As part of my healthy eating project, I’m cleaning the house. Next up, Organizing the Craft Room. Ahhh, the craft room. AKA the guest room. AKA the room where I shove things in when I don’t know what else to do with them.
This post contains affiliate links, which if you buy something won’t cost you any extra, but will help support this blog. Thanks!
I’m so sorry that I wasn’t thinking when I started to organize, I didn’t take any before shots. I was just so excited to get it all cleaned and organized that I just jumped right in. Maybe it’s better that you didn’t see it before. Yikes!
I had this old file box (you can hang file folders from the sides), so I repurposed it for my craft papers. The 12×12 sheets even fit in it. The only problem with this solution is that I can’t fit the lid on it. But, that’s ok, because I think it looks pretty with all the papers sticking out of it.
The craft room is probably the biggest challenge in the house, and probably the most rewarding. I can see what I have now! This is definitely a work in progress, as I can see more changes coming to the room in the future. But, for now, I have to start somewhere.
Again, many ideas or at least inspirations came from Pinterest.
The first step was to tackle the closet. which meant pulling EVERYTHING out. I made a huge mess in the house. There was stuff everywhere. But, I had to see where everything was and even what was there.
When cleaning out the craft room, I found this antique! A Sony Walkman. A cassette player! Wow. I’ll probably give it to Goodwill, but part of me wants to keep it! Maybe I should take it to Antiques Roadshow and see what I could get for it 😉
There were days when it was like an obstacle course to get into the craft room. Hurdle over this. Duck under that. Stretch to reach that thing.
So, here are some more cleansing the house photos for you…
This is the only before photo that I remembered to take. I used to store my rolls of paper in this hamper, but I couldn’t see all the rolls, and sometimes they would get squished in there and the paper would get ripped or crumpled. So I took all the rolls out and used the hamper as a place to store fabric (things that need to be mended or turned into quilts).
I finally decided that this would be the best storage solution for the wrapping paper for me (at least for now). I got two of these under bed storage boxes and put Christmas and holiday wrapping in one box and all-purpose and birthday wrapping in the other box. They fit wonderfully under the guest bed. They no longer take up room in the closet, and I can see all the rolls so I know what I have. And, they won’t get damaged.
Do you have cords that get all over the place? So did I. Use an empty toilet paper roll, or part of a wrapping paper or paper towel roll to corral that cord. I also used contact paper (that I found in the wrapping paper bin) to make the roll on the left look nicer, and the contact paper strengthens the cardboard roll.
I had a few little odds and ends that I keep near the turtle tank. I used a small box that I cut the lid off and covered the box with that same contact paper. The parts fit in there perfectly, and they don’t roll around anymore. To cover the box, just pretend like you’re wrapping a gift – it’s easy to work with the contact paper.
There’s a small area between my desk and the wall, and these bins fit perfectly. It’s still a work in progress. I’d like to build a small shelf to hold these storage bins. But, I love the fact that these bins are clear and you can see inside. I’ve determined that if you can’t see inside, it makes it much harder to know what you have and to use it properly. I also found those cute green labels at the office supply store. It’s got post it glue on the back so it’s repositionable and removable. I like the bright color of the label too.
I have so many purses that I can’t bear to part with. I want to use some of the old purses as patterns to make new versions because the purse was the perfect size. So, I decided to use some hanger cascaders that I had. The purses are hung on regular hangers and those hangers are hung on cascaders. It organizes the heck out of the closet.
Here’s a link to see those Hangers Cascaders.
Also, in the shot above, at the far left you can see that I tied some scarves onto a hanger via this really cool idea.
Here’s another shot of the closet and the newly organized purses, tote pages, back packs, and lunch bags.
I cleaned off a tray that used to hold candles. Since I don’t really burn candles anymore (too afraid the cat will hurt herself on them) I’ll give the candles to my husband so he can use the wax to make more homemade fire starters. So, I had an empty tray. I decided that it would be my project tray. That way I can take projects into the living room or den easily. and, all the materials are in one place when I’m ready to work.
And, if you’re wondering what that project is on the tray, I’ll be using some old tank tops to make fabric bags via this cool idea. I’ll be taking it a step further and doing a decoration on it like this.
I’m still working on the craft room, so there’ll be more photos to come. I can actually use the room now!