Happy Monday friends!
I’m so excited to finally share my finished craft room organization project. YAY!! After two months of purging, reorganizing, and rewiring my brain it’s finally done, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
I’ve customized this room to help me to do what I love to do… repurpose, reuse, and upcycle with thrifted finds and vintage treasures. Hopefully you can take away some ideas that will work for your creative space.
So let’s get on with the tour.
Here’s the before of my desk area. What a mess!
I absolutely hate having stuff all over my craft room floor. It’s one of my pet peeves, but even so there you see there’s stuff all over the floor.
And the after.
I absolutely love my desk area now. My repurposed bakeware storage with chalkboard labels really helps because I don’t have to remember where things are. My memory needs all the help it can get. 🙂
I bought a bunch of pink bins on sale from the local Home Hardware and put two on top of my computer armoire. One holds shredded paper for packaging, and the other holds odd and ends of bubble wrap, tissue papers etc.
The two mason jars hold chandelier crystals in two different sizes, and the cute little aluminum teapot hold the smallest of the chandy crystals. I use one chandy crystal in every wind chime I make.
The easy craft scissors storage keeps them all organized and handy.
The two little shelves hold my mini salt & pepper sets. They make me happy so I like to keep them around, plus some day some of them may be used for a project. The bottom shelf unit is waiting until warm weather comes to get its makeover. It’s too cold outside right now, and spray painting inside is a big no no. At least for me.
Here’s another before.
I hated that plastic bin, and one of the drawers has been broken for a long time.
And the after.
The plastic bin is gone, but the four good drawers went into the newly organized closet. The green vintage plastic box holds my drill and some vintage screwdrivers.
I keep a lot of different things that I’m collecting for future projects in the drawers of my pretty in pink dresser, and I’ve had the metal filing cabinet for years and it holds a lot of project paperwork.
This room has a 9 1/2 ft ceiling so I took advantage of that by adding an eight foot length of 1×3 near the top of the wall for storage. I painted it the same colour as the wall, added some dollar store metal hooks, hung my treasures and voila… instant storage where empty wall space used to be.
I used those simple metal clasp type shower curtain rings to join things to use more of the available wall space. You’ll see in a later pic that I did the same thing to the other side of the wall.
One of these days I’ll start using my vintage goblet collection in projects, but for now I still just like looking at them. They make me happy, and I love the way they look displayed all together.
A few years ago I found this white metal shoe rack for $1. It’s been hanging around in my storage greenhouse since then waiting to be used for something.
It’s the perfect size so I simply screwed it to the door, added teapots, coffee pots, sifters, shredders etc. They’ll now wait here to be used for projects rather than in boxes in my greenhouse. I like seeing them every day, and someday inspiration might just strike.
Oh who am I kidding? lol. Since everything pretty much looks like a potential wind chime to me, most of these will probably be wind chimes some day.
I moved this fabric shoe organizer to the back of the door. It will continue to hold spray paint, some painting supplies, and a few large clamps.
I need to restock my spray paint supply when warm weather comes.
Here’s another before.
To me this is the worst one yet. Stuff everywhere.
Ahhh… look at that floor space. That makes me so happy. 🙂
The two filing cabinets will get a makeover someday. One hold regular bills, and the other holds decorative papers, sheet music, map books etc. The large glass jars hold most of my vintage cookie cutter collection, and the hat box holds my pared down scarf collection.
I added a shelf over this window to take advantage of the ceiling height again, along with the shower curtain rod. I screwed in some dollar store metal hooks here too and I’ll hang finished wind chimes and items waiting to be used in projects.
The three pink bins hold vintage Christmas treasures… some for me to keep, and some will eventually go to my etsy shop…. maybe. lol.
Polly the brass parrot has found a good home with the silver tray window valance.
My necklace window valance stores most of my necklaces that are waiting to be used in projects. They are so easy to remove and add as I like.
A 12″ shelf bracket high up on the side of my bookcase holds a bubble wrap roll. It doesn’t take up much needed space like it used to and it’s easy to pull and cut when I need to pack something.
It was John’s idea to store my craft paper, also for packaging, along the front of my bookcase. I used two dollar store tool hanger brackets, and now it’s so handy. It’s placed perfectly in line with a shelf so it doesn’t get in the way at all.
Here’s the ceiling storage on the other side of the room that I mentioned.
The Paris souvenir scarf curtain is held in place with binder clips so it’s easily removed during the day. I like having it there at night for privacy.
Here’s the last before… of my bookcase. This pic must have been taken on another day because the mess looks a little different than the other photo. A little worse actually.
Here’s the after.
Much more neat and organized. The large green vintage pot holds my collection of vintage sets of measuring cups and measuring spoons. The vintage accordion bead keeper holds vintage jewelry bits and pieces.
The two vintage bread boxes hold bits and pieces of fabrics and laces.
This bookcase will be an organizational work in progress as I collect more vintage bakeware to organize my things.
Different sizes of bakeware can be stacked to maximize storage.
I absolutely love my vintage accordion sewing box which is now being repurposed as a tool caddy for the tools that I use on a regular basis.
It sits in front of the window beside my desk. It needs space to stretch out when being opened.
I have to say that I’m so glad my craft room is finally done. It was a really big job. Much, much bigger than I thought it was going to be… especially the purging.
I think I must have taken 6 or 7 boxes and 4 or 5 bags of stuff out of this room and donated it. The more I purged the easier it got and the more I wanted to purge.
Getting started with the craft room purging was the hard part, but once I got going… I was a purging machine. If I didn’t absolutely love it, really need it, or haven’t used it in the past two years it was gone, gone, gone.
I got rid of a lot of old cardboard, plastic, and glass containers that I used to use for storage… but I also got rid of things that I haven’t used in years or that I had forgotten I even had. If I had forgot about them how much did I really love them?
I also went through my etsy inventory and donated a few things that have been hanging around far too long. The rest are now stored in the cupboard across from the door to this room in the hallway, along with crafting items like wreath forms etc.
Doing all this purging made space for other things that I love to come back into this room where I can see them, enjoy them, and use them in future projects.
Having the things that I love to work with, and that make me happy, around me inspires me. I especially love that many of the things that I’m using for storage used to be stored away in my greenhouse. The stored has become the storage. 🙂
Getting my craft room reorganized has been a rather long and sometimes seemingly never ending process, but it has been so worth it.
I had a lot of classic rock music nights where I purged and organized while rocking out. Thanks goodness for Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl and Classic Rewind music stations. For me music always makes the most boring and tedious jobs fun.
Now this is what I see when I first walk into this room, and it makes me feel so good. I can’t even really explain how happy it makes me.
This process seems to have rewired my brain to want a place for everything and everything in its place, and I have high hopes that this room is going to stay organized this time… that I’m going to stay organized this time. I love this way too much to mess it up. 🙂
I love that the floor space is so empty and open, except for a few items that stay there all the time. The room feels so much larger now than its actual 8 x 11 feet, and I think I’ve pretty much maximized every inch that I can.
My craft desk is cleared off every time I leave this room so that this is what greets me every time I enter it. It makes me smile… every.single.time. 🙂
My goal for my craft room organization was to make it practical and functional first, and pretty second… and I think I’ve succeeded on both fronts… at least for my needs and purposes.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… and probably will say it again, and again, lol, to me organization is a beautiful thing.
I hope I’ve inspired you. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.