Organizing the Craft Closet On a Budget

craft suppliesAlthough it doesn’t feel like it in some parts, Spring has begun. I’ve been preparing for this time of year for a couple weeks by going room to room to decipher what to toss, what to keep and what to donate. In doing so, one thing became abundantly clear; almost every room in the house needs more closet storage, from the kitchen down to the laundry room. But the area with the greatest need for a makeover is the craft closet.

My mom and I share a fond memory of the time she pulled out all the quilting fabric she had stashed around the house in more than ten different areas; areas that my father is not even aware that she has stashed anything. While it’s funny, it’s also slightly disturbing as I tend to have that same issue.

My husband knows about the craft closet but he doesn’t know where most of my stash piles of fabric, cross stitch supplies, and crafts are and he’s always making a comment to get rid of ‘some’ stuff. But, what if, I could just make it neater and tidier so it ‘appeared’ to be less? Please tell me I am not the only one that has encountered this issue and to the extreme measures I will go to keep all my crafting supplies.

Easy ways to organize the craft closet…

The thing is, once you make the decision to start organizing, it becomes that much easier. The resistance to get started is another story. Old items can be turned into new, useful items once figure out what your goal is in organizing your items.

craft-storageShoe Racks

A simple shoe rack can be turned into a craft holder with little effort; with each pouch holding craft items in a neat and orderly fashion. There are of course more expensive ways to go but these are some of the easier ways. I find this especially helpful for the kids craft supplies such as glue, markers etc.

Mason Jars

Mason jars are a cheap and affordable way to organize crafts. They can be purchased at your local craft store or even the grocery store. You can organize nearly anything into them with minimal effort – from buttons to scissors to Sharpie markers to safety pins – again, virtually anything can be store efficiently using mason jars.


Baskets, plastic or wicker, can be purchased in all different sizes from nearly any store, in some case even The Dollar Store so that you can separate and organize your crafts whether its scrapbooking or yarn or photography, these items help to clear up space and de-clutter, with minimal cost and effort – two of my favorite things.

Tips to Keep In Mind When Organizing

Easy access

I’ve seen many craft closets, including my mom’s, that has a sheet and curtain rod in place of a door and its especially helpful if you are in and out of the closet a lot.


You can buy preassembled shelving units to stick in the closet, or create your own by using the above mentioned baskets or cubes you can find at Target and other stores in bright, pretty colors to break up the space.


One of the oldest, easiest and quickest ways to get organized is attaching labels to everything. You can buy premade labels or make your own using cardstock, index cards and anything else that comes to mind.


For the heavier items, say quilt and fabric, you can line the floor with Rubbermaid containers and keep the higher shelves for mason jars, baskets and the like.

Did we miss anything?

What are some items you have repurposed to organize your craft closet or anywhere else in your house for that matter? We are always open to new ideas! Please feel free to share them with us below.

About Gabrielle Greene

I blog at TipsOnHowToSaveMoney. My friends often refer to me as “Gaby Gabs A lot,” especially if it has anything to do with craft supplies, freebies, saving money! As the mom of two teenage girls, being frugal is an absolute must.


  1. The shoe rack idea is great! Now I just have to find a place to put it 🙂

  2. Sharon Howell says:

    I reuse the clear plastic containers from the grocery store. I like to buy cheese Danish and cinnamon rolls; both come in nice containers that stay closed, but are easy to open. Sometimes, there are other “treats” in containers that can be reused.

  3. I don’t have a craft closet wish I did lol. I have used totes though which is a big help especially when living in a doublewide trailer.

  4. Debra Parks says:

    I have started using Zip Lock 2 gallon bags with a zipper top. You can see whats in the bag. The items are protected. There is a place to write on the bag so you and keep track of how long your project has waited for you. Then I clip the bag on a skirt hanger and hang (a.k.a. hide) it in my closet so my husband won’t see how many projects I’ve accumulated!

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