In my soapbox Home Goals 2014 post, I talked about how I tend to avoid the projects that intimidate me, and over-think them to the point of never starting. My craft supplies is definitely at the top of that list. Not that I was afraid to organize them, but I just didn't know where to start. And I was more focused on it being 'blog worthy' and 'picture perfect' than a truly functional system.

But I realized my procrastination has led to nothing but chaos and frustration. Really, any system is better than the shove-it-anywhere-and-everywhere-you-can-system I've got now! You're familiar with that system, right? (See the state of things here.) So in keeping with my mantra, I'm just going to start somewhere!

I have a spare closet in our 'Guest Room' (air-quotes necessary since the room consists of only a twin bed), so first task is hitting up the internets for craft closet inspiration.

I said closet, not a whole room...but a girl can drool dream, right?

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Scrapbook room... by Teasha.Marie
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And no, not a walk-in closet...

Craft Closet: For the Kids
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Just a basic, 3-foot-deep closet. I love these with the built-in work stations/desks...but ultimately I decided I probably wouldn't actually sit in my closet when working on a project. I like to spread out near a window and the TV family.

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Also, my closet doors slide, so I wouldn't be able to expose the entire closet at one time. This is about working with what I've got.

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Home Office Closet: Private Work Space
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I could take the doors off and put up curtains, but I'd rather the room stay a bedroom, with the craft supplies tucked out-of-sight.

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Craft Closet: Use Your Resources
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Through my intense research, I fell in love utilizing the door space. But like I said, my doors slide, not swing open. However, I could implement this on the back wall of the closet instead.

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All these options have given me a bunch of ideas, but what's inspired me most, are these smallish closets, where they've managed to corral it all in one compact space. Ideally, my crafts live on one end of the closet, and we retain the other for extra storage and actual closet space for guests.

Craft Closet: Arts & Crafts Galore
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My first attempt might not be the perfect solution, but I can just tweak it as the quirks of the system reveal themselves. But that's true for all organizing projects! I've started Step 2....rounding up and sorting through all my craft supplies. Can I just say, if I ever step foot in Michaels or Hobby Lobby again, I should be committed. Where did all this crap come from?!?! Stay tuned...

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