Today I decided to sort through some books in my sewing/craft room and tidy up the bookshelves some. My fabric and craft supplies were already in bins, baskets and boxes, but I fine tuned it a bit. I wanted to post a picture to illustrate how I used three cardboard boxes on the bookshelves as a thrifty container for my fabric. Can you pick them out?
Each one is covered with a different material ironically. (Hadn’t thought of that until just now.) The red box is covered in fabric with a polka dot ribbon around the top. The black and white print is contact paper I purchased at the Dollar Tree a while back, and the box directly under that is actually covered with scrapbook paper. Most of the smaller baskets were purchased at a thrift store last year. And the three clear Sterilite bins were purchased from Walmart a while back. All in all, the cost for organizing my fabric and crafts was fairly minimal. I’m 100% for re-purposing boxes or other containers. Why pay so much for plastic bins if you don’t have to?
I purchased ten pint size Mason jars (that I just love!) at the thrift store last year as well for $3.43. Not too shabby. If you’ll notice in the above picture, I use them to hold a variety of supplies: Sharpies, pencils, scissors, stick glue, twine, etc. And, I just love the novelty of Mason jars, so they make me happy just seeing them on the shelves. 🙂
My younger two children are 14 (soon to be 15) and 16 years old. As I was sorting books today, it was amazing there were so many they’ve outgrown. Many were already packed away, but a few stragglers remained, like: a paper airplane how-to book and a couple Klutz travel book/craft kits. It reminded me that you blink and the kids have graduated to another phase! I filled a bag to give to a new friend of ours with younger children. She’ll appreciate that.
I can probably thank all that iced tea I drank, (and it’s only half caff) but I also cut out a baby quilt and batting while I was upstairs this afternoon. 🙂 So, it’s all pinned and ready to be sewn. Productive day indeed.
It is my hope that this post may spark some ideas if you have a craft or hobby. Rethink that cardboard box or Folgers coffee container the next time you’re ready to toss it. It just may be what you need to corral your supplies. Incidentally, coffee containers can be very useful to hold nails, bolts, etc. My daughter just purchased 250 plastic snaps and my first thought after admiring the pastel colors was…Where are we going to store all these little bits? Fortunately, I had a Tupperware craft container on hand and gave that to her. Anyone remember those little blue oblong plastic boxes with the tray insert? They’re perfect for tiny things. I got that at the thrift store too several years ago for $1.50.
Clothing and shoe closet hangers can be especially useful for storing fabric, yarn and just about anything. I can see the fabric and batting I have at a glance, so it’s pretty handy. We’ve had these hangers for almost a decade and they weren’t being used, so I snagged them for my craft closet. Zero extra cost to me. Take a look around your home. Chances are you have a box, basket or bin on hand that you could use in another area. If not, check out the thrift or dollar stores nearby. A dollar here and a dollar there add up over time! Here’s to thrifty household organization!
*Bonus: One of the awesome perks of cleaning out closets is that you may just find something you’ve been searching for! Today I solved a mystery that has perplexed me since before last Thanksgiving! I found the lighted garland and garland ties nestled so very nicely inside a Target bag at the back of a shelf in the closet. I searched high and low for them last year and gave up for the moment. So, friends, a four month old mystery has been solved! Whew, now I can sleep at night! Maybe you’ll find something that’s been missing too! 🙂