Craft Room Purge Sort and Organize Tips

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It is Week 3 of the Craft Room Makeover Challenge and we are sharing our Purge Sort and Organize tips.

Visit my Crafts page to see what I’ve been making.

From January 3rd through January 31st, 12 Plus crafty bloggers will be sorting, organizing, cleaning, and decorating their craft spaces. Each of us has a very different craft space to tackle, so chances are you will find one similar to yours. Follow along, share you suggestions and tell how you are organizing your craft space too!

Craft Room Makeover Week Three. Purge and Sort Ideas

Go HERE for Week One to see the whole ugly picture of my craftermath following the holiday season! 

Week Two things are beginning to look better and I shared some of the items I plan to use for organization.

Craft Room Makeover Week Three. Purge and Sort Ideas

Do you see my Two Tier Spinning Tray buried among the mess in this corner? Notice the coffee mug tree also. I use it to hang scissors on but as you can see, it is empty in this picture. There are multiple pairs of scissors somewhere in my craft room at this point. In my defense, this picture was taken a few days after Christmas. Enough said, right!

Craft Room Makeover Week Three. Purge and Sort Ideas.Repurposed Mayonnaise jars for craft room storage

Find my easy tutorial to make your own Two Tier Spinning Tray here. It’s one of my favorite pieces on my craft work table. Mayonnaise jars are the perfect upcycle for craft room storage. About five or six of them fit perfectly on the bottom of my spinning tray. 

How To Purge and Sort

You will need three piles while sorting for the purge. 

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Throw Away

While cleaning the craft room, it is obvious what you need to keep. You will certainly keep tools and supplies you have plans for in the near future. If you are finding items you purchased years ago and have never used, place those in the donate pile. Package like items together in ziploc bags to donate. One of my favorite spots in the thrift store is the craft table where all the goodies are neatly bagged.

Make a genuine effort not to buy pretty things in the craft store just because they are on sale. I know, that’s tough but it’s important.

Throw away is a tough one for most hard core crafters but you can and should do it! You know deep down what is destined for the trash. If it makes you feel better, put all paper or plastic in your recycle bins by the curb! 

Pick up or download Organizing From The Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. I read this book and found some very helpful tips for the purge process in particular.
Craft Room Makeover Week Three. Purge and Sort IdeasMy 10 Drawer Craft Organizer Cart is one of the most useful storage items particularly for sewing supplies. There are so many different types of sewing baubles, ribbons, buttons, felt and more. I like to keep them in separate drawers on my cart. It is nice to be able to have access to the cart again!

Craft Room Makeover Week Three. Purge and Sort Ideas

Everything has been put away in it's proper place from this end of my work table also. I needed a solution for receipts. As a blogger, receipts are needed for tax purposes and must be kept up with. Prior to filing, I tend to pile them up in my craft room where the shopping bags are unloaded. I found this pretty  storage box with magnetic closure and fell in love with the message, Adventure Awaits! You'll have to wait until the reveal to see where it finds it's final resting place in my craft room. I'm already happy with it's purpose.

Next week I will be sharing some noticeable accomplishments and I'm pretty excited to share! We are more than half way through our craft room makeover and I am chomping at the bits for it to be completed so I can go play in my craft room!

My Craft Room Makeover Goals

  1. Function
  2. Organization
  3. A pretty place to work
  4. Use that bare wall for organization and aesthetics 

Craft Room Makeover Weekly Goals

  • Week One:    Clean Work Surfaces
  • Week Two:    Purge & Sort
  • Week Three: Organize Supplies
  • Week Four:   Clean & Decorate
  • Week Five:     The Reveal

Craft Room Makeover Challenge

We'd love for you to join in on the fun challenge and get organized right alongside us! We will be sharing updates with new ideas and progress every Wednesday morning around 10 am est throughout January with the BIG REVEAL of our finished spaces on January 31.

Follow along and join in on social media by using #craftroomchallenge and #confessyourmess. You can also find us and the challenge via our social media accounts you'll see listed on each of our sites. We will be sharing 15-minute mini daily challenges for you in case you have limited time to dedicate to the challenge. We hope you share your messy spaces and progress with us so we don't feel alone this month!

Before you see the rest of the crafty spaces, please meet our lovely hosts:

Craft Room Makeover

Marie & Aleisha from The Inspiration Vault • Pam from P.S. I Love You Crafts

Yami from The Latina Next Door • Jolene from Create Pray Love

Habiba from Craftify My Love • Lyne from The Paper Addict

Megan from C'Mon Get Crafty • Erlene from My Pinterventures

Shirley from Intelligent Domestications • Valerie from Val Event Gal

Michelle from Our Crafty Mom • Rebecca from The Moments at Home

Now, let's take a look at all of the craft rooms and spaces!

Craft Room Makeover Week Three. Purge Sort and Organize Ideas. Craft room organization

DIY Storage/Organization Ideas 

Jewelry Box Becomes Sewing Storage Box

How To Make A Two Tier Pin Cushion for Your Sewing Room

Two Tier Spinning Craft Storage Tray

Washi Tape Dry Erase Calendar @Made In A Day

Craft Room Organization Supplies/Equipment

10 Drawer Organizer Cart

Bankers Box 8 Compartment Sorter

Craft Paint Storage Rack

Storage Cube Organizer

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  1. You are an inspiration, Shirley 🙂
    I love that colorful stack of drawers – so smart, so functional, and fun!
    I’ll be popping over to see all these amazing craft room make overs. Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  2. It’s always a big undertaking to remove the clutter. When I was doing my craft room makeover, I pulled out empty bins to hold items that I wasn’t sure what to do with. It was hard to admit that I had purchased some items that I knew I’m never going to use! Then, I was like, “never say never!” I finally talked myself into donating or recycling a bin full of items. Your space is coming together nicely! Looking forward to seeing more.

  3. Shirley, this is a good project. I need to do this to my space. I have a corner in the lounge room and the dining table is covered in ‘stuff’. I really need to get tidier and more organized with my craft resources. Thanks for the inspiration.

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