Solutions for Creative Individuals

Solutions for Creative Individuals


If you are someone who spends their free time cutting, gluing, nailing and painting, then you know how much stuff comes with these hobbies.

Prepare for a Mess

Creativity is messy, so it’s important to have the right materials to keep it at bay. Whether you’re a woodworker or a paper crafter, the basics are the same:

  • X-paper

    X-paper is a flooring protection paper that allows floors and other surfaces to breathe while protecting them from spills.

  • Trash Can and Trash Bags

    Having a handy place to throw away all trash and excess is a smart idea while you’re creating.

  • Broom and Dustpan

    Sweep and clean up as you go so that you’re not left with a huge mess at the end of it all.

Keep it Organized

Hobby supplies take up a lot of space. Using innovative solutions can help keep it all neat and tidy so that it’s ready to go the next time you need it.

  • Craft and Spray Paint

    The backbone for any project is color. Store yours lined on narrow shelves like a T-brace shelf, repurposed wooden crates screwed to the wall, or sorted by color in labeled bins with lids.

  • Adhesives

    Glue is essential for all projects. Make a DIY glue rack out of scrap wood, attach Velcro to the sides of bottles and store them upside down on a wall in the shop, or sideways on a cheap wine rack.

  • Tools

    Small tools and big tools alike need a home. Invest in an inexpensive toolbox for larger ones, attach a magnetic strip to a wall or cabinet door for small ones, and keep tools that you use often handy in a tabletop caddy.

  • Odds and Ends

    Small pieces like screws and beads need a place of their own so they don’t get lost. Invest in a small-drawer storage cabinet, collect baby food jars for sorting items, or repurpose muffin tins.

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Other Ideas

One size doesn’t fit all. In these cases, try other methods.

  • Make a pegboard to hang up for oddly-shaped supplies.
  • Buy a cheap rolling cart to keep items mobile and easy to reach.
  • Use clear plastic drawers and bins so that items are within sight.
  • If you have space, simply drive some nails partway into a piece of plywood and mount it to a wall. The nails provide hanging storage for scissors, tape and other tools.

Corralling all of your supplies and tools for your hobby will help all your projects run more smoothly. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just functional.

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