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The biggest change I made
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.
Why we have craft rooms
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.
It was all for other people
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.
The mistake I did not want to make again
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 , like these two cabinets.
In the past, I used hand-me-downs and thrift shop items. While thrift shop items are affordable and 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.
Tips for buying craft room furniture
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 you buy craft organizers, do this
Before I made any big purchases, I prioritized 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 stored it. There are things like sewing machines that I only use a couple times a year that I still want to keep but don't need to have a prominent place on a tabletop.
There are some things that I wish that I had kept but overall there really are very few things that I actually miss.
It doesn't have to match
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. Recently, I purged a ton of stuff from these shelves so they are not this full. I think I'll put some rolls of ribbon and twine on the empty shelves … but we'll see; I kinda like them empty.
Here's what they look like full:
It's okay to have empty space in your craft room
I embraced the idea that it's okay to have empty space. In the past I had empty drawers and I was very happy to have those empty drawers to grow into.
Now I have a lot more empty space, not just in my drawers but on the table tops and within the room itself. There's room to grow but it's also room to be able to move, play, and create.
When you have a space that is full of so much stuff that you can't hardly move around without bumping into something, that 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.
Favorite Craft Organizer: Alex Drawers from Ikea
I love the Alex drawer units because they are sleek and the shallow wide drawers are perfect for pulling out and seeing all of your supplies at once. Sometimes I have them stacked like this and other times I use them as two separate units, replacing the casters on the top unit so it will roll around.
I've recently moved and unstacked these Ikea Alex drawer units 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.
Why shallow drawers are better for organizing craft supplies
Years ago, I had drawers twice as deep 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. It makes it alot easier to see everything I have in one glance so I don't forget about supplies. Plus I can grab what I need and get back to creating faster than digging through a deep drawer.
Buying a craft table
One of the things I realized I didn't have any more was a proper craft table. In my studio, 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 went shopping for a new craft table!
This table from Ikea perfectly fits in the space and matches my sit/stand office desk (also from Ikea). This corner of the room is set up as a place where I can “just craft”. I've been working in the crafts industry for over 15 years as MY JOB.
Make a space to spark your mojo
I realized through 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.
The table is decorated with things that spark my creativity. There's an oil painting that 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 part of my space and use it more!
If you're looking for craft table ideas, check out this post on the newest craft tables available now.
Cube Storage with Ikea Kallax
To the right of this table is an Ikea Kallax shelving unit filled with paper and bins of fabric and supplies. While I love the Kallax line at Ikea, it's a little pricey and Ikea is far away. If I were to do things over again, I might get these.
Baskets for Kallax Units
I used locker style baskets for the fabric and scrapbook kits. These locker baskets were on clearance at Target almost 10 years ago but I actually like these better because you can access what's inside without having to pull the basket out all the way.
To store felt sheets and other difficult to store supplies like rolling stamps, I used fabric bins. They fit perfectly in the 16″ wide Kallax cube openings. I got mine at Target a long time ago but you can use either this style or these (available in multiple sizes) in the same Kallax unit in a similar way.
Keep your tools out so you can use them
I set my Silhouette and Cricut on top of the Kallax unit so they can be at the ready all the time. From here, they can be plugged in to the computer, iPad, or a laptop. They are on and ready to go at all times because I made it a top priority to use them in my space.
As of August 2018, I haven't used the Silhouette at all but I've used the Cricut for several projects (like this!). It may not seem like I am using them alot but it's a whole lot more than when the Cricut was sitting in it's box for a year (yes, I did that).
Did you grab that free tool organizing guide yet? I totally followed the method I share in that guide when organizing my space.
A craft room, home office combo
My craft room is now also my home office in a much bigger way than before. Way back when I started this journey, this was 100% craft room. Slowly over time, it has morphed into my office as I added my computer, printers, and office furniture. I really like being able to look up from my desk and be inspired by my colorful craft supplies and projects as I look across the room.
Customize your space with paint
The back wall of my space has a 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!
This awesome bookcase was an affordable find 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*
A rolling cart for craft supplies
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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