Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Great Craft Room Tidy...

I'm trying, I'm really trying to tidy up my craft room.  I know that I'm lucky to not only have a craft room, but to have a great big room with a lovely sunny window (in fairness, me and the hubster live in a 4 bed house, with attic and basement so to NOT have a craft room would be weird), but I just can't seem to keep it tidy.  Keep it tidy?  OK, make it tidy in the first place.



I keep making these plans to have a massive clear up in there, but it's never going to happen, so I'm starting small.  First up I bought some comic boards and started wrapping anything 1/2m or larger.  The 1m or larger pieces are on a full comic board (at the back, above), the half metres are on half a comic board.  I'm nothing if not thrifty.  I also realised I could get fabric in 2 deep in my Expedit, so it made sense to have one board half size so I can see what's behind.  To the left is a pile of layer cake squares, some Summersville FQs and .... something else, can't remember!  Not sure what to do with them, so they live here.



My small collection of solids got the same treatment.  The shelf above my neat fabric is my collection of bunny fabrics in 2 piles on the right, charm squares on the left.  Inside that cupboard is a big mess of felt.



So I've sorted out 4 cubes of my 12-cube Expedit...  I still have some way to go.  This is a box of solid scraps, with a wooden box of small but large scraps.  I really don't know what to do with them.



erm... and this would be a big mess!



To the side of the Expedit is a 4-drawer unit which holds my FQs neatly folded and arranged by colour.  I did that a while ago and have managed to keep it neat.  It would appear that quite some mess has grown up around it though!

I'm going to show my progress on my blog, hoping it might encourage me to do more!  If you don't see another post in the next month about my Great Craft Room Tidy, start nagging me please!






13 comments:

pennydog said...

Currently on the same mission- this morning I was clearing out drawers of ribbon to make them into my new scrap storage drawers, the aim is to get rid of the drawers blocking the window...

I bought some more boards too because I made the decision just to clear another shelf- I had never thought about half height though, that's genius! If you need another half pack give me a shout.

Anna said...

Not easy to have all organized ! Perhaps you can pick up some ideas on :http://www.everythingetsy.com/2012/01/22-tips-to-organize-your-craft-room/
Have fun !
Anna

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Gotta love IKEA and Expedit shelving. Mine's in a dark brown. Brilliant idea to have the comic boards at the front half size so you can see what's at the back!!!

Sandra :) said...

If I had a pretty sewing room with pretty furniture I'd probably be more apt to keep it organized and photogenic. I sew in a basement dungeon - it's big, I'll give it that, but with unfinished walls, ceiling and floors, it's plain out UGLY. My fabrics and crafty notions are mostly sorted and organized, but the ugly surroundings don't inspire me to prettify :D

Alli said...

I think the "messy" parts of your sewing room still are really organized! :D

CeLynn said...

My sewing room is also in Dire need of an overhaul! Hoping to get to that in the next week or two...

Looks like you have made some nice progress in the right direction,keep it up!

ukcitycrafter said...

I'm very impressed with what you've achieved so far Wendy, it's so easy to get distracted when tidying up. I tend to end up rediscovering a fabric and 'having' to make something with it!

Jane Galley said...

Wonder what treasures you'll unearth while you're tidying.

margaret said...

like the way you are doing your larger fabric pieces, mine are folded so of course have folds that need lots of pressing before |I even start to cut out the shapes.Good to see you fill of good intentions re a tidy up, maybe you will spur me on to do the same or maybe not!

Alison said...

What a great way to store your fabric, I could do with doing something like that... I just started sorting my craft room as well, not that it looks like it!! A x

Rachel said...

Be pleased that you have made a start. We are working on mine, but at the moment I can't really claim to have a craft room, although I have materials in at least three rooms!

Sheryl S. said...

Wish I had a craft room - could take over the spare bedroom I suppose. At present, stash and needlework supplies are just about everywhere, in boxes under beds, on shelves, in drawers, you name it.

Jo Ferguson said...

My craft room is small so it falls into disarray very quickly. It's a constant work in progress to keep it organized. I like the comic board idea. It will be fun to see what other storage ideas you come up with.