Cute & Simple: Creating a Craft/Gift Closet

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Organize it your way--this is my craft/gift closet

Crafty moms, rejoice!  Now that the kiddos are back in school it’s time to haul out those craft supplies and get creative.  Uh, yeah…where are those craft supplies?  If you are like me, those earlier days of being crafty were somehow usurped by constant kid clutter.  Now’s your chance to unearth them and reclaim a bit of “you” that has been a bit, well…lost. 

Pick your poison–card making, scrapbooking, photography, party-planning, ships-in-a-bottle.  Whatever it is, I am sure you have supplies and lots of them.  Gather ’em up and sort through them.  Ditch the things you are no longer using, don’t work, or are otherwise useless.  This process may take some time, but it will feel oh-so-good!  If you haven’t touched it or used it in the last 6 months, toss it. 

Having all of your “stuff” in one location in your home is the key to staying organized.  No more running from this room to that to gather all of the things you need for one “simple” project. Decide where you are most likely to create your projects.  Not where it is most convenient to store them.  Yes, read that statement again.  I used to keep all of my stuff tucked in a basement corner in plastic organizers.  When I wanted to be crafty, I’d run all the way down to the basement, gather them up and bring them upstairs to the kitchen island.  Dumb.  It wasn’t efficient.  So, I re-purposed a first floor closet.  Removing those “traditional” closet items  (coats, jackets, umbrellas), I made it into my craft closet.  Genuis!  (Yes, it did mean finding a new home for everything I took out of the closet…yet another project). 

I love my closet!  Here’s what I keep in it:

  • Greeting cards, note cards
  • Stickers, stamps, labels
  • Ribbon, bows, accents for gifts
  • Roll wrap and gift bags
  • Tissue paper
  • Kid party gifts (just in case)
  • Trinkets for assembling gift baskets
  • A bulletin board for posting ideas and inspiration
  • Card making supplies
  • Paper cutter, tape runner, rulers
  • Lettering
  • Tiny gift boxes
  • Christmas gift-giving lists with ideas
  • Catalogs
  • 3-ring binders with page protectors–each labeled: “Christmas and Winter Decorating Ideas,” “Kids Party Planning Ideas,” “Gift-Giving Ideas” When I see something from a magazine or catalog I like, it gets torn out and stuffed into the appropriate binder so when the time comes, I have a host of ideas. 
  • I also store gifts in the closet, too…not many (it’s not that big of a closet!), but enough space for a few small gifts. 

Empowered to to tackle a new project? You’ll find that with a little effort spent organizing, your creativity will spark.  Happy crafting!

About leslie1218

Author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012) frantically working on a novel that should be ready for submission this fall. Mom of two spritely redheads & one chubby basset hound whose stories & images appear in my writing from time-to-time.

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