I was excited to do this because as much as I loved my last craft room, it was very much "pieced together" with various tables and furniture. It was never really planned out as a functional space. There wasn't a lot of places to put things away behind closed doors - and it was starting to overwhelm me. Having everything in sight was starting to make me feel suffocated and I was losing my stamping mojo. I also felt like I just had *too much* - I needed to cut down and really keep out only what I truly use.
This time I decided to get some inexpensive cabinets at IKEA. They have worked wonderfully so far. I'm still figuring out where I want everything, but for the most part things are all put away. I also took the time to do a LOT of purging during this transition - which helped quite a bit. I recommend a good purge at least once a year for all you crafters out there.
OK so on to a LOT of photos & 2 videos that give you a tour of the room. I hope I don't make you sick in these videos - it's a little hard to crawl around with a camera & a big giant pregnant belly
Here is the room when you walk up the stairs - it's a shared space of guest bedroom & my crafting space:
Video Part ONE:
Video Part TWO:Now onto some helpful links & info on where everything is from:
- Cabinets & Countertop: IKEA
- Towel Rod/Railings: all from IKEA. They are called "Bygel" rails. They are super inexpensive. You can see all things available in the Bygel collection here.
- Wire ribbon baskets: IKEA - you can find them here.
- Plastic storage containers: IKEA - you can find them here.
- Button Jars: IKEA - you can find them here.
- White JetMax Storage Cubes: Target or Michaels
- Spinning desktop organizer: Making Memories Carousel
- Plastic sleeves for storing clear stamps (on my Clip it Up): these are from Office Depot. See Jennifer McGuire's post about it here.
- Plastic storage bin drawers (for my cardstock scraps): Target
I am sitting up here now enjoying the room as I type this. I love the room, the light and all the fresh new stuff in here. I've been working on some sewing today and I'm really just liking the new setup. Even the cat likes it - he's up here with me I know that crafting will take a back seat this Spring, but I look forward to eventually being up here with our little one and getting creative. (Even if I don't get nearly as much done as I used to...!)
Phew! That was a really long post. Hopefully I answered most questions in the section above - if not, feel free to leave me a comment. I will try to get to them as soon as I can.