January has spurred everyone to make changes and the big thing right now is organizing your space and home. I am happy to see everyone is getting on board with this idea, but it is something i have done everyday of my life. Why? because I can't stand to be in a cluttered room and I was raised with a cliche, "Cleanliness is next to godliness" and taught the devil loved lazy people. That and dad had always said, hard work will allow you to reap many rewards. Raising a family, I learned that being unorganized drove me nuts...looking for something that was needed for hours was precious time spent wasted. It has always been one of my pet peeves So I have ALWAYS been as my daughter always said, 'Anal' about my home. It always made me laugh but I never wanted ANYONE to think of me as lazy. In respect for my dad's upbringing I think.
So, as I have finished up all but one item in my craft room, (cleaning out my file cabinet was main project) I thought I would post my photo's of my organized room. It is what works for me, using things I have around the house. People will go out to the Container store, and or Walmart, or Target and spend money they really do not need to spend to organize items in there room. Yeah, it makes it look all pretty but, I live in the country, miles or hours away from the city or shopping areas, and I have always believed saving money was more important then...and living on a retirement, you tend to be alittle bit of a miser. Truthfully, I have always had pride in doing it myself with as little money as needed as I would rather spend it on other things more important. So...here we go.....
1. Tools (fancy scissors, magnifying glass, wooden rulers, measuring tape, punches, various odds and ends)
2. Stamp Inks
3. Embossing Powders
4. Wooden and Sponge Stamps
5. Chipboard Alpha's and Words
6. Glitter Glue
7. All Felt
8.Templates (plastic, paper, homemade for sponging etc)
9. On Going drawer (Stuff I have started but need to put aside to dry or otherwise leave for awhile)
10. My grand-daughters own drawer
11. Crayons, Crayola markers, Fabric Markers, water Color Paints, chalks, and kids craft paper)
12. my whatever else drawer.....
13. In Process Craft Drawer.
And see that spice rack in the corner? My sister didn't want it anymore and I cabbaged on to it and use it for all my itty bitty stuff....brads, photo fasteners, bling-bling, fancy buttons, fancy wired paper clips, assorted beads, and embellishments I have bought for scrapping. It is nicer to have it there and easy access. And on top of that? I had this heart shaped wire basket I got as a gift long time ago filled with bathworks, and it sits up there perfectly and inside are things I use regularly....a old cologne bottle with fine sprayer and full of plain water, my alcohol Inks, my Stickles, Glossy Accents, my misters, some 1/2 full of homemade glitter sprays....nothing fancy but quite handy for me.
Lastly, is my little basket with smaller card stock which sits under my table top next to my Sizzix and for my wee small paper pieces, I added them into my clear photo storage boxes, which for me is a better idea. I can readily see what is in there for colors etc. and I go to this before cutting a bigger piece of card stock first.....it saves so much in the long run, utilizing as I go.
Well, there you have it My craft room, the view from the entry door in. I have a spring rod with a valance curtain I had in this room, stretched acrossed the inside leg of the craft table, for merely hiding all my stuff underneath out of the way. It is a small room, but I still have alot of floor space so when I want to get out and do my scrap books, the old fashioned way, I bring out my folding table and it sits in the middle of the room so I do not have to put anything away until I am through. And having such a small room for my craft/computer room makes it even more important for me to keep organized. The thing I didn't show you is, I have a closet in here as well. and I have added several boards inside for now as temporary shelves....for extra storage. My dream is to eventually make shelves at one end to store my DH's fishing gear all the way to the ceiling and the rest will be for all my other things, like camera storage, tri-pods, blah blah blah. You get the picture.But only after I get my room painted....by this summer, I hope! Hope you enjoyed seeing my space and gave you inspiration for your own craft area. Remember, make it work for you, make it easy access so it is within reach so creating is more fun! I hope you have found some good ideas while peaking in my craft room. Until later..........