As most of you know, we moved this past summer. In our old house my quilt room was in the formal dining room, which we knew we would never use anyway ( we are not formal type of people, never mind that our huge farmtable didn’t even fit in that space!). In our new house I decided to take a large bedroom for my space, hoping to consolidate ALL of my crafty stuff in one spot, at the end of a hallway, where no one would ever have to see my creativeness (aka mess).
It is a wonderful room, with 2 windows that let the sunshine and light in, plus the cutest little flower wallpaper. I love how the angled rooflines make it feel so cozy and cottagey too. My sweet hubby put vinyl flooring down so that I could move furniture and my rolling desk chair around without worrying about scuffing up the floor, and this type of floor makes it super easy to find anything I drop.
When the movers were moving us in, I told them just to place anything that looked craft related into that room. I figured I could move it all around later. That may have been a bit of a mistake, because I felt like I was trying to play a game of Rush Hour Traffic Jam, where you have to move one item before you can move another item, so that you can get to the item that you are trying to move :).
This is what it looked like before, plus many, many cardboard boxes and plastic totes. I started moving everything around until I thought it was in a good space, keeping in mind all the access to outlets and such. And then I started unpacking and organizing. Boy, that took WAY longer than I thought it would! But I think most everything has found a space now and I have given myself permission to rearrange if I need to. But first I think it’s important to live with the space for a bit and see if it works.
So here are some pictures of what my room looks like now: I have 3 bookcases filled with book, fabrics, and some pretties, all next to each other. The bolts don’t fit on the shelves so I placed them in a pretty basket in front. The little ironing board I use as a prop in my pictures sometimes so I keep it handy. Those shoeboxes hold scraps that I actually sorted by size or shape.
My yardage I fold and keep ( sorted by color) in my bookcases, and my FQ’s fit perfectly in this hanging display shelf that I purchased years ago when a local craft store closed its doors.
I like to surround myself with pretty or meaningful items too, so that is what you see on top of my bookcases and on this sweet little shelf. In the little wire hanging baskets I have my collection of glitter for cardmaking.
My design board and spool holder are right next to each other, located right behind my sewing desk. Most of my spools used to fit on the rack, but I have been purchasing a lot more thread lately for doing applique, so a lot of that is now hidden behind closed doors. My cutting table is really a free standing kitchen island and I love how sturdy it is, as well as being a perfect height for cutting at! It also has a ton of storage in those 2 drawers and those cabinets for my marking pens, pins, scissors, etc. ( and yes, this is how my cutting table usually looks…this may even be “clean” for my standards 😉 ). It turns out that I have a LOT of rulers! The ones I use all the time are on a nail hammered into the side of my cutting island, and on nails on the wall above my cutting table, but the specialty ones I decided to put in this little wire plate holder that hangs above my ironing table. Hopefully when they are out in the open like this, I will remember that I have them and actually use them!
Now the not so pretty stuff! I decided to take the closet doors off my big double closet…it is way easier to access everything, plus I can see what I need at a glance. This side of the closet holds my UFO’s and kits, as well as my selection of batting. Specialty fabrics, like Christmas, 30’s and wools are stored in plastic bins on the bottom. On the left hand side I have my paper crafting items and roll-out bins that hold card embellishments, paper punches, and ribbon.
On the door I placed a shoe organizer. All the little pockets are perfect for holding a variety of items, from bundles of FQ’s, to small patterns, to ric rac and ribbons. I’m hoping that by walking by these items on a daily basis it will remind me to use them.
And finally there is my big papercrafting desk. It is stuck in a corner right next to the closet. That front part opens up and becomes a writing surface. This desk also has tons of storage, but it is all for cardmaking so that I have it all in the same space. On top of my desk I have a set of drawers, also filled with cardmaking supplies, as well as a candle and a CD player ( yep, I am very old school ;)). While I’m working I love to light my candle and listen to CD’s or the radio.
Well, there you have it, a tour of my new crafty space. I hope that you have enjoyed it, and maybe I have even given you a few ideas for organizing your space. And if you have some clever ideas for organizing your space please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to know what you do in your space!
Until next time~ happy creating!