Small Scrapbooking Spaces: Organizing In Any Size

by Lain Ehmann on December 28, 2011

tiny craft room organizationGot a tiny craft room? Organization can seem tougher when you’ve got less space to work with, but you can still make small scrapbooking spaces into lovely areas for your crafting. Trust me, in the almost-15 years I’ve been scrapbooking, I’ve scrapbooked at the kitchen table and in a closet before finally getting my own scrapbook room.

It may seem like the more space you have, the easier it is to organize. But not necessarily; I’ve discovered that when you have more room, you can hold on to things longer and make bigger messes! When you scrapbook space is small, then you have to keep things picked up and organized or you can’t work.

No matter how big (or small) your craft room is, here are some tips for getting things in order:

  • Purge, purge, purge. You can’t organize clutter. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to keep it organized, to make it look pleasing to the eye, and to find what you need quickly. Added bonus: When you keep only what you love, you will love your pages more – I promise!
  • Organize how you work. No two scrapbookers work exactly the same, so be careful when you organize according to what you see in a magazine. For instance, I love the concept of Stacy Julian’s “organize by color” approach, but that’s not how I look for my supplies. I don’t look for “something orange,” I look for a brad or a rhinestone. That’s why I organize according to item type.
  • Containerize only after you’ve purged. Once you’ve gotten it all down to a manageable amount, you can hit the Container Store and find cute boxes and storage solutions. But beware – you may find you forget what you have if you cannot see it, or that you are overwhelmed unless everything is out of site. The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker helped me realize that I like to have a variety of different storage devices for my goodies. For instance, I like to have my ribbon scraps in open containers where I can paw through them, while buttons belong in closed, clear containers. Brads and small embellishments, and rub-ons and letter stickers, are in closed drawers — out of sight until I need them.
  • Take advantage of ignored space. Hang your projects in bags on skirt hangers, or put items in shoe bags on the back of your door. Think vertical, upside down, or side by side.
  • Purge. Did I say that already?

Organizing, no matter what size space you have, is an ongoing process. It’s not a “one and done” kind of thing; you should spend some time weekly or even daily to get everything back where it belongs. It will pay off in time saved looking for that perfect button that you just KNOW you have… somewhere!

P.S. If you’re looking for more guidance, professional scrapbooker Aby Garvey has a fabulous class on “Organizing Small Scrapbook Spaces.” The 30-minute video includes lots of tips and suggestions for any scrapbooker. Check it out here (it’s about halfway down the page). 

I agree with Lain, I used to use our old wooden kitchen table, then our corner of the bedroom for years, now I finally have my own room dedicated to scrapbooking in our apartment and yes we still have a dining room table and all in this apartment!!! Thank God! Again, I really hope this helps someone to be creative and come up with some new ideas!!!

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