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26 May

Craft Room Organization

craft room organization

article headerMy craft room—yes, an entire room!—is a disaster. I’m in desperate need of some quality organizing, and I have no one to do it but me. So I will. Here are some before pictures after I pulled everything out and stacked it everywhere. In the bathtub, on the floor, on the countertop in the bathroom, on every horizontal surface, everywhere! So you can see the horrendous mess that I have to contend with. But after 3-1/2 hours today just pulling stuff out and starting to go through all the boxes and baskets, I can see some progress. I’m going through every box, every basket, every drawer, every shelf… leaving nothing unturned. I don’t care how long it takes, but expect to spend some long hours this long weekend making hay while the sun shines (actually, it’s pouring down rain right now).

I started with the walk-in closet, because that was where everything was hoarded. Yes, I admit it, when it comes to craft stuff, I’m definitely a hoarder. And the main problem with it is that I have no idea what I actually have, so when I start a new project I often go buy what I need without realizing that I probably already have what I need stashed away somewhere. But where? I have no idea. Just yesterday I bought a roll of contact paper to make a stencil for a sign, and then this morning I found a roll of contact paper in that closet. Oh, well, you can never really have enough contact paper, yes? (I just wish I had bought some patterned instead of clear, as I also found some nice boxes I need to cover for some storage.)

So I’ll take pictures after each day’s work and continue until the room is completely organized, and I’ll post them here, and when it’s all done, then I’ll post this article.

Here’s the starting picture, after I pulled everything out of the closet. The third one is a picture of the bathtub, which is where I temporarily stashed a bunch of stuff. I think you can get the idea.

messmess2mess4 mess3Then I went through every box, every drawer, every shelf and sorted and refolded and threw away… again, you get the idea. Here’s what it looked like when I was done. It’s nothing fancy, but its organized and I have room to craft and that’s what’s important right now.

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All organized. I actually know where everything is, and what I’ve got. Now to design projects that use it!

Pencils and pens in one container, markers in another, sewing tools in a third, shelves and drawers used for folded fabric, plus see-through boxes. A place for everything and everything in its place. In my next post, I’ll highlight some of the storage solutions I came up with, for little or no money. Cause we can all use an extra buck, right? Baskets and boxes are among my favorite things.

(The bed is because my studio doubles as a guest room. For awhile, we called it the “guess” room!)2015-05-24 14.15.44

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As you can see in the sewing table picture, if you look at the rulers, there is a big sag in the table. My son is making me a new table, and when he does, I’ll paint all the furniture and recover the chairs. Meanwhile, this is fine!