5 Ways to Keep your Crafting Area Clean and Safe

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As every crafter knows, it doesn't take much for a crafting area to go from clean and neat into a disorganized mess - especially if you're working on a big project in a small space. But not only does a cluttered crafting space make it harder to find the supplies you're looking for, it can also pose a real safety concern.

Sharp scissors, pins or sewing needles that get lost under piles of paper or fabric are an accident waiting to happen, while easily-reachable buttons and other small materials can create a choking hazard for small children or pets.

Follow these 5 tips for organizing your crafting area to create a space that's both clean and safe.

1. Sort Supplies into Labeled Bins

The first step? Getting all of those craft supplies that are currently scattered across the desk and crammed into cabinets placed into neatly organized containers. Plastic storage bins with lids work well for this, so stock up!

It's up to you how you want to organize your bins; one straightforward method is to group supplies by their usage. For instance, all ribbons and sewing supplies in one bin, acrylic paints in another bin, and hot glue guns and glue sticks in a third bin. But you might also want to group them by project types, such as scrapbooking, jewelry making, or home decorating.

Either way, be sure to use a label maker to create descriptive labels for every single bin...even if the storage bins are clear.

2. Display Frequently Used Supplies

Of course, certain supplies have probably earned a spot on the crafting desk itself. You don't want to constantly be running back to your storage bins for frequently used items like pencils, markers, scissors, or paint brushes.

A small shelf or wall rack above the desk can help keep your workspace clean and clutter-free. Lazy Susans are also very useful for storing a large volume of supplies in a small space, while still making it easy to find the item you're looking for.

3. Keep Your Air Clean & Filtered

Ensuring that the air in your home is clean and safe should always be a priority, but it's especially important for crafters. Certain projects may produce a significant amount of dust, while some materials (like fabrics) may collect dust. Not to mention the negative health effects of breathing in any chemicals you might use, like spray adhesives or sealants.

Always check your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for its recommended filter efficiency. For reference, many home systems are designed to clean the air of lint, dust, dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and smoke. If your HVAC system isn't properly filtering out these indoor pollutants, you may experience adverse health effects like headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or even lasting respiratory issues.

4. Ditch What You Don't Need

In your effort to clean up your crafting space, you might stumble across a lot of old materials that you've been hanging onto over the years. If you know you're not going to be using these materials anytime soon, there's no need to hoard them - you'll just create more clutter that will be harder to keep organized.

Toss any expired materials in the trash, but consider donating supplies that are still in good condition to daycares, schools, nursing homes, or other local organizations that may be in need of crafting supplies.

5. Do It Now!


Cleaning up your crafting area is one of those projects that can stay at the bottom of your to-do list forever if you let it. Set aside a Saturday to really focus on organizing your space - after all, this goes beyond your favorite hobby...it's about creating a workspace that's safe for you and others. If you're feeling really overwhelmed, commit to just 15 minutes per day. You'll be surprised how much cleaner your crafting area will look after just a little bit of work.

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