Today is about open storage in a craft room. Craft room are notoriously difficult to keep organized becuse there are so many components and supplies especially when you do different types of crafts like Chrystelle, who scraps, sews, crochets, knits, quilts and tends to her Etsy shop in that same space.
Tip #1: Line shelves up.
When shelves are lined up the overall look will be calmer. It seems silly that those two off shelves above will make any difference but they will, believe me. Click on image to view larger.
See the difference in the blue lidded container to the left and the smaller ones with pretty fronts made out of craft paper? Such an easy and inexpensive way to disguise craft supplies. Great job on those, Chrystelle! Click on image to view larger.
Tip #3: Line books up at the front of shelves.
Instead of shoving your books and albums against the back of the shelving unit bring them forward so they align with the front of the shelves. It will look instantly neater and there won't be any ledge for clutter left in front of the books. Click on image to view larger.
The top of these shelves end up being cluttered simply because there's empty space up there. Down inside the shelving unit space it's cramped. I'd move those pretty boxes (circled in green) up to the top. That way space will be freed up below and some of the stuff I know is covering other areas such as the desk top and floor (Rule #1: Never put anything directly on the floor.) can find a new home.
What to do with the clutter on top? Decide whether it's something you need to hold on to or if it can go. If it's worth keeping, it's worth storing in a better place that up there :) Click on image to view larger.
I know there are things one wants out on display. The thing is though that if it's all out at once it will just be... well, clutter.
I suggest getting a box out (and then stored...) and labeling it "pretty things I love" and then after the open storage unit is organized, using the tips above, you can add three of the things you love on the shelves. They will now pop and tell your story and add whimsy or sophistication or whatever it is you want. Store your box and add to it as you go along and occasionally switch things out. Click on image to view larger.
Haha! Everytime I've added the Click on image to view larger I can feel Chrystelle cringe and go "Oh no, why would anyone want to see my clutter up closer!?" Sorry Chrystelle, but you asked for it :)
Ok, more to come later on on Chrystelle's craft room!
Did you have a good weekend btw? Over all I did but I was so frustrated yesterday. The Internet was totally against me. No matter what I touched in cyber space it went wrong. I managed to get this post together in the end but I missed out on working out. If you are following me on Twitter you know I've joined a gym and in the Chez Larsson tradition (of going all in) I'm hooked. Well, I'll have to go tonight after work then for sure. Oh, and Martin joined too (he's the one who drafted me) and he's lost 4 kg/8 pounds in a week (but then he's on a diet too and I'm not. I WILL NOT sacrifice chocolate.)