Happy Sunday everyone! This week's blog will be on the shorter side and is more of a conversation about craft room organization than a description of a DIY. As those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know, my craft room has gone through several iterations over the past 3 years. I upgraded to some IKEA furniture, moved things around, had to make some changes when I started working from home, moved some things around again and now my husband and I are ..... moving! Which meant it was time to reassess my crafty situation. For those who might not remember, my crafty set-up most recently was a corner IKEA desk, 2 tall IKEA drawer units, 1 short IKEA drawer unit and one metal bookcase.
Although the apartment we are moving to has a similar sized office room to the one we currently have, it was still a good opportunity to be honest with myself and do some purging. the first big purge will be the IKEA corner desk. While good in theory, I ended up not loving this desk and finding that it wasn't well-suited to actual crafting, but was well-suited to me dumping lots of junk on it ......
So my plan in the interim will be to use a desk given to me by my Pepere for any small-scale crafts that I do and invest in a larger desk once we eventually buy a house. I also decided that it was time to get rid of one drawer unit that I had. I opted to clean out the smaller, shorter drawer unit I had as the drawers were shallow and I didn't find it as useful as the taller units. So now the craft storage that I will be left with are the bookcase and the two taller units:
A few days of cleaning and purging were required to get down to these two storage units. Some of the things purged were beads, Perler beads, countless glass bottles, mosaic glass pieces, SOOOO much paper, many stamps and some stickers.
I also reorganized my paper, cards and stickers to fit on one of the shelves of the bookcase. The bookcase now holds my Cricut, paper, stickers, cards, paint and paintbrushes as well as a few extra things on the bottom shelf.
The two IKEA units hold some tools, Cricut supplies, my loom, yarn, felt and other fabric, a few select stamps, clay tools, glues/tapes, ribbon, colored pencils and other coloring implements, sanders and a few other random bits. There is even some extra room to spare in there!
This exercise really helped me hone in on what crafts I actually enjoy doing and see myself doing in the future. I shouldn't be keeping something because I "might" do it, but should keep supplies that support crafts I know I enjoy doing and will continue to do in the future.
This amount of supplies will also be much easier to transport to the new apartment which is a plus! What cleaning have you all been doing lately? Let me know in the comments below!
I am a 27-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!