Storage ideas: How I store my art supplies

One of the best things I've done this year was to take my art supplies out of their original packaging and putting them in clear sight. In clear containers. I love see-through containers because they take up less visual space and feel less "heavy" in a room.

I am a firm believer in storing things the way you use them. Organizing them in a practical way that allows you easy access to your supplies trumps making them look neat and tidy but totally inaccessible. So get your art supplies out of packaging!

I recently bought these Sparco Storage Organizers from Amazon for my pens and markers. They are 6x6x6 and can be used facing up or on its side. The adjustable divider can be removed too. I bought them when they were on sale at US$5.99 which was an awesome deal since they are now double the price.

My fave are these acrylic Muji drawers. I pull the drawers out when I'm using them and it's easy to put my supplies back [in rainbow-colour order of course...:)].  I store my ink pads, crayons, watercoloursand other colorants in these drawers. Here I have my Faber Castell gelatos.

They are also great for my Twinkling H20s. :)

My MT washi tapes sit in another type of acrylic drawers from Muji. I can fit about about 10 regular size tape rolls in each drawer. I love that I can just pull out each drawer and see all the designs at once.

I also use the 2-drawer Sparco Storage Organizer for supplies that don't fit into my Muji drawers. Like my Ranger Stickles. It's a little more messy and requires a little rummaging but at least they are all located in one place.

My buttons are stored in these stackable containers. They come in a pack of 4. I bought them from Freedom kitchenware section when I was in Australia. In Singapore, you can get them at Howards Storage World but it's twice the price.

My brads, eyelets and photo turns are kept in these small round containers that all fit in a clear acrylic case. They are organized by colours. I got them from my local art supply store Art Friend.

All my paper and fabric blooms are stored in clear tiered containers I got from True Value in the Philippines.

There you have it. How I store some of my art supplies right now. Do you have a thing for clear storage like me? *winks*


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Lizzy Hill said...

This was a great post - really interesting & some fab solutions... You have just a few pens, LOL!!!! You know the organized chaos I live in.... You do awesome in your small space. Much better than I could!!!

Lynn said...

Woo Hoo! Can you come to my craft room and organize it? It's no wonder you produce so much are really organized! I especially love how you arranged your pens and washi tapes. I am inspired!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

COMPLETE GENIUS!! I am LOVING your storage ideas!!!!!!

Shelly said...

Some great storage solutions, Yvonne! I have a few clear containers, but clearly I need more! lol See what I did there?...clearly. clearly I need more. (I know, I'm such a dork. lol) Thanks for sharing! ;)

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

What are you my dear ?? Not only you have a perfect schedule for crafting and blogging but also you are perfect in organizing .I can understand storing gelatos in a drawer but according to colors too much for me !! Your love for clear containers has made me look around in my house for clear storage for my supplies :)What amazes me is you shop for containers also very smartly .

Karenliz Henderson said...

Love your space. Your storage containers are perfect. I love those washi tape drawers.

Cindy deRosier said...

I love seeing how others organize! I have some clear storage (including the exact same system for brads, eyelets and photo turns), but also keep a lot in view on my pegboards.

Audrey Pettit said...

Awww, your crafty corner is just SO pretty, Yvonne! Love how bright and colorful everything is, and that you have your gorgeous artwork displayed all around. Such a happy place! And SO organized! LOVE all your clear containers. I am nowhere near that organized, and it seriously is a struggle at times to even find my stuff.... :(

Tracy Carrig said...

So where's your paper and canvasses :P Awesome post, and I'm very similar, if I don't see it, I forget it!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, what an awesome crafty space you have!! It's organized beautifully!! I love how you've displayed your artwork, too!! I have lots of clear storage, too, but am not anywhere near as organized as you are!! Love taking a peek at where all of your crafty magic happens!! Have a great day :)

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Ashley Horton said...

Great storage Yvonne! I think it's a great idea to keep supplies in the clear plastic containers!

Sarah said...

Love your space!! Those Muji drawers are awesome!! Love how they fit your gelatos and washi!!

Heather McMahon said...

What a fabulous post Yvonne! I love your storage ideas. I can't believe how few products we use that are the same though!

Denise Price said...

Wow, you have so many beautiful supplies! I bet that sitting at your desk is like sitting in a beautiful rainbow (with those colorful supplies all around you). Sounds like fun to me. :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW love the clear storage ideas...fatastic

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Evy said...

What Muji container do you use for the MT washi? I'm looking at storage solutions and am considering several options, but I really like the look of your setup!

Eric Bosloor said...

This is amazing. It's so organized! This is why I totally can never get into arts and crafts. I don't have the patience and discipline to keep my supplies in storage like this.

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