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How to Create a Crafting Space in Your Home

Your crafts are serious business, and they require a serious space. It doesn’t matter whether you make jewelry or create cards, practice quilting or woodworking, sew or paint. The secret is to arrange your space and keep it organized. Use this guide to set up an efficient and lovely crafting area that will foster both creativity and production. Find Your Crafting Corner Even the smallest space can become a wonderful crafting haven. The important thing is to dedicate an area that is yours and yours alone. If you don’t dedicate a permanent spot, one of two things will happen: You will be forced to clean up, put away, and move your working projects after every session. Not only is this not fun, but it may create more work for you and stifle your creativity.  You will decide to leave everything out wherever it lands. This approach makes it more likely that you will lose supplies, ruin projects, and upset the other people in your home who have to live with craft clutter.  If you can, choose a space with a lot of natural light. Purge the Clutter Before you set up your space for crafting, you will need to clear out the clutter. There will be two types of clutter. The items that are currently in the space. This may include furniture, storage, or even items that you use on a daily basis. Don’t just stuff these items in another room. Take the time to relocate them to new spaces in your house, or get rid of them altogether.  Crafting clutter. We all have extra supplies, projects gone wrong, craft items we bought but will never use and too many scraps of things. Crafting is a wonderfully creative process, but it often produces extra clutter. Go though everything and keep only what you think you will use. Donate or toss the rest.  Build Your Craft Area Now that you have your space picked out, and a sense of the amount and type of your crafting supplies, you are ready to start building your space. A good craft area includes a worktable that is large enough to hold a current project. This will vary according to the crafts you choose.  You will also need storage, which might include shelving units, drawers, file cabinets, clear plastic containers and more. If this step makes you nervous, may I suggest hiring a professional designer who could take all of your needs into account and deliver something wonderful.  Choose someone who is familiar with designing closets and storage spaces.  Light up Your Crafting Space Adequate lighting is important for any crafter. While not all of us are blessed with a space to do crafts that is lit with natural sunlight, we can mimic the effect with a well-placed lamp and the right bulb. For close-up work, consider adding in a jeweler's lamp, which is movable and can bring the light directly to where you need it most.  Every crafter deserves her own space. Congratulations on taking the first step toward creating yours. You won’t regret devoting the time to set up your dedicated space, a place you can use, for many hours, in enjoyment.       
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How to Create a Crafting Space in Your Home

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Your crafts are serious business, and they require a serious space. It doesn’t matter whether you make jewelry or create cards, practice quilting or woodworking, sew or paint. The secret is to arrange your space and keep it organized. Use this guide to set up an efficient and lovely crafting area that will foster both creativity and production.

Find Your Crafting Corner

Even the smallest space can become a wonderful crafting haven. The important thing is to dedicate an area that is yours and yours alone. If you don’t dedicate a permanent spot, one of two things will happen:

  • You will be forced to clean up, put away, and move your working projects after every session. Not only is this not fun, but it may create more work for you and stifle your creativity. 
  • You will decide to leave everything out wherever it lands. This approach makes it more likely that you will lose supplies, ruin projects, and upset the other people in your home who have to live with craft clutter. 

If you can, choose a space with a lot of natural light.

Purge the Clutter

Before you set up your space for crafting, you will need to clear out the clutter. There will be two types of clutter.

  • The items that are currently in the space. This may include furniture, storage, or even items that you use on a daily basis. Don’t just stuff these items in another room. Take the time to relocate them to new spaces in your house, or get rid of them altogether. 
  • Crafting clutter. We all have extra supplies, projects gone wrong, craft items we bought but will never use and too many scraps of things. Crafting is a wonderfully creative process, but it often produces extra clutter. Go though everything and keep only what you think you will use. Donate or toss the rest. 

Build Your Craft Area

Now that you have your space picked out, and a sense of the amount and type of your crafting supplies, you are ready to start building your space. A good craft area includes a worktable that is large enough to hold a current project. This will vary according to the crafts you choose. 

You will also need storage, which might include shelving units, drawers, file cabinets, clear plastic containers and more. If this step makes you nervous, may I suggest hiring a professional designer who could take all of your needs into account and deliver something wonderful.  Choose someone who is familiar with designing closets and storage spaces. 

Light up Your Crafting Space

Adequate lighting is important for any crafter. While not all of us are blessed with a space to do crafts that is lit with natural sunlight, we can mimic the effect with a well-placed lamp and the right bulb. For close-up work, consider adding in a jeweler's lamp, which is movable and can bring the light directly to where you need it most. 

Every crafter deserves her own space. Congratulations on taking the first step toward creating yours. You won’t regret devoting the time to set up your dedicated space, a place you can use, for many hours, in enjoyment. 

 

 

 

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