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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Craft Room- Reorganized!

My craft room was OUT OF CONTROL!
Like a Category 5 tornado Ripped through it out of control!

I was so tired of it and finally found the motivation to start.
So my craft room had to face the Wrath of Allison!

This is so embarrassing!
I can't believe I am sharing this before picture but hopefully by taking a picture of it and sharing it will help me prevent this from ever happening again.

But here is how my room looked before.
See... Cat 5!

Window wall. UGH!
Unfortunately, it seems my craft room is also the catch all room so items that are not suppose to be in here or are one of those items you ask yourself "where to keep this?" ends up in here.

-I still had my Christmas wrapping paper and boxes out and about.
-Shipping boxes that I needed to break down and store
-Christmas presents thrown in the room (notice the box for my Cricut Gypsy and my new Cricut rolling bag)
-Tons of mail that was thrown in this room to get it out of the way when everyone visited for Thanksgiving
-And my prize was up here from the Command Contest.

That is just a Quarter of the room!

Now onto my actually crafting area...
I am normally a rather organized person and slightly OCD about having things clean so it's crazy I am actually able to craft like this.
Travis actually wonders the same thing.

Ok... back to the mess.
-Stuff is all on the floor
-I have a bag that is FULL of cardstock and other scrapbook paper that was never put away after our move...ugh!
-Table is a mess because the day we were leaving for TN for Christmas, I had to quickly cut something out for my MIL that I forgot to do so the cricut is out, paper is everywhere and I was trying to gather the supplies I needed to take with me
-I actually have storage cubes but half the stuff is just sitting on top of them or totally not organized in them

I couldn't take this anymore!
I came to my breaking point!
And I am sure I could get SO MUCH more done if I was more organized.

Welcome to Reorganizationfest 2011!

I asked Travis to help me unload my room.
So I just handed him anything that needed to go in the hallway to get a fresh perspective.

I had two more storage cubes and needed to figure out where to put them amongst the rest of them. Also, I was having trouble with some of the drawers in my unit that were near the bottom because of the heavier units on top so I wanted to just rearrange these as well.

This is midway through Reorganizationfest.
Can you spot my little helper in the mix some where?!

But I practically emptied out all my storage cubes and refilled them. Some of them were good and didn't need much change.

My BIG problem was the fact that I had 5 totes full of scrapbook paper, embellishments and other scrapbook items.
See all of them stacked on the floor.
Yeah... those needed a home and not back on top of the cubes because they are just too darn heavy!
Some of the paper came out and went onto the shelves in the middle.
One I emptied out of the supplies that I use frequently and got a home in the closet.
But I still had FOUR left!

What to do, what to do?!

Here is my little helper if you couldn't spot him in all that other stuff on the floor.
He wasn't helping too much though. Rather he was taking up valuable floor space and wanting love.

But after 2 days and an hour or two yesterday, I AM DONE!
It feels SO GOOD!

I have a pile of items that I decided to part with but I am sure there was more that could go.
I did have a lot of trash though!

So... you want to see it?! If you even care.

Welcome to a nice and tidy, perfect for getting my creative juices flowing, craft room!
Look at all that floor space! :)
Clean table for one please!

I want to make a fun skirt for my table but haven't found any fabric that I just LOVE yet. Hopefully I will soon.

But let's take a closer look, shall we?!

I have one of these little shelves that you put in cabinets to make more room on the corner of my desk. I've had it there with my light on top but other "stuff" piled up there as well.
I put all my scissors, ruler, and other tools in a vase I had and some pens, pencils, and markers in another one.
I got a little tool kit for Christmas and that sits up there as well.

My shelves all rearranged, restocked, and LABELED!
I did keep one of my paper totes on top of it but it is full of all my scrap paper that I dig in ALL the time so I wanted it some where handy.

Then I bought a small set of drawers a while ago and filled them with all my felt, vinyl, and crepe paper which are labeled and set that on top.

I bought an awesome label maker at Wal-Mart so I was a labeling machine.
I used it here to label my little buckets that I put small ink pads in and stickles.

I rearranged this shelf unit as well and moved some stuff that was on it to another location.

I had my sewing machine on the bottom shelf and that found a new home in order for the rest of my totes to sit on the bottom. YEAH, THEY FOUND A HOME!
Next to that is my portable light box I got from my BIL for Christmas.

I had some sewing stuff on the middle shelf and that got put into the very stuffed closet. I put that awesome little tote I received as part of my winnings for the Command Contest on the shelf full of my yarn.
Next to it I have my Cricut Jukebox and Cricut Gypsy.

Top shelf stayed the same. I have LOTS of ribbon. LOTS!
There is ribbon in that brown ribbon box I made.
Ribbon in the ribbon bag.
And I used a spice rack to stack spools of ribbon on the shelf.

Then my cricut stayed in it's home on top of the shelf.

I didn't show you this side of the room before. It didn't change much except a few items off the floor in front.

We put up the shelves after we moved in and they hold all my Etsy items.
The white cabinet is full of items I've purchased for future Etsy items or other craft projects.
My tv sits on top of that cabinet that I watch, use for background noise, when I'm crafting.

So let's take one more look at the Before and After...

So much so that I got 3 small projects done yesterday after I finished it and almost finished a fourth! :) AWESOME!!

Now I just need to find the fabric for my table skirt and possibly new curtains and figure out what I want to put on the walls in this place.
A craft room should have stuff on the walls, shouldn't it!?

I can't wait to produce more fun items in here and here's to keeping it CLEAN and ORGANIZED!

Craft Room Reorganizationfest 2011 is officially closed but perhaps Reorganizationfest will run its way through other rooms in this house. Hmmmmm!

Linking up to some of these parties.


  1. Wow what a great job! If only I had the room to have a room for my craft stuff and the motivation to organize my stack of craft stuff! :)

  2. Awesome Job!

    BTW...what are stickles? I saw that on one of your buckets! : )

  3. It's so hard to keep all your craft things always organized...especially if you have a project going! I only have a closet, for now...and my projects end up everywhere! in my bedroom, kitchen counter and dining room kitchen! ugh...seems like I should rethink my "closet" and prep a REAL space. thanks for getting my juices going on this one! hahaha!

  4. Wonderful job on the overhaul - scrapbooking stuff sure does have a way of multiplying and growing right out of storage space!

    I just posted about redo-ing my craft room - its always a work in progress - love yours!

  5. I LOVE this, Allison! Man, doesn't it feel great to be organized?! I love your space! I love your huge work table. It's perfect. You make me much more motivated to finish my own room!

  6. It feels good to go through and organize after you've been doing a lot of crazy stuff! Looks good! And if it makes you feel any better about the "before", when I was in design school, a professor did an entire lecture on messiness and creativity. Seeing things out of context and in unusual associations (as in a messing work space) actually helps the creative process along, and helps trigger new ideas! Not that my husband is buying it....

  7. wow looks great now keep it that way! lol i wish i had a room all to myself for my projects

  8. Way to go, Allison! I have a tiny closet as a 'craft cave' as I lovingly refer to it. I have to stay on top of it, or I won't fit in there, hehe :D

  9. Good for you! Looks great. Thanks for hosting your party!

  10. Allison, that looks fantastic! You really knocked it out! Do you want to come to my house now?!? :-)

  11. Love it! Great job! I know it took awhile but worth it! :o)

  12. Wonderful org project! Now I feel compelled to clean up my room too. And it's much, much worse than yours, so it's going to take some time.

    PS...your kitty has some intense eyes in that photo.

  13. 1st off, I am so jealous of ANYone who has a 'craft room'. I do my work in a garage. LOL

    Lovely. And such a sweet, sweet helper!! [cats rule]

    Come on over to my show n tell [link]

    Happy Weekend!!

  14. Congrats on all your hard work! Nothing like the feeling of tackling and organizing a whole room! It looks great. Enjoy and get to crafting!

  15. Looks awesome! I'm inspired to clean my craft room now! :)

  16. I'm a new follower and I saw you on Tatertots and Jello. I really like what you did! Great job on the redo!

  17. When your craft room looks like a tornado ... it's because you've been super creative!!! LOL Great job on the clean up!

  18. isn't just the most fulfilling feeling ever! I just finished reorganizing my Grandma's garage and I was stoked for days. Good job and congrats!

  19. WOW it looks great! I love the yellow cabinet you have such a POP of color. I hope someday I can get myself motivated enough to get my supplies in order like this.

  20. Wow looks great! I love when everything gets organized! Thanks for linking up to Your so Very Creative!

  21. I want a room like that. I have a corner in my bedroom and half of my closet for my crafts. Paints and messy stuff is stored in the garage.

    You must feel that you accomplished something when you were done. :)

  22. Wow! What a wonderful job. I just love when my craft room is organized...can't get anything done when it is not..and right now it is worse than your before project.

    Love the idea of moving everything out and then putting it back in. Thanks for the inspiration...I know what I am now tackling this week!

  23. Here's a good idea for your skirt and curtains. Try sheets, I have bought some Ralph Lauren sheet on e-bay and used them to make things as they are very wide and washable. Mine are Water Floral which has big pink roses. They are cheap, too as you can get a lot of width and length for a smaller amount of money.
    Hope to see your room all outfitted soon.

  24. Very nice job!! :)

    My craftroom looks worse than your before, I swear! I'm slowly making my way through it...did I mention slowly? LOL

  25. Looks awesome! Organization is key with all of that crafty goodness.

  26. Awesome job! I recently organized my craft/dining room, but its already getting to be a mess again. hope you keep up better than I did! Of course it's kinda hard when you can't get into anything because my storage is a hutch and only two of the three doors open so it is hard to keep moving stuff around hopefully I will get some shelves someday soon. I would love for you to link up to my Sew Crafty Party & Giveaway!

  27. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

  28. Well done! You did a wonderful job clearing everything. It is so nice to work when there is room to work in! Needing now to do some organizing as well. LOL

  29. It is such a great feeling. I am in the process of doing the same thing. I skipped the before picture because it was just too much. TOO MUCH!

  30. You go girl! It looks great. Congratulations on creating a space that you want to go into and make wonderful things happen.

  31. Wow you did a great job in here! Looks very inviting now, bet you can't wait to get in there and get crafting again!

  32. Wow this looks amazing. I was just cleaning my craft room (believe me it looks worse then your before). Thanks for the great ideas-I'm going to move my table to the center of the room now.


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