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3 Tips to Help You Properly Store Your Craft Supplies
If you are limited on space within your home, you may want to think about storage units to help you free up some extra space. If you used to do crafts or you do them in your spare time, but want to store your supplies, it helps to know how to properly store them. If you simply take all of your craft supplies and toss them into a small storage unit, you will be left with dried out paint, damaged supplies, and bent paintbrushes. Below, we will cover some ways to properly store your craft supplies to ensure they are in great condition when you return.
Keep Like Items Together
It helps to store all of your like items together. If you start to place pencils, markers, and crayons together, it will be difficult to quickly grab what you need when you need. In addition, you will be taking more items out of storage than you needed to in the first place. One way to effectively keep like items together is to keep them in a plastic baggie together. Therefore, if you know you need to store rules, keep them together in one bag, but put them in the same box or tote as your other items.
Make Sure Lids Are on Tight
Wouldn’t it be a shame if you opened up one of your craft boxes to find all of the pain leaked out? Or to find that the paint dried out? You should make sure that ALL lids are secure and tight on any bottles that you plan to store. If you have multiple paints, twist the lids as tight as they go and make sure to shake the bottle to move the paint around.
In addition, always keep your liquid items upright, so that there is no chance they will leak. You do not want to find out that your paint leaked and ruined all of your crafting supplies.
Keep Items You Need Upfront
If you know that you will need to access certain items often, you should place them upfront in your storage unit. You do not want to try and fight with all of your other items to simply grab the items you need. It also helps to place a small inventory list either on the outside of the box or on the inside of the box. This way, you know exactly what is in the box when you open it up. This will save you time and energy too.
If you need to store your craft supplies, make sure that you take the time to label the boxes and place like items together. Try to avoid tossing items into boxes and bins, as this can lead to a mess.
Remember, you should keep paints, chemicals, and other accessories out of the direct sunlight and you may even want to consider a climate controlled unit to help better protect some of your sensitive craft items and equipment.