Arts & crafts are meant to be fun. The part that isn't fun is figuring out where all of the supplies can go. Some people thrive in cluttered elements, but I find it's most productive when everything has its place. There are hundreds of ways to get organized — here are some of our favorites — some as simple as ordering takeout more frequently!
• Utensilo Wall Organizer is making a huge comeback. Dating back to the 1960s, designer Dorothee Becker knew consumers needed a unique system to store their stuff. Fast forward to 2010 and it makes a great craft organizer.
• Organizing Tips For The Home Hack is a straight forward guide to streamlining your arts and crafts room. Drawer inserts are a crafters best friend!
• 5 Re-uses for Takeout Containers is an idea that hits you like a ton of bricks and you can't help but think why didn't I think of that?!. Ordering takeout is just a part of our culture and instead of throwing those containers in the recycling bin — save them! Fill them up with all of the loose pieces you don't know where to store.
• Shauna & Stephen's Lively Loft is the end-all-be-all of craft organization and did you really think we were going to leave them out of this? Psh, yeah right! This time we're focusing on their use of a peg board. Using simple cups and mounting brackets, they've successfully and efficiently stored their colored pencils, scissors, cutting mattes and more!
• 7 Places to Use Pegboard from Martha Stewart should be a no-brainer, but we don't own one single pegboard. Moral of the story — we'll be dashing off to our local hardware store and picking some up. They're extremely versatile and painting them different colors can make them look anything but ordinary!
Images: 2. Martha Stewart, 3. Jason Loper, 4. Kristen Lubbe