
Equipped with a bathroom and a shower, I can sequester myself for days in my creative cave. I may come out for the occasional meal or visit with my husband and cat.
My little studio space is still a work in progress, but I find myself searching less and creating more.
Craft Room Tour
For Tuesday's live event, I will take you on a guided tour into my little craft room. We will peek into the drawers and closets, and I will share organizational tips that may help you be more creative with your storage needs. See you then!
The Crafting Club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creative skills, and share your passion for creativity in a fun and supportive virtual environment.
Karen Parsons is an artist who loves to craft. Her years of experience as an author, designer, and instructor in the art and craft materials industry has allowed her to discover and share unique experiences in creativity.
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