Okay, okay, I only got rid of 90% but guys …. 90% is A LOT! My last craft room tour was two years ago. I am so excited to finally unveil my redesigned craft room with much less stuff in it. I started remodeling this space in February 2017 and I finally finished it. I'm going to show you every single nook and cranny in this craft space and explain my whole philosophy behind what I kept and what I got rid of. Are you ready? Let's goooooooooo!!!
If you don't like reading, there ya go … watch this video to see everything from start to finish!!
Before you go off into YouTube land, I want to let you know there is a super awesome goodie in this blog post. Scroll the to the bottom or keep reading to find out what it is!
I am also super excited to be sharing my craft room as part of a week long tour with 24+ other crafters. You're in for a LOT of great organizing ideas and tips and you can find them all listed in one place on The Country Chic Cottage: 2018 Craft Room Blog Hop
Now, let's get started!
Why I got Rid of 90% of my craft supplies
I'm starting with this because besides the crazy colors in my craft room, this is the most shocking thing about my craft room tour. I mean, WHO DOES THAT?
Why I got rid of so much of my craft stash
I literally got rid of 90% of my stuff. There are so many reasons why I got rid of my craft stash. Now that might sound like a lot and it definitely was a lot of stuff and it was a lot of money. But I feel a lot better not having all of the extra stuff hanging over my head. Having a huge stash meant that I always felt like I had to look in my stash for supplies rather than go shopping when I wanted to work on a new project. There's so many cool new things coming out in the craft world all the time and I felt like I couldn't really go buy them because I had so much stuff I needed to be using. I should be using. I felt bad about not using …
One day my husband made a comment to me about how much time I spent organizing my supplies. What we would be watching TV I would we all over one of my rolling carts or across bag and they would spend an hour or so organizing. I used to actually make crafts while watching TV but over the years I started making fewer crafts and spending more time organizing.
I realized that all of this stuff wasn't making me is happy anymore as it did when I first bought it. It was taking time away from creating because I had to spend all my time organizing and cleaning up. Also, because there was so much stuff it was really hard to actually make any projects because there was so much stuff to go through. I'm super duper organized but when you have a huge volume of stuff it just makes everything take longer, no matter how organized you are.
I went ahead and made a short list of the reasons why I got rid of most of my stash:
- I just had too much stuff – it was overwhelming any time I wanted to create
- I was always organizing
- I had trouble finding things I wanted – not because I was disorganized but because of the sheer volume of stuff I had
- I realized all of those supplies were not making me happy
- The huge stash made me feel like I couldn't buy new or enjoy new things
- I had loads of guilt because I wanted to buy new things rather than use my old stash of craft supplies
- Had guilt over the money I spent to build thathuge stash of craft supplies, so much guilt that I started hating my supplies and thought about throwing everything away altogether
Do you ever feel yourself identifying with any of these same feelings about your stuff?
You're not alone! I started a Facebook group for anyone who wants to get organized called “The Organized Crafter:. I would absolutely love it if you joined the group.
How I decided what to keep, what to toss, and what to donate
After I made the decision to get rid of my stuff I then had to figure out how to actually get rid of it. You know those TV shows where they go through a hoarders house and they have the keep pile and a tossed pile and it donate pile? It actually doesn't work that easily in real life. In real life you don't have the time or space or manpower to go through an entire craft rooms worth of stuff in one afternoon.
This process of deciding what to keep, what to get rid of, and what to give away literally took me three and a half years. I worked at a gradually month after month while still creating projects in my space.
After going through this process of figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of over and over and over a few things became really clear to me. In fact, the process of how to determine what to keep and what to get rid of became super clear.
Here's some of the process that I used for determining whether or not something should stay in my space:
- I got super real about what I actually use and what I was keeping because someone else thought it was cool or someone else gave me the item
- I asked myself when was the last time I used this?
- I asked myself how do I plan to use this?
- I got in touch with my woo-woo side — how did I feel when I thought about or held the item? If they item felt like a burden or made me anything but excited, it had to GO!
I know this process is not easy. It's actually challenging not just physically but emotionally as well. Yes, we have feelings wrapped up in our craft supplies too!
I created a super awesome guide to help you with figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of in your space. It's easiest if you start with one type of supply so this guide focuses on tools. Tools are usually what we spend the most money on and they usually determine where we're going to store things in our space.
Click here to download the Craft Room Tools Organizing guide for free and get started on organizing and purging your space.
What did I do with the stuff I got rid of?
It sounds super easy to just sell your stuff off when you're getting rid of things. But anyone who's had a yard sale knows that it's actually really hard to communicate the value of things to other people. Plus it can just become plane overwhelming to always be having yard sales or listing items on eBay to sell.
Here are just a few of the different places where I got rid of my stash:
- Teachers. I posted on Facebook asking any local teachers if they wanted to come by my house and pick up a load of supplies for their students. I literally filled several teachers cars to the roof with supplies
- Schools. Schools can always use art supplies and crafts supplies not just for their art blocks but also for science and other educational activities. Find a teacher at your local elementary school who will accept the supplies from you and distribute them to the other teachers. I got super lucky with my son's 3rd grade teacher and even now years later she still takes craft supplies from me and give them out to the other teachers.
- Charity. Check with the charitable organization to see what types of craft supplies they can use or sell and which they don't.
- Sell. You can sell your supplies on etsy, Facebook Groups, and even via apps, like the new D-Stash app on iOs! Check out this post with 17 Places to Sell Your Craft Stash for more ideas.
2018 Craft Room Tour
Now that I've talked about how I got rid of all of this stuff it's time to do the actual craft room tour! I'm super excited to show you the full reveal of my newly remodeled craft space. Though I do have to be completely honest I have changed a few things since I took these photos just a few weeks ago. You'll have to wait until next year's tour to see those changes though! LOL To see a 360º view of this space, CLICK HERE!
I made this craft space for ME
The biggest change in this craft room over my craft room tours from previous years is that I made this space for me. We spend too much time organizing our stuff and we don't spend enough time actually making a space that supports how we create. Our craft room is a tool that is supposed to help us be as creative as possible. It's supposed to help us be efficient with our creativity and to inspire us be creative within the space.
As I went through the purging process I discovered that all of these craft room iterations that I had made in the past, I had made them for other people. I had created them because I wanted people to tell me how amazing my craft space was. I wasn't making those spaces for myself. I wasn't fully considering how the space would actually help me create or inspire me to be creative.
As I got rid of things that I bought to impress other people, things that I didn't actually really love, realized I had wasted a lot of money and a lot of effort. I wasn't going to do that in this new space.
I invested in furniture that I love. In the past, I used hand-me-downs and thrift shop items and while those are awesome if you love them, they weren't items that I actually really loved. I was partially making do with what I could find and also trying to use stuff that I thought others would think looks good. This time around I bought craft storage and furniture that I liked and it had nothing to do with what anyone else would say. I bought the white cabinets above and below from Lamps Plus. They have a mixture of all kinds of things that are important to me and that I use. Yes, one of them is full of props for my recipe blog posts. If the space is yours, you make the rules. Who says pretty plates can't be in a craft room?
Before I made any big purchases I prioritize the things that I wanted to use most. Knowing what was going to be a top priority for me to use help me decide which Furniture to keep, which Furniture to buy, and how to arrange that furniture within the space. Everything else that was not a top priority I either got rid of or I stored it. There are things like sewing machine that I only use a couple times a year that I still want to keep but it doesn't need to have a prominent place on a tabletop because I'm not using it month after month . there are some things that I wish that I had kept but overall there really are very few things that I actually miss.
There are two faux card catalogs from Hobby Lobby that don't match the other white furniture at all. Who cares?! I love these pieces for the way they look and the storage. They are filled with all kinds of treasures in labeled drawers, treasures I use often.
Above these card catalogs are frame shelves from Ikea filled with paints, inks, and stamps. I recently purged a ton of stuff from these shelves so they are not this full. I have some rols of ribbon and twine I think I'll put on the empty shelves … but we'll see. I kinda like them empty. Here's what they looked like full:
Finally I embraced the idea that it's okay to have empty space. Now in the past I had had empty drawers and I was very happy to have those empty drawers to grow into . have a lot more empty space not just in my drawers but on the table tops and within the room itself it's room to grow but it's also room to be able to move and play an experiment. When you have a space that is full of so much stuff that you can't hardly move without bumping into something that in itself can stifle your creativity. Having the room to be able to spread out if I wanted to has really changed the way that I feel in the space and how I create.
I've also moved and unstacked these Alex drawer units from Ikea since the beginning of the year when I took these photos. I'm using them to build a set for filming videos and I want them close to where I'll be creating, for easy access. Years ago, I had drawers twice as large filled to the brim with supplies. Now I have drawers filled about 3/4 of the way with craft supplies in one to two colors per drawer.
One of the things I realized I didn't have any more was a proper craft table. I have a large bar height table for making videos but I didn't have a table to actually craft at, just for fun.
I got this table from Ikea, to match my desk (also from Ikea), as a place where I can “just craft”. I've been working in the crafts industry for over 15 years as MY JOB. I realized throgh this process of purging and remodeling my space that I had lost my mojo. This space is just for me to be inspired and make things. I've got a few scrapbook pages in progress on the table and have decorated it with things that spark my creativity. There's an oil painting my grandma. a huge craft inspiration for me, painted of my mom. I've got a wire shelf that I love, which I spray painted white, filled with bits and baubles I use or just like to look at. I can't wait to get into this new addition to my space and use it more!
To the right of this table is an Ikea Kallax shelving unit filled with paper and bins of fabric and supplies. I set my Silhouette and Cricut on top so they can be plugged in to the computer, iPad, or a laptop and used. They are on and ready to go at all times because I made it a top priority to use them in my space.
Did you grab that free tool organizing guide yet? I totally followed the method I share in that guide when organizing my space.
The back wall of my space has that crazy painted wall and a few shelves of items I just love. I wanted the space to feel full of energy and action. I think this paint job does that!
I got this awesome bookcase at Ikea in the as-is section. Did you know they have a section of the store where they sell returns, displays, and damaged items at a discount? It's my first stop every time I go into Ikea!
And speaking of IKEA CRAFT ROOMS … I've got a post about them where you can grab my free guide to Ikea Craft Rooms. I know, I have all the free guides for you to download *wink wink*
Now if we're talking Ikea, it's not an Ikea craft room without a Raskog cart. I've got two of these bad boys – one for craft supplies and one for supplies I use when shooting videos, like Clorox wipes and masking tape.
I go into detail about my Raskog in this video I shared on the Smart Fun DIY Facebook Page recently:
And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this tour of my space and the insight into why I did all the things I did.
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