A recent survey from UpWork revealed that nearly 85 percent of independently employed people prefer to work from a designated at-home office rather than their kitchen counter or a coffee shop. This might be because working from a dedicated office space can actually increase productivity and creativity. The bottom line? It pays to dedicate physical spaces to specific tasks, and crafting is no exception.
So, whether you’re in a tiny apartment or a kid-filled house, take advantage of your recent spring cleaning and build the craft “room” of your dreams with these simple tips.
Identify Your Space
If you’re like most people, you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to anything other than the basics (think: sleeping and eating) – but, if you’re resourceful, a craft room doesn’t need to be an entire room. It can be a multi-purpose desk in your studio apartment, a storage cabinet in your basement, or a bar cart in your living room. When it comes to creating a crafting nook, it’s more about how creatively you approach the space than the space itself.
Find something that fits into your life. It should be accessible, near a clean, well-lit working surface, and just big enough to keep the essentials on hand at all times. Pegboard is a great way to double your supply storage without compromising your surface space.
Stock Up on Basics
A well-stocked craft room means you won’t have to run to the store every time you’re feeling inspired. Like a wardrobe, you should always keep a few staple pieces on hand to build on with embellishments and accents as your collection grows.
Our go-to basics include gift boxes, good scissors, fine paper, and a ruler. Washi tape is also a functional and decorative addition to your growing supply stock, along with colored pens and markers. From there, you can begin adding tools for projects that require more precision like a craft knife or a trim and score board.
Keep it Clutter-Free
The smaller the space, the more important it is to keep it clean. Before you start building on the basics, make sure you have an organization system that keeps things functional.
Boxes, baskets, and labels will help you easily identify and access your supplies, regardless of the size of your space. Taking the time to give each of your essentials a dedicated place will allow you to focus on creating instead of clutter.
Once you’ve completed the craft room of your dreams, it’s time to get inspired. As you sit down to craft, make your first project a DIY inspiration board. Picture clippings, color palettes, and catalog cutouts will motivate you to create something beautiful every day.