Evolution of a Craft Room

If there is one thing I enjoy as much as paper crafting, it would have to be organizing!  Given the time and motivation, no one can stop me from digging my heels in and decluttering/reorganizing!  Since a craft room is one of those places where there is a constant flow of messes and turnover of products, I find myself sorting and reorganizing in mine a lot!

Today, I thought I’d share a few pictures of my little craft space!  I know I love to take a peek inside other people’s creative spaces, so today you’re going to get a look inside mine!

My current room is approximately 6 ft. x 9 ft., but has a wall sticking out in the middle of it!  If you haven’t seen it before, this is the arrangement I had going before I decided I wanted a counter height work area since I tend to stand when I’m working:

Since I found I didn’t use the little desk at all, I put together a standing height work area some time ago using some Closet Maid cube organizers from Target.  Factor in a little time and a lot of creative activity going on, and this is where things were when I dug in last week:

The door is only partially open because there are things behind it preventing it from doing so!  With a smaller space like this, I had placed some JetMax cubes from Michaels on the wall behind the door, which extended into the path of the door!  The piles on the floor (four of them!) were driving me crazy and were a result of throwing things into the room (which is just off the kitchen) when we’d have guests coming!  Do you have one of those rooms or closets where you tend to put things on short notice to tidy up the house a bit?  This is what happens when you don’t go back and retrieve the things you put in there!  LOL!  It was time I got things under control again!

After some purging and sorting, I rearranged my JetMax cubes so that they were all in one area, holding most of my stamping supplies and easily accessible from my work area.  One of my missions was to place my Cricut Create in a place where I’d actually use it!  For me, if things aren’t out where I can see them and easily get to them, I don’t use them!  Here’s what I came up with:

A much more efficient space!

My quilting mat is a convenient cover up for the crack between the two ClosetMaid cube storage units that I put back to back to create my work table!  I’m not doing much quilting right now, so I figured it was a good way to get it out of storage and put it to use!  The magazine holder with little drawers to the right is also from the JetMax line of storage units.  It holds my embossing folders and clear blocks for my acrylic/cling stamps.  One drawer contains my Magnolia stamps (…which I need to look through and use.).

I organize most all of my supplies by color after seeing how well it works for Stacy Julian!  I’ve never been happier!  I love being able to find something quickly when working on a project!  Making a card in pinks and blues?  I open up the pink and blue fabric bins and see what I’ve got stashed away in those colors!  Love how easy it is to see what I’ve got!
For those of you that know me, I adore little metal buckets for organizing things!  Since red/aqua is one of my favorite color combinations, I have buckets in those colors as well as a bright, happy yellow (not shown in today’s pics)!  Here are some that contain my well used markers, some new goodies that I will be using soon, some candy (of course!!) and the front bucket contains all those little tools that I use every time I create!

This is my ink storage area where all my ink pads reside.  I found these units at Scrapbook.com and they are mounted on the wall, although, I’ve had them setting on top of a desk before too and they worked out great.

My Copic markers are stored in the Pampered Chef rotating kitchen tool caddy.  The cube storage unit below the ink pads contains fabric bins of envelopes, company specific stamps, misc. embellishments from days gone by and my neutrals bins (white, black, brown).  As you can see, I have my 6 x 6 paper pads, embossing goodies and Cuttlebug/Nestabilities file box on the top three cube sections for easy access.

My paper punches are stored on an towel bar type rod above the ink pads.  Yes, I have more punches than shown, but these are the ones I use most often.  The rest are stored on another rod inside the door of the wardrobe unit just inside the craft room door.

I’d love to paint over the orange on the back wall with an aqua colored paint!  I even have a little can of it all ready to go, but since DH has promised me a basement craft room once he gets things going down there, I’m holding off.  This little space will hopefully be a mudroom someday soon and I’m not so sure aqua is the right color for one of those!  For now, I’m enjoying the newly found efficiency of my work space!  Here’s to happy creative moments and being able to find what I need when I need it!

If you’re curious about my future craft spot, here’s a sneak peek just for fun:

This is looking into the room.  It is a storage area right now and used to be a little garage under the house, but we closed it in and put in a window!  It’s roughly a 10 ft. x 10 ft. room.  Just the right size, in my opinion, to be efficient when working!  I had to take a picture of the left and right sides separately, so you’ll have to use a little imagination and piece the two photos together in your mind a bit.  There is a one-piece tub/surround in the middle of the room right now!  LOL!  The wooden workbench to the right will not be staying.  DH plans to put it to use in his work area in the garage!  In its place will be a closet (…something I miss dearly right now!).


  • Lisa Posted Tuesday, 05/01/2012 4:19 pm

    I love to see where others create too and how they organize their supplies. Thanks for sharing Melissa…can't wait to see your future room!!

  • Allisa Posted Tuesday, 05/01/2012 4:27 pm

    Your future room has soo many possibilities and the natural light will be great to work in! Congrats on getting things organized in your current space.

  • jimlynn Posted Tuesday, 05/01/2012 7:11 pm

    Great organization and I'm really liking what your new space will look like! Love that window!

  • Rebekah Posted Tuesday, 05/01/2012 7:23 pm

    Looks delightful! If you must know, I had the same organizing urge today too! I need to carve out some time for it. I've got to get my scrapbooking stuff organized (mostly the kids papers, pics, etc to scrap) so I can just sit down and do it. Right now, it's too overwhelming to think about…I don't think I've ever fully unpacked from our last May trip… Eeek! That is the pictures and papers I took up. I did unpack all my hobby supplies.

  • Rebekah Posted Tuesday, 05/01/2012 7:23 pm

    …and I'm saving up for a Silhouette! You'll have to tell me how you like the Cricut Create!

  • Naomi Posted Thursday, 05/03/2012 7:25 am

    What an amazing create space! Missed you on the OLW bloghop this time. xo

  • Jen W. Posted Saturday, 05/05/2012 1:05 am

    Thanks for sharing your pics – I love getting a peek at other people's crafty spaces! 🙂 And I'm like you – if it's not out and easy to get to it ain't gettin' used!

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