A hobby should be relaxing and give you a way to unwind. But if you’re spending more time searching for your scissors, paints or pliers than actually creating a project, it may be time to organize your hobby space.
Everyday items, some of them probably already in your home, can become efficient tools for storing materials and supplies for your favorite diversion, whether it’s knitting, photography or 3-D printing.
Carving out a well-appointed nook for hobbyists is a frequent assignment for Sherri Hopper, a professional organizer with Control Freaks in Charlotte. Hopper often finds inexpensive solutions for clients.
“We repurpose all of the time,” she said. “If something is sitting around the house and it’s not being used, we can figure out a way to use it.”
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If you find yourself making a trip to the fabric store to purchase a spool of canary yellow thread even though you’re pretty sure you have at least two of them stashed somewhere at home, it’s time to come up with a better system for inventory management. Storing similar items together will keep you in-the-know about your supplies. Make one place for all spools to gather. Clear glass vessels, such as Ikea’s Ryssby Jars with Lids, make it easier to keep tabs on your stashes. Each two-pack comes with one 3-quart and one 4-quart jar and matching glass lids.
“It’s that visual reminder that, oh, this is where that goes, and then it’s just so easy to put it back when you’re done,” said Hopper.
Plus, they’re food safe, so if you switch to candy-making for a hobby, you can repurpose the jars. $18.99 at ikea.com.
It’s wise to keep essential tools close as you practice your craft. One of the most useful items in a hobby room: scissors. The Umbra-Trigem Three-Tier Tree Jewelry Stand can hold large, medium and small pairs at the same time. $25 at wayfair.com.
Once you’ve invested in colorful textiles and other supplies, it makes sense to keep your palette of colors displayed within easy sight for inspiration and quick access. Hopper often uses shoe organizers to store skeins of yarn for knitters. The Honey Can Do 24-pocket bamboo Over-the-Door Closet Organizer can display a rainbow of colors on either side of a door. It’s made of canvas with steel hooks. $21.22 at hayneedle.com.
If you don’t have a lot of space, look to closet organizing products for creative storage ideas. A multi-trouser hanger can become a place to store ribbon spools for floral arrangers, hair-bow makers and gift wrappers. Pull and cut ribbon as needed from the chrome four-tier Swing-Arm Pant Hanger. The swinging arms make it easy to change out empty spools. $8.99 at containerstore.com.
It’s a smart idea to choose one product that can do the work of two. With 3-D printers finding their way into more homes, owners soon find they need a place for the spools of colored filament the printers rely on. CTA’s Paper Towel Holder with Gooseneck Stand for tablets is a clever tool for holding the filament spools. With a tablet attached above the spools, you can download 3-D printing project files, many of them free on a variety of websites. The 7.5-inch gooseneck stand is flexible enough to twist 360 degrees, and it is compatible with most tablets. $39.99 at homedepot.com.