ORGANIZATION 101: Or How to Cram Tons of Stuff Into a Tiny Room
Hey, crafty bloggers! Happy New Year! I've been busy in my teensy-weensy craft room trying to get some organization done (again). My daughter tells me I organize as much as I craft. Too true. But I find that a clean and organized craft space helps me be more creative. Less distractions = More creativity.
My craft room is maybe 8x10. And I have enough "stuff" to easily fill a room 16x18! What I have learned over the years is how to condense and organize without doing a lot of purging. I am admittedly a paper hoarder. I can't seem to part with any paper I've accumulated, no matter how dated or ugly. I vow that I will find SOMETHING to use it for SOMEDAY! But when I can't find anything because I have so much "product" laying around, it's time to do something about it.
What prompted me was the fact that I needed to make more room in my bedroom closet. I had a tall black shelf in there holding shoes for my DH and I, but it took up too much space. I needed something shorter. So, without having to spend a dime, I repurposed a shelf from my craft room to hold my shoes in my closet and thus created the space I needed. But then I had all the crap that came off the shelf from my craft room and needed to put it someplace so I could go back to crafting. Enter black shelf. After a few hours of putting away and reorganizing, I actually ended up with a few empty drawers, got labels on one of my units, and found a couple of treasures I forgot I had or couldn't find. Whew! It was worth it!
While I don't have any "before" pics, I have a few "after" pics that I wanted to share. Here is a little peep show into my special little place.
This is the first glimpse. Here you see my shelves and carts in my pink and orange paradise. I wanted bright colors that reminded me of my vacations on Captiva Island. Everything is very "beachy" with lots of bright colors and seashells. (Notice the stuffed pelican sitting on my printer in the lower left corner.) These spaces hold all kinds of crafting supplies including stamping, jewelry-making, clay, sewing, and anything else that catches my fancy at any given time. You also see the place where my furry kids like to hang out. (I have 7 dogs.)
|What you see when you enter my room.|
|Straight In from Doorway|
|Wall Next to Entryway|
|Lower Half of Wall Next to Doorway|
|Pan Right from Doorway|
|Lower Half of Wall Panning Right|
|Movin' On Down the Wall|
|Lower Section of Wall and "Footrest"|
|Wall Opposite Doorway|
|The Craft Zone|
|Side View of Shelf|
|Repurposed Shower Caddy|
|Next To Computer -- Area with Most Used Supplies|
I hope you enjoyed the tour, and I hope you got a couple of storage ideas in the process. I'm now busily crafting away, making a few cards to have on hand for those special occasions. I'll be sharing those tomorrow.
Until then, Happy Crafting!!