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Updated September 14, 2010, 12:00 am betterhomesgardens
Bring a little order to your craft chaos.
Take one old cupboard, a coat of paint, and a few quick and clever storage solutions and you just won’t believe how organised you’ve become. With a place for everything and everything in its place, it almost seems a pity to close the doors!Transform an old cupboard into a deluxe craft box
Use a magnetic strip to hold all sorts of things. These metal containers are perfect for organising all those tiny bits and pieces that can so easily clutter your work space.
Keep ribbons untangled with this nifty dispenser. Punch holes in the front of a shoe box for grommets. Make holes in each end of the box for a dowel and pass it through, threading ribbon spools on the way. Secure dowel ends with rubber bands, and feed ribbons through the front holes.
Attach a spice rack to the inside of one door. Then line it with small jars that contain all your buttons, beads, sequins and a whole lot more.
Sort your fabrics into drawers that fit on the cupboard shelves. Transparent panels make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Stick a couple of lights in your cupboard to illuminate dark corners. These handy battery-operated lights cost less than $10 each. To attach them, you just peel off the backing strip and press them in place.
Utilise the inside of one door for organising papers, embroidery threads and stencils. Screw eye hooks into each side of the door, then stretch plastic-covered wire with a hook on each end, or a narrow dowel, between eye hooks. Thread embroidery skeins directly onto wire, or attach clips and hang papers and cards.
Label your containers and don’t put anything in your cupboard that isn’t properly stored. You’ll never again have to rifle through unmarked boxes to find what you want.
Set aside lower shelves for the storage of your sewing machine and other heavy items. That way, you won’t need to lift them far.
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