How to Declutter Your Craft Room in 8 Easy Steps

Last Updated: April 12, 2024

Various craft supplies organized by categories and with labels

How to Organize Crafting Essentials

If you're a crafter, you know that having a tidy, well-organized craft room is a must. Not only does it make finding crafting supplies easier, but it also helps the creative juices flow. Of course, keeping your craft room spick and span can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you don't have a lot of storage space. But never fear—with a little bit of effort and some upcycling, you can declutter your craft room and reclaim your creativity! Learn how to organize craft supplies in 8 easy steps here!

Craft room organization hack feat. Altenew craft supplies

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How Do I Declutter And Organize My Craft Room?

A cluttered craft room can be frustrating and overwhelming. You know you need to declutter, but where do you even start? Here are our top 3 tips on how to organize and declutter craft supplies

Start By Purging Your Craft Supplies

What is the first step to decluttering your room? Purge your supplies. Go through everything and get rid of anything that you no longer use or that is damaged beyond repair. Once you've sorted through your supplies, put them into categories, so they're easy to find when you need them. For example, you might have a section for stamps, stencils, dies, inks, tools, and so on. This will help you stay organized and make the most of the space in your craft room.

White cabinets with drawers used for storing craft supplies

Invest in Multi-Purpose Furniture and Upcycle Old Stuff

One way to make more space in your craft room is to invest in multi-purpose furniture and upcycle old stuff. For example, an ottoman with hidden storage can be used as a place to store 12x12 patterned paper, cardstock, and other large or bulky tools. A coffee table with drawers can hold tiny bits and bobs, stickers, washi tapes, and more. An old mug can hold paintbrushes, pencils, alcohol markers, etc.

Clear acrylic storage for crafting supplies with a few washi tapes and ink blending tools inside

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Get creative with your furniture choices and look for pieces that can serve more than one purpose.

TIP! Invest in clear acrylic storage boxes - or any clear or transparent storage. This makes it easier to find supplies if you don’t have labels.

Use Vertical Space Wisely

Using vertical space wisely is a must-try hack for organizing craft supplies - especially if you have a tiny craft room. If you have empty walls, consider hanging shelves to store supplies or displaying finished projects. 

 Wall-mounted pegboard with a variety of crafting supplies: embossing folders, washi tapes, stencils, dye inks, etc.

Storage Idea for Embossing Folders

Wall-mounted pegboards are also great for organizing tools and keeping them within easy reach. Get creative with how you use vertical space in your room, and you'll be surprised at how much more storage capacity you have!

Arts and Crafts Organization Ideas - Straight from the Expert!

Check out the video above and take a peek at our very own Creative Ambassador Lydia Evans’s craft room! We hope you learn a thing or two on how to organize your craft room!

How to Declutter Your Craft Room in 8 Easy Steps

1. Schedule some "me" time. Set aside an hour or two when you know you won't be interrupted. Turn off your phone, close the door, and make yourself a cup of tea, coffee, or whatever your go-to drink is. You deserve it!

A drawer of organized paper crafting supplies2. Make three piles: As you start going through your stuff, sort it into three piles: keep, donate/sell, and trash. It's okay to be ruthless here - if you haven't used it in 6 months (or longer), chances are you never will. On the other hand, this is a great way to get out those old faves and find new ways to use them. 
3. Get rid of the trash: This one is easy - just get rid of anything that is broken beyond repair or that you would never use, even if it were fixed. Don't think about it too much, just do it!
Organizing crafting embellishments such as enamel dots, thread, sequins, and more into piles
4. Donate or sell what you don't want: Give away anything that is still usable but that you know you won't use. You can sell items if you think they would be of value to someone else.
5. Put away what you're keeping: Once you've decided what to keep, find a home for everything. If possible, store items near where you'll be using them so they're always at hand when you need them. That way, you're less likely to buy duplicates of things because you can't find the original! 
Clear acrylic holders for tiny craft supplies and leftovers6.  Label everything: This step is optional, but labeling everything will help you stay organized and save time in the long run. Trust us - once you've spent an hour looking for that elusive stamp set or ink color, you'll be a convert!
7. Purge regularly: Set up a regular decluttering schedule - once a month, every other month, quarterly...whatever works for you. That way, you'll never again have to deal with a huge mess all at once!
Various craft supplies displayed in a white storage rack
8. Enjoy your new space! Sit back and enjoy your newly decluttered craft room! Your creative mojo will thank you for it!
Need some innovative and cost-effective ideas on organizing craft supplies? Watch the video below!

Altenew stamps, dies, dye ink pads and other craft supplies in a Raskog trolley cart

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Start Organizing and Decluttering Your Craft Room With These Easy Hacks!

A decluttered craft room will save you time and frustration - not to mention money (no more duplication mistakes!). By following these 8 simple steps on decluttering and organizing craft supplies, anybody can achieve an organized and functional crafting space. Do you have other tips on how to organize a craft room? Feel free to share them below! We’d love to hear them.

Don’t forget to drop by our All About Crafting page for more crafty hacks, ideas, tips, and more! 


  • Julie B

    Lydia, this video was so inspiring and your craft space (garage) is gorgeous! 🤩😍🥰. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Kay

    I’m trying to declutter. I have way too much and my kitchen/craft room n hallway looks like I have several stores in it. If I liked to do one thing..but I don’t. Cardmaking; altered bottles; learning to paint; stencils; new techniques; embossing powders; oh n embroidery; clay…and then a nap is needed. Lol I’ll study the videos

  • Mare

    TFS!! I wrote down these great tips so I’ll refer to them often. I realized how wonderful “vertical” storing was years ago. My biggest problem has always been keeping organized while creating my cards. If I keep all embellies in view, I’ll remember to use them. If I don’t have a messy-looking area, then I’ll forget to use all the neat things I have. It’s a dilemma because I must use my DR table, where my husband sees it all and doesn’t like the mess, but he loves for me to create. If I create in my craft room where I store everything, then we don’t see each other. I’ve tried both places, and the DR table works best for us, but…any ideas for a solution?

  • Linda

    I love all your ideas. I like things organized because I can find what I need. Thanks for sharing ideas. BTW, did you stencil all those flowers on everything or are they “peel & stick”.

  • Bonnie Carpenter

    Great videos, great ideas and suggestions. My biggest problem is I own way to much. I find something I like and have to have every color plus refills. Pens, pencils, paints, inks, paper, I have started to control my doodads drawer. My embellishments were overrunning my room. I purchased these stamp cabinets at show but the Company has since closed. The drawers were perfect height for wooden stamps but aren’t real strong to store bins by company. I think my hardest thing will be to purge, cause you never know when that day will come that I need something I tossed. I’ll have to put up a motto “GET IT DONE” So you can have fun. Thanks for your inspiration.

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