Trying to organize a small home with a large family can be quite the challenge. However, it can be even more daunting when organizing craft space in the living space of your small home. This is when Pinterest can become your best friend!
This is another installment of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop. The theme for March is highlighting our craft space. It’s a great way to get inspiration on how to organize your own crafting area. I cannot wait to see the other bloggers posts this month for great ideas for my own things.
Organizing Craft Space In A Small Home
One of my biggest missions is to not have our home look like it is too small for us. I like to have the appearance, at least, of an organized house. I really cannot stand it when it starts to get cluttered and it appears we don’t have a place of something. With 3 kids and 2 adults, it could definitely look like a war zone if we are not careful.
Several years ago we invested in two Elfa Systems from The Container Store. One was for a desk, and the other for toy organization. The desk is a little too small and I don’t like having my back to everyone, so that has been transformed into a Stampin’ Up organization area.
- Underneath the desk are hanging files containing files of each color of cardstock.
- The bins on the shelf to the right contain my embossing folders, Framelits, Thinlits, Designer Paper Stacks, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, heat embosser, Brayer, and adhesives.
- On the shelves above the desk, the bins contain embossing powder, Stampin’ Up stapler, refills of Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Mist, and other extra’s I like to keep on hand. This is also where I keep my markers, special coloring tools, like Memento Ink, Staz-On Ink, Blender Pens, Aqua Painters and more.
With the toy organization, the kids are getting older so we do not have quite as many bins to stack so I was able to take one of the shelves for some additional Stampin’ Up organization.
I tend to work at the kitchen table when I am creating my cards. I can spread out quite a bit there. Plus, the kitchen, dining area, and family room are kind of one bit area. I can work at the table, but still be “present” for everyone. I also enjoy the fact that there is a window there too. I love the natural light.
If I were at this table facing my work, in front of me would be the wall with the toy organization unit that contains some Stampin’ Up items. Then, to the left, against the back wall is the Elfa desk system where I have the main portion of my Stampin’ Up supplies organized. It is an L shaped area, except you would need to flip the “L” 180 degrees counterclockwise.
Behind my, when I’m at the table is the kitchen. There are a couple of shelves on the wall connection the dinning are to the kitchen area we had put up for cookbooks and a phone (when we had a landline). However, I now use one of those shelves for some of my most used paper and for paper scrap files.
Please ignore the markers there. They are there to keep away from my children, who for whatever reason, are drawn to permanent marker! I also have ziplock bags containing pieces of cards I’ve created at my disposal.
Honestly, I would absolutely love to have a devoted room to crafting. However, that is not an option right now. So in the meantime, since my craft area is part of our living space, I at least have organized in a way to not clutter the area.
On a side note, as I was cleaning up my crafting areas, I came across some old Stampin’ Up Sets. I thought those who have been with Stampin’ Up would get a kick out of it. I remember using the baby shower set for invitations for me nephew’s baby shower. He is now 14! That set is at least 15 years old. It is so neat to see first hand how much the company has grown, not only in it’s diversity, but the quality of it’s stamps and containers. I’ve obviously been in love with Stampin’ Up for a very long time. 🙂
Please visit the rest of the bloggers on this hop for more fantastic organizing ideas. Click on the image below to visit the next blog on the hop!
Jodi Horsley – A Mom Having Fun –> You are here!
Mary Ann Rossiter
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