5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Craft Room Organization


It’s been a fun week of organizational tips, storage ideas, free downloads for labeling, inspiration, and of course sales! We hope you are feeling excited about getting things tidied up and organized, and we hope there’s a happy little MFT box making its way to your home with some new things you’ve purchased from our promotions this week!

For your reference, here are direct links to the ideas we’ve featured all week long.

To round out the week, we’re excited to share four craft spaces and a few tips for taking everything you learned this week and putting it all together in a cohesive and pretty space!


Whether it’s big, small, or portable, the key to a well-oiled craft area is making sure that everything has a place and the things you use most are easily accessible. And as we’ve been hammering home all week, labeling is a definite must! If you do the work ahead of time to get everything in order, cleaning up shouldn’t take too long.

Let’s sneak into Julie Dinn’s craft room in southern British Columbia first…

Jule Dinn craft room #mftstamps

Julie opted for dark wood in her space for a sophisticated look. To the left of her desk chair you can see that she uses this shelving unit from IKEA. The dimensions are perfect for stashing your refrigerator bins and lots of odds and ends. It fits 12×12 paper just right! You’ll also notice that Julie utilizes the space above with a rack for all kinds of glitter and embossing powder. In Monday’s post, we discovered that Julie spray paints her ink storage system to match — a great way to customize your space!

Jule Dinn craft room #mftstamps

Natural light is a must for color matching and intricate coloring, and Julie’s space has plenty of that! Here you can see behind her desk chair, she has a table space for trimming and die cutting with ease. Make sure to give yourself enough space to maneuver. And in the foreground you can see Julie’s glorious card stock tower from yesterday’s post.

Alright, let’s head south to Phoenix for a look at Karolyn Loncon’s space. I’m sure she’ll greet us with a glass of wine while we take a look around…

Karolyn Loncon craft room #mftstamps

Karolyn has a white craft table from Pottery Barn (that you can find HERE) as the heart of her craft area. She uses it as an island in her room, but you could easily back it up to the wall in a corner of your guest room. The shelves on the left hand side are great for storage and by using colorful bins, you can add pops of color to your room. She got hers at Lowe’s, but you can find them in many places like Target or Walmart. Paint a chair to match and add some black and white damask for some flair.

OK, now it’s time to put on your winter coat after our time in sunny Phoenix and head to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit Debbie Olson’s creative studio

Debbie Olson craft room #mftstamps

Debbie is a Copic Marker queen as you can tell from her awe-inspiring collection of markers. When there’s one product that you use frequently, it’s always smart to keep it out in the open and within arm’s reach. You can see that Debbie has a lot of cabinets and drawers to stash away other things she doesn’t need as often. Debbie’s space is a walk out basement, so she, too benefits from natural light.

Debbie Olson craft room #mftstamps

This is the business end of Debbie’s space. You can see her computer and printer to the left and a light tent for photographing finished projects to the right. Her MFT card stock is stored in the filing cabinets beneath the computer area, and on the counter you can see her clear stamps, sewing machine (which she uses mostly for paper projects), and a glorious rack of ribbon. What fun it would be to grab a cup of cocoa and learn some tips from Debbie in her room!

Alright, it’s the last leg of our trip, and we are off to the Salt Lake City area to take a look at Susan Opel’s girl cave

Susan Opel craft room #mftstamps

Susan lives with her sister (who crafts, too!), and their walk out basement is filled with natural light and lots of fun. The center island of the space is two pub height tables from IKEA pushed together to accommodate Beth (who stands while crafting) and Susan (who sits). At each end of the table there is a bowl for random die cuts, a personal light, and an office supply holder for often used tweezers, scissors, and adhesives. On the far wall you can see doors that used to cover the laundry space that were repurposed and turned upside down. The slats from the door are perfect for displaying finished cards, and the top area has space for Die-namics on magnetic sheets.

Do you love it or WHAT? It’s so fun to peek into craft spaces and get brand new ideas! Be on the look out for Periscope broadcasts today from MFTland that just might give you a live peek into a craft space or two. You can follow MFT on Periscope HERE or by searching for @mftstamps.

PrintLeave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to fill add to your craft space. All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for a further look into how they organize their craft rooms.


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Go forth and organize, my friends! And if you post on social media what you’ve done, we’d love to take a peek! Tag #mftstamps so we can see.