How Efficient is Your Craft Space?

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An easy way to increase the time you have in your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut small business is to improve the efficiency in your workspace. Recently, I noticed while working on projects, I kept having to get up from my project to retrieve a supply, my camera, etc. So, I set out to fix the lack of efficiency in my workspace. Today, I am challenging you to do the same!

How to Improve the Efficiency in Your Craft Workspace

  1. Draw a map of your workspace.
  2. When working on your next projects, draw a line every time you get up to get a supply or reach for something.
  3. Evaluate the lines and see which ones you can eliminate either by moving supplies you use frequently or rearranging furniture.

Let’s take a look at my efficiency map.
To make it easier to explain, I’ve numbered each section.

How Efficient is Your Craft Space? Great for Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Crafters. By cuttingforbusiness.com.

  1. These arrows denote trips to a closet where I store some craft supplies (mostly vinyl).
  2. A short chest of drawers where I store blank products. My heat press also sits on top of it. I have a tiny craft space and have to walk around the chest to use the heat press.
  3. The arrows above my desk refer to hanging buckets I have mounted on the wall for small supplies like markers and blades.
  4. In addition to my desk, I have a second workspace in my craft area. I rarely used the workbench top. Instead, I only use the storage below it.
  5. This shelf houses all of my machines.

What I learned from my efficiency map:

  1. I really need to move all the craft supplies into my craft room.
  2. It’s a pain to walk around the drawers to use the heat press.
  3. I don’t really need the second workspace in my craft space because it is only being used a storage.

What I did next and my improved workflow:

I moved the workbench out of my space, turned the drawers, and added an additional shelf. You do not have to make a second map, but I did to show you how my efficiency improved with a few simple changes. Look at my improved workflow:

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Need inspiration for a teeny tiny craft space? As professional organizers pointed out in this post, go vertical. Here’s a peek at my craft space:

How Efficient is Your Craft Space? Great for Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Crafters. By cuttingforbusiness.com.

How Efficient is Your Craft Space? Great for Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Crafters. By cuttingforbusiness.com.

How Efficient is Your Craft Space? Great for Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Crafters. By cuttingforbusiness.com.

Now, it’s your turn to look at the efficiency in your workspace.

Save this post to Pinterest before you start drawing your map:

How Efficient is Your Craft Space? Great for Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Crafters. By cuttingforbusiness.com.

20 thoughts on “How Efficient is Your Craft Space?”

  1. Wow this is fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to show this. I have been wasting a great deal of time searching for supplies and over analyzing organization solutions. The maps helped and the pictures brought the whole idea home for me.

    Many thanks!!

  2. I am sure so many crafters don’t consider their use of space! I recently traded my kneeling chair for a swivel chair in my office. I couldn’t sit on it comfortably and wasn’t using the space as often as I would like. It’s small stuff like that that makes a difference.

  3. Looks awesome! I love the idea of hanging your mats on the wall because, I don’t know about the Sihouette mats, but the Cricut mats are very wobbly, slippery and just a pain to be storing away in drawers. Also, the plastic covering on the mats tend to bend and get stuck to the other mats as I’m pulling out of the drawers ????. I’m definitely gonna try hanging mine! I have a question though, I noticed that your Cricut machine sits behind you on a shelf, do you move it to your desk when you’re gonna use it or are you able to use it as is? Thanks for all your awesome help!

    1. Hi Irene! All my Cricut mats are right behind the Silhouette ones! For the safety of the machines (I have a bunch of little ones at home!) they all sit on the shelf. There’s no clearance behind them, so I put them on my desk to use then put them back. Since my desk is across the from them I leave the cords plugged in at my desk and only the machine itself sits on the shelf. Hope that makes sense!

  4. What a great post and information, I have a great space, but am always thinking I have to get up too much. I may have too much “stuff”. Is that possible? Lol
    I can’t wait to make my map and see where to go from there.
    Thanks for the information.

  5. Is your heat press cabinet from IKEA also? I’m getting a heat press and want a dedicated stand for it, but don’t want it to be too low or too high.

    1. Hi Barb! It is not, it is a lateral file cabinet from Staples. It is very sturdy, however; I’ve had it for many, many years. I doubt they still carry the same one.

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