January causes me to clean. I don’t know why? Most people spring clean, but I start after Christmas. Maybe it is because of all those new gifts that need places to be put away in my home or having to “un-decorate” the house from all the “merry” Christmas festivities. This January I was trying to fit another sheet set into my bedroom drawer, and it wasn’t shoving in well. I thought to myself, why don’t I clean out this dresser and move the sheets to the hall server. It was like a gun went off in my head and the cleaning began. I spent one day on my bedroom dressers, night stands, and bathroom cabinets -- which led me into my closet and I organized my clothes by color. I moved white t-shirts into baskets and pulled out jeans I never will fit into again. I made a sack for garage sale clothes and one for Goodwill. Our neighborhood has a sale every May, and if I put all my garage sale items in an unused closet, then I don’t have to spend a week looking for them when sale time comes.
My cleaning frenzy continued with the Christmas décor. Every room in our house reflects the holidays, so putting it away almost leaves me paralyzed at the thought. It took three days, but I organized and stored it back into the basement for next year. As I was packing the holidays away, I thought I had better organize the storage room. See it is a snowball effect with my decluttering! Once I get started, there’s no stopping me! This in turn had me cleaning and organizing my little studio.
Thanks for sticking with me through that long tale of a “messy house.”
Welcome to "My Studio Pink"!
Here are the results of my studio organization.
- I hope it will help you to think about your own supplies and how to organize them into containers you already have or inexpensive thrift store finds.
- Use a lot of baggies and spend a lot of time sorting items.
- It is completely worth it, and in the long run saves me a great deal of time looking for a certain item.
- It also saves me money because I can see what I have versus buying it twice.
Come in the door … It is open and the floor is free of clutter.
The first things you may notice are the suitcases on the floor.
- I found the blue one for $1.24 at a thrift store. I use it to store all my colored tissue paper. And when I take classes or travel to workshops, I pack my own supplies in it. It has three functions -- it looks pretty, it holds supplies, and it stores my colored tissue paper.
- The larger suitcase under the blue one stores patterned paper, and embellishments are in the smaller one.
- The very bottom suitcase is where I keep my foam floral pieces. I also use it for trunk shows. It has bars in it for men’s slacks that are perfect for displaying cards or layouts.
My desk was a gift from my parents. It is actually a bar table from a furniture store. I store ribbon on spring tension rods where shot glass were suppose to go, and the wine bottle storage area is for some of my paper punches -- the ones I use most often. I love the table because it opens wider for larger projects.
Notice on the top of my table the containers I use for scissor storage, adhesive storage, and pens and colored pencils.
- I purchased the metal roll basket at a thrift store for my adhesives. I added a glass jar in it for glue pens.
- My scissors are in a black urn garage sale find. I use them the most when crafting so they need to be on my desk.
- I keep erasers in a sea shell from a vacation, and pens go into pots from a garden basket. Clay pots are inexpensive, can be painted any color with the right type of paint, and are perfect for holding certain utensils.
Behind my desk is a wobbly table from an antique store. It holds baby wipes, towels, and other art supplies that I use but not as frequently. I store my sewing machine on the shelf under it. And if you look carefully, you may notice another basket under the sewing machine for trimmers and circle cutters.
Another key area in my studio is the computer area. It is sitting on an inexpensive discount store bookcase and a wobbly kitchen bar from a discount store. I have my inspiration board behind the computer monitor, and I store stamps in a kitchen metal basket (thanks to my friend Melanie for the idea). I also store stamps above the computer area on an I-beam along the studio ceiling. I am one of those crafters who believe if it is out of sight I won’t think to use it. You know the saying “Out of sight, out of mind.” The I-beam allows me to use both sides of it for displaying my stamps without having to buy shelving.
On the bookcase part of the computer area is a wooden dollhouse on sale from a craft store. I covered it with favorite scrapbooking papers and trims. I use it for storage. It holds movies I like to listen to as I craft, computer graphics I use, and vignettes of things I have created.
Above the dollhouse is a shelf from a white shutter. I bought the shutter at a consignment shop and fastened it with shelf brackets. I display things I love on it, and the candelabra holds jars of colored buttons. Yes, I sorted all my buttons to make it easier to find the ones I need. The jars are the ones used for canning. My thrift store has hundreds of them for around 50 cents each.
Around my studio you will see jewelry boxes filled with jewelry collected from thrift stores for use in my crafts. You will see paint brushes in vases, business cards in an old cash register drawer, and jars and jars of supplies. The jars were ones I had or ones that I purchased at thrift stores. Notice the domino jar -- it is a fish bowl. Not all my jars have lids. They are much cheaper to buy without a lid.
Last January when I reorganized my studio, I created this little piece of art from all my odds and ends. I used an old paint set with some paints still in it as my base. I added old earrings, words, vintage buttons, music notepaper, and anything I had that didn’t have a home. It is one of my favorite things in my studio. All made from junk!!!!!
Hanging from the ceiling (because my room is so small), I wanted to display things I love. I hung an old lamp shade. The shade was found at an antique store, and the fabric part of the shade was removed, leaving only the metal frame. It was perfect for hanging the ornaments I received from the Silverbella ornament swap. Can you see the Eiffel Tower from the last Nifty Thrifty post hanging from fishing line on it? I used the chain from a broken necklace and a drawer knob to hang it with. This isn’t for everyone’s taste but I love the old and unusual. I also have a plastic floral stick hanging in my studio with lots of shiny, pretty things.
Okay, come with me where not many friends, family, or crafters have gone … behind the curtains. My dear friend Allison gave me this bookcase when she was moving classrooms in her school. It is the foundation of my studio storage.
Come see why. ….
Under the curtains is where I keep all my cardstock. I store it in plastic tubes that once held my sweaters. In the tube is cardstock bagged in the giant-sized zip-lock bags. I have used this method for years and it works well for storing cardstock.
I keep my extra punches behind my studio door in a shoe organizer and under the magic curtains. I took shoe box plastic tubes and punched cardstock scraps to show what punches are in each tub. This helps me quickly find what I need.
I use all kinds of containers for storing crafting items.
My silk flowers are in a child’s picnic basket. The leaves are in an old woven basket with a lid. Tulle is in the large picnic basket. String is stored in a wire bathroom basket.
All the little junk that I love
-- loads and loads of glass jars hold it.
• I use everything from vases to baby food jars.
• Some have lids and some don’t.
• I place groupings on silver trays from thrift stores.
• Clear jars make it easy for me to find what I am looking for.
• I don’t label them because as my collection changes, so do the jars.
• Really small objects or random pieces end up in a muffin tin I spray painted pink or in a metal divided tray.
I have taken the time to sort my stamping supplies and label the drawers. I use clear drawers so I can see what is stored in them.
I sort all my brads by color…
well almost all. I haven’t sorted this container yet.
Maybe the next snow storm!
When you are organizing your studio, think “outside the box” -- glitter stored in salt or sugar shakers, garden containers used for holding tools, and plate stands for displaying your crafts. Make a place that is organized and efficient to create in. It doesn’t matter the size of your studio; it matters how it functions for you. Fill it with what you love so you can craft something you love.
Don’t spend a lot on containers. Use what you have. Spend your hard earned dollars on supplies you love to create with.
And when you have leftovers and you aren’t sure what to do with them or don’t think you need them –
• Make a crafting basket for a good friend. Everyone loves something new! Hand me down supplies are the BEST!
• Donate the supplies to Ronald McDonald House or hospitals for very ill children. It helps parents reflect on happy times with their sick child, and they can spend time crafting scrapbooks while their child is undergoing treatment.
• Or use them to create a collection home décor piece like this one. Hang it in your studio or display it every Valentine’s Day. The only rule is not to buy anything. Use the leftovers!
Don’t hesitate to email me with any of your organization questions.
I am a work in progress, and I keep trying to become more efficient and thrifty.
~Kara (Studio Pink)