Guest Author - Kimberly Misra
If your family enjoys arts and crafts, consider setting aside an area of your home in which to store materials and work on projects. Craft storage that is scattered throughout the house is difficult to organize and keep track of. A dedicated craft space is easier to keep neat and lets you locate items quickly. Best of all, with a well-organized space, your kids will be able to set up many projects independently.
If you are lucky enough to have the space, you could devote a spare bedroom or laundry area to crafts. Install cabinets and shelves for storage and add a small project table if you have the room. A separate area for crafting contains the mess and lets kids leave unfinished projects out, something that isn't possible if the main crafting space is the kitchen table. If you lack a spare room don't despair, there are still plenty of options for setting up a dedicated craft space in your home. Consider the following.
Dedicate a craft cabinet. Take a critical look at your utility room, mudroom, playroom, or kitchen. Can you free up a cabinet or two for craft storage? If not, is there space to add a new cabinet? A tall pantry cabinet will give you the most flexibility. You can keep free-use craft supplies on the bottom and supplies the kids need help with up on top. Cabinets located in the kitchen work especially well because you'll have a built-in project space: the kitchen table.
Fill up a closet. If you can free up a closet, you'll have a craft storage area that can easily be shut away to hide any mess. Outfit the closet with lots of adjustable shelves. Maximize any extra wall space with hooks to hold bags of yarn and other bulky items. If your closet is deep enough, stash a folding project table inside.
Use the dining room. If your dining room is underused, consider making it into a craft area that can still be used for meals. Store supplies in a sideboard, in cabinets, or on shelves in pretty baskets. To protect your dining table and make clean up easier, keep an old shower curtain or sheet handy to use as a tablecloth. The room will be able to serve as a craft area by day and a dining room at night.
Get some wheels. If space is really tight, can you fit a set or two of wheeled plastic storage drawers in a closet, playroom, or utility room? You'll be able to wheel the cart out to your crafting area and have supplies at your fingertips.
Look to your child's bedroom. If you just can't fit your supplies anywhere else, invest in some under bed storage boxes for your child's room and stash craft supplies in them. A label on the top of each box will help you keep track of contents.
Investigate bonus spaces. If you have a dry basement, attic, or garage, outfit the space with simple shelving units and a table to lay out projects. As an added bonus, these spaces often have easy to clean floors.
With just a little ingenuity, you can set up a craft space in any size home. Dedicated craft storage makes it easier and more fun to do projects with your kids!