My girlfriend Annie took pity on the fact that I didn’t have a craft room of my own to organize and allowed me to help organize her craft room instead. Isn’t she nice, I seriously have the best friends ever!
Annie had just recently painted her new craft room and hadn’t gotten around to pulling it all together yet. Take a look:
We started out with the first step in the PROCESS, the plan. I spent a couple of minutes asking her what types of things needed to be stored in this space, which things she uses most often, what could she remove from the room, etc. Read the complete list of questions to ask yourself BEFORE starting your project here.
What I found out was that Annie needed a place to store her Christmas gift collection, she needed to make room on her table for her sewing machines, she wanted to utilize the dresser for fabric, she didn’t need to store winter coats in this space so they could be removed, the furniture placement was working the way it was but just not being utilized to it’s fullest potential.
We only had a short time frame to get things done and as I looked around the room I wasn’t sure we’d be doing more than a small dent in the space. But we had a plan and knew that even if we only got a portion of the plan done it would still be better than if we didn’t start at all. So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.
As you can see Annie has two small closets in this room (that are still missing their doors but these will go on soon) so we decided to allocate one of them for her Christmas collection and the other for out of season clothes and other things she doesn’t access regularly. We started by removing everything out of the closets into the middle of the room so that we could start with a fresh slate. Annie had an inexpensive shelving unit she wasn’t using in another part of the house that we were able to squeeze perfectly into the left hand closet to help maximize that space as much as possible. She also had those gorgeous fabric bins just sitting in her bathroom not being used so in they went as well. Then we moved around the room collecting all the Christmas loot that was here and there and everywhere and started loading it into the closet. Gift bags were corralled into a recycled bag and hung on a hanger. It all worked perfectly and having everything in one location will help her keep tabs on what she has already purchased saving her money in the long run.
Once we got going and were motivated by the closet completion the rest actually came together much quicker than we thought it would. I worked on clearing the floor of all the clutter next. Most of the bags on the floor were fabric that just needed to be put into their new home in the dresser. Her scrapbooking supplies were allocated to bins and drawers. Once I knew where I was going to put supplies (ie: beads, stickers, papers, etc) it was easy to just move things to where they needed to go. Due to our lack of time I didn’t worry about how organized the drawers were at this point. I knew those could easily be tackled later after I’d left. My goal for that day was to ensure that we had her floor space cleared along with the desk tops.
In just an hour and a half this is what we completed:
I think we were both surprised at how quickly it went but I find that’s usually the case for most organizing projects once you get on a roll like that. The trick is just to start.
Now I’ve left Annie with some homework of course. Her job will be to go through each of the drawers and sort like with like and purge anything that she doesn’t love or need. This shouldn’t take her too long and if she wants it would be nothing to just take or roll out her plastic drawer bins to the living room and organize them as she watches a movie.
Almost everything Annie used in this space she already owned and purchased very inexpensively from garage sales and friends with the exception of the fold up sewing machine table which I believe she purchased from Canadian Tire for $50.00. She also bought the paper sorter new and that was from Michaels. Please read this post I did on Making Do to further inspire you to not let $$ stand in your way from organizing right now.
A big shout out to Annie for sharing her space with me, thanks for the “fix” girl!
If you have any questions about what we did or the tools we used just ask away in the comments.