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    Curtain Rod Ribbon Storage Idea

    In a previous Craft Room Chaos column, I reviewed a commercial ribbon storage solution. Before obtaining this system, I had created my own makeshift storage that is an inexpensive alternative. (Brace yourself for the terrible photo. I wasn’t expecting to be sharing it at the time it was taken!) The concept is similar to the ribbon shelf’s dowel system. I purchased the cheapest curtain rod that I could find from Fabricland. This thin metallic rod set me back $3.99. It uses small, utilitarian wall brackets, which is the biggest problem with this rod. There was only about half an inch clearance between the rod and the wall, meaning that I…

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    Thread and Bobbin Storage Rack

    For years, I kept my wound bobbins in a clear plastic case and my thread spools in yet another case, and this was good enough. But when I began quilting, I started collecting both polyester and cotton threads. This was when the confusion started: Does this particular bobbin match my cotton spool or my polyester spool? Is this bobbin the exact shade of blue as the spool in my hand? It can be hard to tell at a glance! I purchased a thread rack earlier this year to store my threads on the wall instead of on a box on my desk. The pegs are meant just for threads, but…

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    Welcome to My Closet

    I’ve always dreamed of having a super organized yet gorgeously airy closet, the type that is featured in magazines. My closet is small yet utilitarian. Though my closet is ugly and will never win a style award, every item is in its place. This article is a brief overview of the organization techniques I used in my closet; hopefully some of my techniques will inspire you!   Managing Fabrics The bulk of my craft supplies is fabric. I just can’t get enough. Along the top shelf of my closet, I have stackable clear plastic bins. I sort my quilting fabrics by colour for the most part, but I have a…

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    Keep Your Desk Clean with Floating Wall Bins

    I try to keep my work space clear, whether it’s in my craft room or my space at work. Clutter attracts other clutter, though, so my organizational goal has been to find a place for everything and put everything in its place. For those odds and ends that need to be handy, why not try attaching some small bins above your workspace to hold those hard-to-find but handy-to-have-on-hand items? The plastic bins pictured are actually drawer organizers, but by placing a pairs of thumbtacks or screws into the wall, you can convert them to stacking, floating storage. Be sure to use screws (preferably with anchors) for heavy items otherwise the…

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    Simply Built Ribbon Shelf Review

    Simply Built’s Craft Storage Collection includes a wall ribbon holder with two dowels for holding spools of ribbon. I’ve incorporated this ribbon organizer into my craft room with a few minor adaptations. Maybe you’d like it in your craft space too? Because I live in a rental apartment, I wanted to avoid adding unnecessary holes to my walls. I placed this ribbon holder directly on top of my Closetmaid cubby shelf, rendering the bottom dowel unnecessary. It does look a little strange without a dowel there, but not so crazy that it bugs me. Most ribbons fit nicely onto the dowels, but some of my ribbon spools’ holes were too…

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    Tiny Glass Jars for Tiny Little Things

    I used to keep my odds and ends of craft bits in a few small boxes, mix-mashed together. You know how stuff accumulates: little bits of leftover ribbon, spare scrapbook album posts, metal brads, paper clips. the list goes on. By using tiny glass jars, you can subdivide small boxes into smaller units which allows you to sort your small notions by type. These jars measure about 1.5″ wide by 1.75″ high, but I’m sure you can find jars in many different sizes and shapes to suit your organizational needs. I’ve never purchased any tiny glass jars, but I’ve collected over twenty of them over time. You may even have…

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    Organizating Fiskars Squeeze Punches

    Fiskars squeeze punches are amazing. But as my collection grew, it was annoying to rummage through boxes to find the punch I wanted. Since each punch is labelled on the side, I wanted a system that would allow me to keep them upright. The solution? Inexpensive remote control caddies from the dollar store! These wicker remote control caddies are available at Canadian Dollarama stores ($2 each) in black, brown, and beige. They are the perfect size to hold the extra large punches. I like to put my XL punches in the back row with the corresponding mini version in front. The wicker baskets actually look quite charming sitting on the…

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    Hidden Behind the Bins

    I’m sure you understand the feeling of being overwhelmed by unorganized supplies. Where did I put those patterns again? Where are the pink buttons? How can I find the paper I know is somewhere in this stash?! I will post this column, Taming Craft Room Chaos, each Thursday with tips on how to organize those odds and sods that are taking over your craft area. These tips have helped me tame my own monster of a craft supply stash. I’ve moved from apartment to apartment, but this one thing has remained the same: my craft stuff keeps accumulating no matter how much I try to use it up before buying…