Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

6 Amazing Small Space Organization Hacks for Your Craft Room

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

If you live in the city, space is precious. It requires skill to utilize the limited space; if you have  a hobby you need a little bit more skill to manage your space. I am a sewing enthusiast; when I start working at my sewing corner I face the same challenges that every other crafter may encounter – not enough space to store all my sewing tools and accessories and it is hard to find things when I need them. All these problems point to the same fundamental issue – poor organization.  I have learned some small space organization methods and skills in my sewing journey and I would like to share them with you.

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Sorting

All crafters start building their work corner in their own fashion. Over time, the working corner becomes messy and cluttered. Most people (including me) simply put everything in a box and close the cabinet door, pretending everything is in the right place and “looks neat” from the outside. The truth is, we are building our own mess. The first lesson we need to learn is to sort out the useless things and organize the things we should keep. You should let anything go which have not been touched more than a year. You will be surprised by the number of things that can be discarded if you stick to this rule.

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.
Sorting

Classification

Crafters have so many tools and accessories – needles, spools, floss, buttons, charms, etc. I used to put them in boxes – needles in one box, floss in one box, spools in one box, buttons in one box. Although the individual boxes look neat, you must open all these boxes in order to get what you are looking for.

Many times, I needed to ransack each box in order to find the specific color of accessory that I wanted. You can buy some transparent boxes for your tools and accessories. For something which may have different color assortment – floss, buttons, beads, you may classify them by color tone. This will make your life easier when you are looking for a matching color accessory for your project. You can simply look through these transparent boxes and locate the things you need.

Vertical Space

Vertical Space

Cleaning things out is always the best way to start organizing and create more space. If you are still looking for more space after this, vertical space is your solution. Look around your working area.  Are there empty walls? Have you ever thought of making use of these vertical spaces for extra storage? These empty walls can be used for cupboards, shelves or pegboards which will maximize storage space for your limited area.

Spring is around the corner,  I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

Shelves and Pegboards

Shelves and pegboards are an easily installed way to organize and offer the most storage space. I love to use shelves and pegboards to store my tools and accessories. I have so many different boxes of tools and materials that I must store in a way that allows me to have an empty desk for my projects.

The shelves store all my extra material, such as fabrics, plush filling, books, spools, etc. Then I use the pegboard for all the tools and accessories that I frequently use – needles, embroidery floss, embroidery brackets, scissors, buttons, etc. Setting up my own pegboard system is one of my most important and efficient tips for small space storage. It is so convenient for me to work in a small space but still able to have access to all my things at my fingertips.

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

Pegboard Jars

I use a lot of small accessories or tools for my projects – needles, pins, chalk, buttons, etc. In the past, I put them in different small boxes and stored them in a drawer. Over time, the drawer was stuffed with other unnecessary things and became quite messy. I had to dig out the things I needed every time I worked.

After I set up my pegboard system, I used clear pegboard jars for all my craft accessories. I put my needles, pins, bobbins, thread cutter, buttons, in different jars. They are organized by individual jar and lined up on my pegboard. I can reach any jar I need easily. These jars are especially useful because you can see what is inside the jars without searching through your drawers or boxes anymore.

Spring is around the corner, I am going to show you 6 small space organization hacks for decluttering and reorganizing your craft space.

Clean up

I use a lot of tools and material for each of my projects. Most of the projects I work on cannot be finished in a day. I used to leave my unfinished work and messy desk behind and continue the next day. I built more and more mess every day and eventually lost my work area. No matter how late it is, be responsible and clean up your craft corner. Keeping your space tidy, organized, and clean is important. It will not only look great from the outside, it will also save you time from searching and make you work efficiently.

It is never too late to start cleaning up and organizing your working area. Small space, unlimited creativity. Consider my suggestions and use your small space efficiently and effectively.

Small Room Ideas – How to Turn a Closet into a Home Workshop

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The Dream of My Own Fishing Workshop

Small room ideas abound on the internet. I’ve spent years searching Pinterest to see what people do to make their own “space”, be it a home craft room, man cave, small sewing area, etc.  I saved hundreds of pins hoping one day I would have a space to call my own.

After moving to our new home, I had a chance to do just that.  Family members had staked out their claims for space in the house. Room after room slipped from my grasp until there was just one room left. But it would work for me. It was an outside closet that held:

  • A rusting water tank
  • Heating and cooling unit
  • The swimming pool pump along with the sand filter
  • A water softener tank
  • The pressurization tank for the well
  • And racks of chemicals next to an air intake (not a good thing)
In a world of small room ideas we tackled taking a tank and pump closet and turning into a fishing gear workshop. You can use the same steps to create your own craft workspace or just create better use out of a small room.  It wouldn't be complete without some of our pegboard ideas and organization.  Check out the step by step process to get your own workshop set up.

But I could see how it could, after some work, become a space in which I could organize all my fishing gear, design and test new pegboard accessory products and review other accessories for the garage, craft rooms, etc.

Step One: Clear It Out

Let's quickly go over the destruction part of the project.

  1. First, clear out the chemicals; they were definitely a health hazard.
  2. Rip the racks out that had begun to dissolve from years of neglect.
  3. Throw out the rusted water tank and water softener tank
  4. Move the pool pump and sand filter outside.
  5. Relocate the pressurization tank into the corner and wall mount the water filter.
  6. There was nothing I could do about the HVAC unit; I was not in the mood to spend 10,000 USD on something that was working fine.

The photo below shows the space I had to work with after the tear out. This is where I would build my own home workshop. All those Pinterest photos showing ideas for small rooms really helped.

after the tearout


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Step Two: Fixing some problems with my room.

The concrete floor was partially exposed; half still had an epoxy paint on it.

The walls had plenty of holes that needed to be patched.

Most important to me, THERE WAS NO PEGBOARD ANYWHERE.​

Pegboard was the first thing I installed. It covered half the holes and reduced the amount of painting needed. I put up a ¼” wooden pegboard from Lowe’s.  If you want instructions that will tell you how to put up your own pegboard wall, The DIY network does a great job of explaining the installation process.

Once the pegboard was up, I patched the holes on the walls. I used DAP Alex Plus Spackling patch filler.  Each filler application took a day to dry. The filler did not recess too much when it dried.  After a layer a day for two days, I sanded the patch gently.  My walls were more of a stucco pattern, so I didn’t have to worry about the making the patched area perfectly smooth.  The imperfections made it blend in with the original pattern.

patching the walls

Now for What I have Been Dreading…

Stripping the epoxy paint off the floor.

I had stripped floors with my father once, years ago.  It was not pleasant experience.  I was already getting flashbacks to that day.

Fristt thing was to get all the tools and protective gear organized.

floor stripping tools

Based on what my father, a store clerk at Home Depot and every contractor I spoke with said I must do to get rid of the epoxy paint, I loaded up to do this like I was cleaning up a hazardous waste dump.  KEEPING THE ROOM WELL VENTILATED WITH FREQUENT REST WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE!

Respirator and hazmat suit engaged.  Off we go.

safety first

The two cans of Klean Strip Premium Stripper were not enough nor strong enough.  I switched to the thick paste in the big can.

A key point to remember in stripping the floors is to let the stripper do the work. Put it on thick over the section you are working on and get out of the room!

Drink fluids while waiting because you are going to be sweating in that suit.

Once the paint bubbles up, use a scraper and dump the sludge in a thick plastic pail.  The goo will eat through a plastic bag and will also trash your footwear.  I used a pair of sneakers that were destined for the trash heap.

Strip, scrape and repeat until all the paint is off the floor and you are left with just raw concrete.

I then thoroughly washed and rinsed the floor, making sure all the stripper was gone.

The ceiling

painting the ceiling

I painted the ceiling next.  3M Scotch Blue painter’s tape went around the fixtures I couldn’t remove  and along the top wall edge, for clean lines.

The paint is Sherwin Williams Property Solution White Latex paint.  I cut in the edges with a 2 ½” brush and then used the roller. It only needed one coat to cover the ceiling.

Put a plastic drop cloth over the floor since I didn't want to strip fresh paint off the floor.

It was a little humid, so I waited two days for the paint to dry.  The central air vent helped the paint to dry and also kept the humidity down.

Once the ceiling was dry, I peeled the painter’s tape off.  I really like the 3M Scotch Blue because it doesn’t take any of the under paint off and peels off easily but keeps a clean edge.

Painting the Walls and Pegboard

First, the painters tape went up on the ceiling edge.

I used Sherwin William’s Infinite for the walls and hoped the salesman’s comments and the marketing efforts written on the can weren’t kidding and I wouldn’t need a second coat.

Grabbed the 2 ½” brush and cut around the edges, electrically boxes, ceiling and pipes on the wall.  This took a lot longer than the ceiling because there was more surface area and a lot more areas the roller couldn’t reach.

When rolling the pegboard I recommend not soaking the roller in the paint.  Better to go over the pegboard holes with a “dryer” roller so that the paint doesn’t slop in the holes.  Otherwise, you are going to be picking out paint for days!

I did need a second coat in spots on the pegboard because I kept a minimal amount of paint on the roller.  In my opinion, worth it.

Prepping the floor

Some of the concrete was broken after sitting underneath the hot water tank and other pumps for years.  I used a wire brush to get the loose concrete off and then patched the wall and some chips in the floor with DAP Flexible Floor Patch and Leveller. A putty knife kept it flat and smooth; it dried the same way.

patching concrete
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Let the floor dry for a couple of days and then put down the floor sealer/ primer.  It is bright white so it was easy to see if I missed a spot.

floor primer

A few days later the primer was fully dry and I painted the floor with Valspar Porch Floor, and Patio.  Used dark grey to help hide dirt.

If I could have done it differently I would have used a paint with some texture.  The floor is very, very smooth now.  When it is humid the floor almost feels slick.

floor painted

I am going to get a mat to and put it at the entrance; I hope to reduce some of the slickness.

It’s Move in Time!

So now I have my own space.  I needed some shelving that would be strong but easily moveable if I relocate it.

For my workbench I bought The Seville Classics UltraGraphite Wood Top Workbench and a WorkPro Hydraulic Stool.  I had a ton of Amazon gift card points to use up.

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What’s Next?

Time to get everything up on the walls.  I plan on taking all my fishing lures that have been packed away for years and put them up on the wall, so I can do a little inventory analysis before getting out on the water.

Final Thoughts: Don’t Rush It.

As much as I wanted the room finished, I took my time.  Once the kids were in bed or in the morning before everyone else woke up, I put in a few hours.  Take the time to let the paint dry.

It’s going to be your sanctuary it should feel like work to get it ready.

Make sure you set up your craft room, home workshop, “man cave” the way you want it. But keep it flexible so it can adapt as your needs change.  Soon my walls will be full of (insert shameless plug here) World Axiom Pegboard HooksPegboard Jars, bins (coming soon) and other companies’ products that will help me to organize my R&D / fishing room.

Finally, all those small room ideas have become reality.

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