Organizing Your Craft Space - Jo Packham

Services for Real Estate Pros with Casual Uncluttering LLC

Organizing Your Craft Space by Jo Packham is a gorgeous book. Mouthwatering beautiful. Every page offers encouragement that crafters who are overwhelmed by their stashes of supplies and heaps of tools can get organized to be more productive and effective in their artistic efforts. The thematic structure of the book is outstanding: an opening chapter which provides an overview of how to assess any space for use with any imaginative endeavor, and then following chapters explicitly designed for assessing your spaces in light of seven common specialties: stained glass and mosaics, rubber stamping and stenciling, scrapbooking, paper crafts, beading, yarn crafts and needlework, and quilting. There's a lot of crossover between those crafts, and the ideas for those crafts are translatable to other arts and hobbies such as model-making.


Of course, don't take this book as a license to go out and buy every bin, every cute box, every size and shape cubby you think might help. Do the work, the hard work, to examine your work area and your needs and plan - the old "Measure twice, cut once" is real. You'll get time back for your most important stuff - your creations.

Comments (5)

Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Lauren,

It must be fall, if you are thinking of breaking out the crafts. I find that many bins you already have at home work pretty well for many things. Even old jam jars can be pretty as see-through containers for small supplies. I do not like them for my hardware like nails and screws, because they are too easy to break in the garage, but for beads or buttons, they work well.

Sep 24, 2022 09:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO ,

As always organization in all areas of our lives help us to be more productive, enjoy more things and live a less complicated and stressful life.

Sep 24, 2022 10:01 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I couldn't have said it better myself. Lauren

Sep 26, 2022 10:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - while I am not a crafter nor have ever shown any talent in that world, I believe it must be a bit of diversion for those who enjoy it.  It also seems less clutter would make it better.  Piece by piece and peace (plus harmony) one step at a time.  

Sep 24, 2022 10:12 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Michael Jacobs Very much piece-by-piece to gain peace. Lauren

Sep 26, 2022 10:18 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day! bill

Sep 24, 2022 04:16 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Bill Salvatore - East Valley You're welcome.

Sep 26, 2022 10:18 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Lauren,
What I have is (mostly) organized. My problem is too much stuff. I'm determined to make this winter (maybe late Fall) a time to purge!

I hope you're enjoying some lovely Fall weather.

Sep 25, 2022 06:45 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Carol Williams I'm 10,000% sincere when I say that, if you would like help, you and I can figure out a virtual schedule, or even a phone check-in support system. We might be able to figure out an in-person partnership, or I may have colleagues who work in your area  Lauren

Sep 26, 2022 10:08 AM