Organizing Craft Space In A Small Home

Trying to organize a small home with a large family can be quite the challenge. However, it can be even more daunting when organizing craft space in the living space of your small home. This is when Pinterest can become your best friend!

This is another installment of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop. The theme for March is highlighting our craft space. It’s a great way to get inspiration on how to organize your own crafting area. I cannot wait to see the other bloggers posts this month for great ideas for my own things.

Organizing craft space

Organizing Craft Space In A Small Home

organizing craft space

One of my biggest missions is to not have our home look like it is too small for us. I like to have the appearance, at least, of an organized house. I really cannot stand it when it starts to get cluttered and it appears we don’t have a place of something. With 3 kids and 2 adults, it could definitely look like a war zone if we are not careful.

Several years ago we invested in two Elfa Systems from The Container Store. One was for a desk, and the other for toy organization. The desk is a little too small and I don’t like having my back to everyone, so that has been transformed into a Stampin’ Up organization area.

  • Underneath the desk are hanging files containing files of each color of cardstock.
  • The bins on the shelf to the right contain my embossing folders, Framelits, Thinlits, Designer Paper Stacks, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, heat embosser, Brayer, and adhesives.
  • On the shelves above the desk, the bins contain embossing powder, Stampin’ Up stapler, refills of Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Mist, and other extra’s I like to keep on hand. This is also where I keep my markers, special coloring tools, like Memento Ink, Staz-On Ink, Blender Pens, Aqua Painters and more.

With the toy organization, the kids are getting older so we do not have quite as many bins to stack so I was able to take one of the shelves for some additional Stampin’ Up organization.

Organizing Craft Space

I tend to work at the kitchen table when I am creating my cards. I can spread out quite a bit there. Plus, the kitchen, dining area, and family room are kind of one bit area. I can work at the table, but still be “present” for everyone. I also enjoy the fact that there is a window there too. I love the natural light.

Organizing Craft Space

If I were at this table facing my work, in front of me would be the wall with the toy organization unit that contains some Stampin’ Up items. Then, to the left, against the back wall is the Elfa desk system where I have the main portion of my Stampin’ Up supplies organized. It is an L shaped area, except you would need to flip the “L” 180 degrees counterclockwise.

Behind my, when I’m at the table is the kitchen. There are a couple of shelves on the wall connection the dinning are to the kitchen area we had put up for cookbooks and a phone (when we had a landline). However, I now use one of those shelves for some of my most used paper and for paper scrap files.

Organizing Craft Space

Please ignore the markers there. They are there to keep away from my children, who for whatever reason, are drawn to permanent marker! I also have ziplock bags containing pieces of cards I’ve created at my disposal.

Honestly, I would absolutely love to have a devoted room to crafting. However, that is not an option right now. So in the meantime, since my craft area is part of our living space, I at least have organized in a way to not clutter the area.

On a side note, as I was cleaning up my crafting areas, I came across some old Stampin’ Up Sets. I thought those who have been with Stampin’ Up would get a kick out of it. I remember using the baby shower set for invitations for me nephew’s baby shower. He is now 14! That set is at least 15 years old. It is so neat to see first hand how much the company has grown, not only in it’s diversity, but the quality of it’s stamps and containers. I’ve obviously been in love with Stampin’ Up for a very long time. 🙂

organizing craft space

Please visit the rest of the bloggers on this hop for more fantastic organizing ideas. Click on the image below to visit the next blog on the hop!

organizing craft space
Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deb Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley – A Mom Having Fun –> You are here!
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clarke
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter
Tammy Gill
Susan Timchak
Rick Adkins

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About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. I LOVE that shelf!! Everything looks so neat and organized!

  2. Super Stamp Girl says

    Gorgeous title photograph advertising how to organize a small craft room! It looks so professional. And I love your gray painted walls. The ELFA system (and the Container Store) in general rock. We are all so lucky to have such wonderful spaces! xo Crystal

  3. You’re very neat & tidy, Jodi! (I hope you cleaned up just for the photos, or else I feel like a slob!) Thanks for sharing your tools for organization.

  4. And, now I’m planning a trip to the container store 🙂 I love your desk/shelf set up! Super neat and organized! I’m with Deborah, you better tell us that you cleaned up for those photos (even if it’s a lie) so I don’t feel like a slob, lol. Thanks for letting us visit your space and sharing your organization tips!
    Danica Ferrante recently posted..Craft Room Tour – Blogging Friends Blog Hop March 2016My Profile

  5. Magazine ready! I actually thought it was a magazine, would you like to come to my house please!! Love it! TFS!

  6. Rick Adkins says

    Great tips! LOL I have two of the retired stamp sets you showed!

  7. I have that same baby stamp set! Hilarious! Wow, so clean! and neat! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Jodi you are so in control from the look of your supplies! How on earth do you keep it so tidy and pared down. You must purge often or have a stash somewhere.

  9. OMG your space is so nice, neat, and clean! I am super jealous! My corner is similar to yours and yours looks awesome. I love those shelves….I totally need something like that. I think we are getting a container store near in the next little town over:) And yes I feel your pain when it comes to trying to organize a small home with a large family….I am always trying new things and reorganizing!
    Jessica recently posted..March Blogging Friends Blog HopMy Profile

  10. Jodi you certainly use the small area you can dedicate to crafting very efficently! I recognized a few of those older stamp sets. I’ve been stamping since 2001.

  11. Very nicely organized! How much would you charge to come do my space?? I’m glad to see my kiddo wasn’t the only one obsessed with markers at a young age. I just commented on Jessica’s post about the same thing!

  12. Thanks so much for your “TOUR” — it was truly inspiring! BTW, 7 of my closest friends have names that start with “J” so I recently celebrated them with a brunch at my house. Wish you could have been here!

  13. You did a great job organising the space, congrats! I actually have no idea how you managed to do it, it’s a complete chaos in my house. I have all kinds of supplies all around the house, mostly because my daughter wants to be like mummy and keeps taking my things to play with them 🙂 I hide all the dangerous stuff, of course, but I leave some out for her, because I love the way they make her smile.

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