It was a gorgeous seventy degree and clear blue sky type of weekend in Seattle. Birds were singing, kids were playing, and oh yeah, I couldn’t leave the house. Why? Because with the color and warmth of spring, comes pollen. And lots of it. The allergen count was that high this weekend that even inside the house I was miserable.
So with the sunshine time wasted and my A/C unit turned on, what did I do? Reorganize my crafting spaces!
Yes, the blessing in disguise was that with the allergy house-arrest, I was finally able to consolidate all my creative goodies into
a single just two areas of the house. I am so happy with how these spaces came out! Just like most crafters, my (honest) life goal is to have a beautiful craft room in my dream home, just for me and my fun. This would be complete with skylights for great light, big bay windows and a window seat, a huge fabric table, and all the storage I could possible need. Of course we could push the dream farther by saying it automatically stays organized and clean, but let’s be realistic…
For now, I’ll have to settle for sections of the apartment. I’m so lucky to have a husband who understands my hobby/obsession/lifestyle, and regularly has his own “Hey Girl…” moments.
So I went and got the go ahead to move all of our books from the downstairs shelves up to the office. We did in fact have the books downstairs to illustrate to guests just how intelligent we are (what? You know you do it too), but let’s face it, I was just moving my crafts from upstairs to downstairs and not putting them back. Because every crafter knows, you’re never really done using something!
Once the shelves were cleared I started assembling my Ikea accessories (Lekman Boxes – $9.99; Kasset series Boxes and Magazine Files – $3.00 and up) and filling them with my yarn, fabric, notions, current projects. I could have perhaps used more, but the fact that I’ve filled four large boxes and then some, only cemented the need for my stash-busting yarn challenge.
The kitchen was another project. Since we’re not currently using our dining table for real dining (again, small apartment) I’ve been utilizing it as a makeshift cutting and craft table. The only problem is that the majority of the table is taken up by my sewing machine and other bits of craft love. So what does a good small space dweller do? Go vertical of course!
I installed another shelf, about eighteen inches below our display shelving for all our holiday and Judaica art (Ekby Bjarnum Brackets – $15.00; Ekby Hemnes Shelf – $14.99), which was just enough space for the current projects I had. I had an initial plan of storing my sewing machine up there (wouldn’t that look cool?), but hubby was convinced that the shelf wouldn’t hold. He’s probably right, so I cleared off a nearby cubby hole where the cookbooks are housed and was able to just fit the machine inside nicely, without unplugging it or pulling too much on the foot pedal!
Below the shelf went a metal bracket (Asker – $14.00; Gruntal Canisters – $4.99) to collect all my loose odds and ends, sewing needles and stitch markers in particular, and next to that a metal bar to eventually hook all my rulers and scissors to. For now they’ll go in the hanging bucket, which also looks pretty cute if you ask me.
Ideally I would have really liked to get my craft on and do this whole organization from re-purposed wood, jars, hooks, and boxes, but frankly it just needed to get done! I still have the rest of the house to go through and do some spring cleaning with, so maybe I’ll take a bit more time in planning with those projects.
How do you prefer to store your yarn, fabric, and do-dads? Are you in love with Ikea as much as I am? After all, you can’t get much better than cheap and quick. Plus, I enjoy putting it all together, even if they are just cardboard boxes. Please, let me know what you think of my zones, and share your ideas for more storage. The more storage, the more yarn I can stash!