One of my favorite things to do in this last week of the year is to sit down with a mug of eggnog and organize all my craft supplies that got out of hand over the past 11 months. If you're like me, you've likely accumulated a bunch of fun supplies, salvaged things you will DEFINITELY make something out of, trinkets, beads, shells, thread, etc., UFOs, scraps of fabric ... the list goes on. (And if you're like me, you have it all in a big pile in the corner of the living room.) I know this sounds weird, but sorting and organizing relaxes me, and makes me feel refreshed for the new year.
I have a few favorite storage "devices" I always turn to:
First, almost everything gets sorted into what my husband calls The Great Wall of Crafts, the versatile Ikea EXPEDIT shelf unit.
It can get pricey to buy one of these door add-ons for every cubby, but it's valuable for childproofing at least the bottom few rows:
Inside my cubbies, I use these acrylic boxes from The Container Store. They can store just about anything tiny, and they come in several different configurations. My favorite thing about them is that the lid is flush with the dividers, so even the tiniest beads don't migrate from one area to another.
I love these small polypropylene bins from Muji. The tall divided ones are great for storing pens, paintbrushes, or tools, especially when you need quick access to them. The flatter ones fit inside drawers - or they stack inside a cabinet! I find them so adaptable and useful.
Finally, to corral everything that you collect in 2012, I like this rolling bin from The Container Store (I call it the Mobile Craft Unit, or MCU - I guess we like naming things). It's a good catch-all for supplies and current projects, and you can roll it into a closet when you have guests.