Hi everyone, it’s Ilana. Spring-cleaning season is upon us, and as the resident DIY expert at the LC headquarters, Lauren asked me to share a few creative and inexpensive solutions for storing your craft supplies. Crafting can get a little messy—that’s practically a given. But when you’re not cutting or gluing or sanding or beading, there’s no reason that your materials can’t be kept tidy. I find that if my supplies are neatly organized, I’m more likely to use them. There’s no use in stocking up on 70 different spools of ribbon if they’re just going to sit in the back of your closet where you’re apt to forget about them. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks…

craft supply storage

For beads and pins… I use a weekly pill planner like the ones you’d find at any drugstore. They’re half the price of similar storage solutions from The Container Store or Michaels, and you might even have one lying around the house already. Another benefit to using a pillbox to store beads is that you can open a single compartment at a time, and therefore avoid having beads spill into the surrounding compartments (or onto the floor!).

craft supply storage

For yarn… I saw this trick in an issue of Real Simple magazine and couldn’t wait to test it out. Stringing yarn through a kitchen colander prevents it from getting tangled while you’re knitting. Brilliant, no?

craft supply storage

For odds and ends… I rely on ball or mason jars. They’re the perfect solution for storing rubber stamps, buttons, brushes, twine, and any other random bits and pieces. They’re inexpensive, have a pretty vintage look, and you can see exactly what’s inside. You could even keep a few of these neatly on display on your desk or a shelf.

Do you have any of your own tips when it comes to organizing craft supplies?

Share them in the comments!

xo Ilana

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