Craft Supply Organization My Way

New orange bins

This weekend I spent a lot of time organizing my craft supplies. I have always struggled with organizing my things. It goes way back to childhood. I always had random odds and ends that I ended up stuffing under my bed or in a drawer. So, for me, really breaking down my stuff and creating a home for everything is honestly a challenge for me.

Before I had so many craft supplies and was in my first apartment, it was actually a whole lot easier for me to be organized, but as I’ve acquired more and more things, I’ve find that the tiny embellishments, bottles of paints, and scrapbook papers can easily get pretty overwhelming pretty fast.

I bought the orange bins a while back at IKEA and I’m making good use of them now 🙂 I’m excited that they all look the same. That’s the hard part of organizing craft supplies…finding a way to make them look good without being such an eyesore! Up until this point, I’ve always had random bins in different sizes and colors. I still have a lot of different plastic and wooden drawers/bins/organizers. I either have to find a way to disguise them or arrange them in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

organized bin

So here’s a few of my supplies. The organizer I got above is a clearance find I got at Target today! I had all my pens, markers, and pencils in a bin before and it was hard to see what I had, so I thought this organizer would be a nice way to see everything and choose from!


Here’s some of my cheapy brushes. Brushes are something I don’t really invest in cause I always inevitably leave them in water or get dried out paint on them. I know that’s bad, but atleast I’m truthful with myself.

talk to the hand

I love the “Talk to the hand” sticky pad!


A fun selection of my Tulip® Fabric Markers.

red man meets minnie

And here’s some of my pens, markers, and my vintage letter opener. Isn’t he cute?

What’s your organizing style like? Do you struggle organizing your craft supplies like I do?

Until next time Swellions!


Attempting to Organize

Organized bookshelf

So, I spent a couple hours tonight arranging the three shelves you see here. You wouldn’t think it would take that long, but it did. Arranging little trinkets and organizing books into color order takes a while.

This is just 3 of my 6 shelves of my bookshelf. I am not going to show the rest of the shelves…that’s for another post. I hope that I can arrange them in a way so that the other shelves don’t look totally disconnected from these 3.

I tried to put in little items that spoke to me. A ceramic cat my sister Sophia made me, a trinket box from my friend Arianna, my California Raisins my grandmother bought me when I was little. I also tried to spice it up with imagery and colors I liked. I through a rainbow in there (Babe Rainbow, isn’t that funny?), a touch of glitter, and some polka dots. I really want my studio to be an expression of me and the things I love.

Bookshelf detail

I’ve been putting off organizing my studio for awhile and I’ve been working on it for the past couple of weeks. I finally went through a whole bunch of plastic bins with random crap in them and I sorted my scrapbook and bead stuff. There’s several odds and ends I still have to do and I still need to get the shelves and pictures up along with my paper lanterns. It will come together…I just need to stay on top of it and see it through!

Well, off to bed!

Until next time Swellions!