No matter how much space you have (or how little you have) to store your paint craft supplies, at some point, it will run out. There’s no point in keeping a giant pile of half-empty spray paint, scraps of fabric, and crusty paint brushes in the corner of your garage. Instead, make it easy to find what you need, create space for the materials you need and use, and put supplies away without a lot of hassle.

Start by gathering all your paint and craft supplies together. If some are in the basement and some are in the garage, get them all together. Sort through your supplies and group like items together. Fabric and sewing supplies in one area, paints and brushes in another, scrapbook supplies in another, etc.

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Now decide what stays and what goes. Start with the easy stuff, any dried paint gets tossed. Any paint that older than a year goes. If it’s broken, it goes.  Then ask yourself a few key questions about everything else.

·     Have you used it in the last year (not, willI use it – but haveyou used it)?

·     Is this item in usable condition?

·     Do I have the right amount of this item, or are there duplicates and more than I’ll ever use?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then keep it. If not, then toss it.

Now how do you store it all?

As a rule of thumb, most craft and paint supplies should be stored in a dry, cool, place. If your garage gets overheated in the summer and frozen in the winter, this might not be the best place to store your paint and craft supplies. Here’s a few tips to keep things organized in your space.

1.    Keep like things together – paint and paint brushes go together. Spray paint and accessories go together. Fabric and fabric scissors go together, etc.,

2.    Store each category separately. Don’t just throw it all in one bin – store each category in the same area, but in separate bins, drawers, boxes, or baskets. I like cube shelving, a bookshelf, or stacking bins for this purpose.

3.    Prepare for the future. You’re going to go to the store eventually and buy something else. Prepare for this by creating a space for new items to come in.

Here’s a few tips and tricks to keep your stash under control:

·     Only buy the supplies that you actually need and use.

·     If you buy supplies for a project and then end up not using them, return them if you can.

·     Don’t just store stuff “in case” you need them. If you need them again, the store will still have them for sale.

·     Regularly go through your craft stash at least once a year and declutter it.

·     If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t stay. Use it up immediately, or throw it away.

·     Get rid of things you don’t or won’t use.

·     Plan projects to use up any extra supplies that you have.

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