Follow these 5 Steps for Craft Supply Closet Organization. My craft room supply closet makeover has been a work in progress for a while. We’ve completed it and the new storage for it makes my craft supplies so much easier to organize.
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I have tried to get this closet in my craft room organized in a way that works best for me for years. I’ve arranged, re-arranged, bought new storage bins, and purged, but nothing I did really made it that much easier to find what I was looking for in the closet.
Craft Supply Closet Organization
I finally decided that removing the existing wire shelves was the only way to really make this closet work as an organized craft supply space.
5 Steps for Craft Supply Closet Organization
Of course, before we could do that, everything had to be removed from the closet. That took quite a while! As I removed bins, I sorted through them and separated items into categories. I also found lots of things that needed to either be donated or discarded.
After removing the shelves, we used dry wall spackle to fill in holes that were left from the brackets and screws.
With the space emptied out and holes filled in, I sanded the spackle with medium grit sand paper. It’s important to use a mask when sanding spackle.
I then painted the interior of the closet using Behr Premium Paint and Primer in One that we had left over from the Refurbished Old Dresser project. I covered the floor with plastic and used a foam roller to paint.
We had success using mdf shelves when we converted our Upstairs Den Closet into a display nook a few years ago, so that’s what we used for my craft closet. For the display closet, I painted the shelves, but I didn’t need to do that for the craft supply closet.
Now that I had a completely empty space and I knew what kind of shelves I would be using, I spent some time deciding how many shelves I would need and how much floor space I wanted for large bins. Then it was time for a trip to Home Depot. The length of the shelves needed to be shortened. To save time, I had them cut at the store.
After much discussion with my husband about the kind of mounting and brackets to use, we decided to use slotted track mounting with hooked brackets. Unlike with the display nook, I wasn’t concerned about the aesthetics of the brackets for this craft supply closet. I just needed something functional. We found the best price for them at Home Depot.
Before installing the tracks, we used a laser level to mark the spots for the screws.
Much measuring was done before attaching the tracks to the wall. These attach easily.
One of the advantages of using this type of mounting system is that if I decide to change the height needed between shelves, it can be done just by adjusting which slot the brackets go in.
Since I might decide to change the spacing of the shelves, we didn’t attach them with screws to the brackets. If you’re sure that you won’t need to change them, using screws will help to make sure that the shelves won’t move at all.
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These items are needed to add new shelving to the closet:
- MDF Shelves
- Track Mounts
- Brackets for Mounts
- Laser Level
- Measuring Tape
- Power Screw Driver
These items were used to prepare the closet for the new shelves:
- TSP to clean the walls
- Power Screwdriver to remove old wire shelves
- Dry Wall Spackle and putty knife
- Sand Paper
- Dust Mask
- Paint, Tray, and Roller
- Plastic to cover floor
In an effort to keep as many of my crafting items separated, I used a number of baskets that I bought at Home Goods and Walmart that were reasonably priced. I also made use of some storage containers that I already had on hand.
To have room to store some of the larger bins on the floor space, we made sure to measure them and added the lowest shelf high enough to accommodate the height of the bins. I used my Cricut Air Explore 2 to create labels for the small black bins that all have painting supplies in them.
The floor bins have an assortment of items that I don’t use often. The lowest shelf has bins that are holding seasonal decor and projects that I’m currently working on. Moving on up to the next shelf, the bins hold items that I’ve purchased at thrift stores that I plan to give makeovers to. Paper crafts, vinyl, and Cricut accessories are on the next shelf.Give a closet a makeover for an organized way to store craft supplies. #craftsupplystorage #organizedcraftsupplies #getorganized Click To Tweet
Organized Craft Closet
Five Step Solution for an
Organized Craft Supply Closet
Step 1 – Remove all items from craft supply closet
Step 2 – Sort and Purge unneeded items
Step 3 – Determine the best shelving system for your needs
Step 4 – Prepare closet space for new shelving
Step 5 – Use bins and baskets, organizing similar items together
I wish I had done this a long time ago instead of trying to work around the wire shelves that were in the closet. This time, I finally have a system that works for me.