Our craft room is a mess. We do a lot of crafts -- quilting, stained glass, woodworking, needlework. Most of the furniture in the room (built to be a bedroom) are castoffs from other parts of the house, or the inexpensive plastic drawers you get at an office supply company. We can never find what we want, and things are "stored" by piling them on the floor.
So you can imagine how interested I was in Organizing Your Craft Space.
I've mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it has a lot of great photos, showing different ways to organize craft rooms. After an introductory chapter, there are chapters devoted to each of several popular crafts: stained glass and mosaics, rubber stamping and stenciling, scrapbooking, paper crafts, beading, yarn crafts and needlework, and quilting. You'll also find photo spreads for "guest artists," people who do that craft professionally, showing how each individual organized her work space.
You can learn a lot by looking at the pictures, and getting your own ideas from them. Even though I found that most of the rooms shown were "let's look pretty" rather than "let's get to work," I had at least one "Aha!" of my own. (Perhaps I can better organize my fabric stash by using one of those hanging closet dividers! And the tip of using metal tins with magnets on the bottom *might* be useful.)
That's a good thing, because I don't think you'll get a lot of inspiration from the text. I had expected a lot more practical guidance, not suggestions like "Categorizing books should be accomplished according to a system that works for you."
For instance, one problem we struggle with is finding a way to store large sheets of glass; the section on stained glass showed a photo of a craft room with a space built-in for the purpose, but did not include any discussion of the criteria in designing your own solution. If I have a large sheet of red fusible glass, a smaller sheet that was cut from it, and some red scraps from previous projects -- how can I inventory them so that I don't look for the glass in three places, or cut down a larger sheet unnecessarily? This book gives me no clue; I'm no wiser than when I began.
I don't think the book is useless, not by a long shot. Some of the general suggestions are worthwhile, though I'm not sure you need to be told to label boxes or to separate items by function. Even if you "know" something, it can help to have someone remind you -- with examples. The photos can provide some inspiration, too.
Would I recommend the book? Hmmm... it's okay. I enjoyed looking through it once, maybe twice, but I don't think it will have a long term effect in getting our own craft space organized.