Whether your hobby is crafting, painting, music, cooking, or outdoor sports, you may start to accumulate equipment, materials, and other stuff you need to enjoy your pastime. Or, you may need to permanently set up some gear, such as a quilting rack or woodworking tools. If you’re running out of room, you can find the space to enjoy your hobby, with a little creativity.
Create Your Own Space
Having a dedicated spot to work on your hobby solves many problems, including storage and elbow room for getting stuff done. It also helps you avoid distractions and keeps your equipment away from pets and household members. Privacy may be important for certain hobbies where concentration or precision work is needed.
You may be lucky enough to have a spare bedroom or basement where you can create your own hobby room, especially if your hobby requires large equipment, such as weight lifting or fitness. If not, think about carving space out in a lesser-used area of your house, such as a formal dining room or even a living room. Separate your hobby area with a folding partition, curtains, or other divider.
Get Rid of Stuff
Chances are, you’ve got stuff in your house you haven’t used for years. Now is the time to get rid of it to make way for your hobby gear. You might have that extra room in your basement or garage after a thorough cleaning out.
The best way to clean out a room is to start by taking everything out of it. If that’s not possible, divide it into sections and tackle one section at a time. Make three piles: keep, pitch, or donate. Put those things you intend to keep in boxes or bins and stack them up. Get rid of everything else by throwing it in the trash or donating it.
Add Storage Space
The storage space you need depends on what kind of hobby you have. For outdoor sports such as fishing or boating, you’ll probably want to install hooks and brackets in your garage or basement. For hobbies involving smaller items, such as craft or art supplies, you can use cabinets or small plastic units made for storage. For a few hobbies, you can store things in plain sight. Hang your guitars on the wall, or display the quilt you’re still working on.
You might need to be creative to utilize every available space, such as under beds and behind sofas. Don’t forget the back of cabinet and closet doors; you can often add hooks and wire storage baskets. Kitchen spice racks will make excellent storage for small items.
Avoid Clutter Creep
The supplies you need for your hobby will continue to grow as you become more serious at it, and without sufficient space, you may also notice the dreaded “clutter creep.” Before you know it, you’ll have so many tools and many supplies, you won’t have any space to actually work on your hobby.
In this case, you may want to consider expanding your home by adding more space. This is especially important if you have large things such as sports equipment or if your hobby involves making a mess or a lot of noise. A modular garage gives you more space to store items and declutter your yard. These are available in a number of different sizes and styles, and since they’re prefabricated, they can be constructed quickly.
Consider the Portable
If you live in an apartment or small home, you may not have space for a permanent hobby area. In that case, consider going portable. Bring your hobby supplies to wherever you work by using portable bins, bags, and drawers or by using fold-up items that can be stored.
Use folding tables or chairs, and think about storage units with wheels, so you can easily move your supplies to your workplace. Many drawer units come with casters, and you can also find bags and backpacks with wheels. Anything with a handle, such as a toolbox or cosmetic bag, is a possible way to move supplies from one area to another.
The wall height in the average home is nine feet tall, but most people are using only a fraction of that space. Consider adding floor-to-ceiling shelves to make room for your hobby supplies. You can put your lesser-used supplies on the top shelves with your most-used items within reach. Examine your closets; you can probably add additional shelving there, as well.
A pegboard also works great, especially in garages or basements, but also in any craft room or hobby area. A variety of hooks, shelves, bins, baskets, and pouches can be attached to a pegboard for storing all sorts of items.
If you don’t have the space for a dedicated craft room, or if there isn’t room to establish a hobby corner, you may be able to multipurpose by sharing it as a guest room, dining room, or even your own bedroom. People often put weights and workout equipment in a bedroom.
Fold-down desks, which mount on the wall like a cabinet, are also an option. Once the desk portion is pulled down, there is storage behind it. For small crafts and painting, this might be all you need.
Rent a Storage Space
If nothing else works for you, consider renting a storage unit. A variety of units are available, from small, closet-sized spaces to garage-like rooms. Storage buildings almost always have 24-hour security, and many are climate-controlled and equipped with electricity and lights. Even A hobby like woodworking or model train building would work perfectly in a storage unit.
Yet, even with smaller-scale hobbies, such as crafts, a storage unit can come in handy for stashing supplies and tools you don’t need on an everyday basis.
No matter what the size of your home, you can find the space you need for your hobby. Or, if not, you can spread out into garages, outdoor sheds, or even storage units.
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