I’ve been working on my craft room for 2 weeks now. In Week #1, I showed you what I was starting out with. Boy was it a doozy! It’s still in the “hot mess” stage, but it’s getting better.
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I have a few organizing systems in place and a few more planned. My wonderful blogging friends have been keeping me on track, and even though some of them have been sick they have been encouraging me as they tackle their own craft spaces.
Visit the lovely ladies below and see how they are coming along.
Michelle from Our Crafty Mom
I have managed to get rid of quite a bit of stuff. I don’t want to call it junk, but I did find some hidden “gems” like water bottles and plastic lemonade containers that I was hoarding for a possible project.
Here’s an up close and personal look.
In Week #2, I showed you my clean table and posted a list of the crazy things that I found that didn’t belong in my room. My table is full again. *sigh* I needed to move a few things and in order to do it, I had to empty them. I should have put it all in a box or tote, but I was making such good progress that I didn’t want to get sidetracked by going into the garage.
I FINALLY have all three cube units by ArtBin on one wall. They aren’t all the way organized yet, but they are coming along. I have ArtBin Storage totes in three sizes. Some of them are still empty, and I have wood mounted rubber stamps in two of them, which I might moved.
Storing rubber stamps has always been a problem. I have them in at least four different places scattered throughout my craft room. I need a better system. At this point, I’m just trying to gather them into one place, so I can actually see what I have.
My eye sore filing cabinet is still in the same spot as it was 5 years ago. I would really like to get rid of it, but there’s no other logical place to put it right now.
I moved everything out of the floor area, so that I could rearrange a few things. The filing cabinet will have a new home in another corner as soon as I get it cleared out.
Paper storage is another problem. I separated all of my paper by theme, and even had a pile to get rid of. When I did a lot of scrapbooking, I went through paper like crazy. Since I haven’t scrapbooked much lately, I seem to have accumulated paper much faster then I’m using it.
These are only my 12×12 printed stacks. I also have solid cardstock, 6×6 paper pads, and scraps sorted by color. I’ve slowed down on buying 12×12 paper since I mostly use it for cards right now.
I debated on whether to stack my paper vertically or horizontally. I can fit more on the shelf it I store it horizontally, but it will be more difficult to get out if I want a paper that’s on the bottom.
I marked the edges of the paper pads with a Sharpie Marker so I know what they are. I rarely buy single sheets of paper. I try to always buy paper in stacks or kits.
My pens were laying all over my desk. I used Command Hooks and small buckets to separate some of them. I still have three sets of pens on my desk. They are still in the package though, and I’m going to try to keep them like that.
So that’s what I have so far. It was hard getting started, but once I could see a little progress, it encouraged me to keep on working.
Don’t forget to visit the other crafty ladies and see what kinds of storage solutions they’ve come up with.