You already know that I’m addicted to craft supplies like paper and embellishments. You’ve seen those posts (linked above) and so you probably won’t be surprised to know that I also love organizing (especially organizing craft goodies like paints and markers) just about anything… a junk drawer, a closet, a file cabinet. I’ve been drooling over magazines like “Where Women Create” and the “Better Homes and Gardens” quarterly storage issue. I have also been doing so much more art lately and so I wanted a better space in which to do it, but didn’t want to spend very much money. Here’s the end result:
Let me take you on a little tour…
First I had to completely empty the room, no small feat. That Expedit bookcase is full of books that I carried into our dining room so we could move it to a different wall. We also have a pullout sofa for guests that is very heavy that we moved across the room. Midway through the clearing process, my sweet hubby noticed what I was doing! I keep him on his toes every single day with my impulsiveness and unpredictability. :)
Here’s the desk area now. I have a huge inspiraton board above the desk, all my embellishments and stamps within reach, and desktop shelves for the most-used supplies. The hanging baskets and rod are from Ikea. I could look at this picture for days… it makes me so happy!
The colorful pens, paints, and markers are my favorite part. The little drawer is for hard drives and a pad of paper for all my lists.
The desktop organizers and these 6 cubes below are from Michaels (on sale for half price). They are incredibly well-built and simple to assemble. Having them right below the windowsill, rather than the desk, really opens up the room a lot more.
I like having bigger spaces to keep supplies too.
I designated spaces for current class paperwork so it’s easy to reach/file every day. I also made a binder for this blog with a list of all published posts (their category and tags, their date, etc.), future post ideas, etc. My end goal is to go back through and interlink related posts and make a list of featured posts by category. Someday.
You can imagine that my daughter is very taken with the new space too, so she has her own cubby.
And finally, the bookshelf is way more functional now since supplies are within reach.
I have all my craft books and magazines at eye-level.
“The joy of the creative process, minute by minute, hour after hour, day by day, is the sublime path to true happiness.” ~ George Lois