Organized clutter is still clutter. Get rid of it. ~CorieClark.com
I’m so thrilled to have you join us for our second week of No Place Like Home. Not only are we sharing tips and ideas on how to declutter and organize your house, but we have a HUGE GIVEAWAY for the entire month of January. We also have a place to link up your photos to share with everyone.
PLEASE make sure to visit all the gals in No Place Like Home to see all their wonderful and creative ideas for getting your creative and/or office decluttered and organized:
If you love to paint, create, and work on crafting projects; then I know you have a craft room! Wait, you say you don’t! BUT, you store all your crafting supplies somewhere and there’s a place where you create. It might be in the basement, garage, dining room table or the tiny area at the top of the stairs. Yes, I have a craft/studio, but it took time until all the kids left the nest. Up until then, I worked in the garage, basement and anywhere else I could find room. I eventually stored all my painting supplies in our kitchen pantry and I painted at our kitchen island. I even made a portable studio in our fifth-wheel RV when we wintered in Florida.
I’m almost embarrassed to share the photo above with you, but here is what my room looked like just over a week ago! If you don’t have an actual room designated as a craft room, then that’s one positive for you; because if you do have a studio or craft room, I guarantee that it will get messy! Maybe not as bad as mine was, but it just happens. It hasn’t helped that we’ve downsized and I have less space to store seasonal items or to find room for all my freebies I got at the Haven Conference.
I had made these great storage boxes above to help keep everything tidy, and it did work. They’re good and strong boxes. If you want to see how I made these sturdy boxes, you can see them here and here. But I ended up putting my newly found old cabinet in this spot. The upper bookcase went on top of my IKEA drawers and the bottom bookcase went into our guest room.
So this is what replaced my bookcases. I found this great old cabinet at a local flea market this fall and immediately thought how it would make my studio look neater because most everything would be behind closed doors.
I’ve taken over half of our lower walkout family room. I’ve screened off my area for privacy and for hiding my messy work surfaces.
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IF you’re lucky enough to have a special creative area, fill it with things that make you happy and you love to look at. One thing I find that really helps is to containerize your supplies and label them. My Longaberger baskets above store all kinds of paperwork. I use them like a file, but they look nice sitting on the shelf. I’m going to be doing something with the magazine holders above and when I do, I’ll be labeling them so I’ll know what’s in each one. The same with my IKEA drawers. I found some Martha Stewart metal labels that could stick onto these drawers.
Now I read the labels to pull out the correct drawers. BTW, these drawers are awesome for storing papers, prints, artwork and supplies in them.
The number 3 box above stores all my crafting papers that I lay on my work surface first, before I begin a project. It helps to keep the top of my surface clean from glue, paint, glitter, and anything else that’s messy.
I hated to do it, but I put a couple of nails into the side of my cabinet to hold long rulers and my T-square. I tried putting them on the inside of the cabinet doors, but unfortunately the shelves come right to the edge and there just wasn’t room. But they’re where I can get to them easily.
My previous storage boxes I made were just too big to fit in this cabinet, other than the one on the bottom shelf. Because they’re strong boxes, I’ll be using them in our utility room for storing my cans of chalk paint. We have deep shelving in there and I’ll be able to slide these boxes out to get to my paints more easily.
There are so many wonderful containers, baskets, and other storage items on the market today. I ended up buying a couple of the lazy Susan’s above to store spray cans that I can easily see and reach with a slight turn on the table. The plastic box, on the top shelf with green leaves, is my glitter box. Whenever I use glitter, I make sure I apply the glitter with the box directly under it to catch all the excess. That way, you won’t look glitter everywhere. For me, it was also important to have a place to keep items for projects. Many times I would come home and leave them in a bag or they would end up somewhere else where I totally forgot about them.
I just recently purchased all these great fabric boxes to hold many of my supplies. Everyone of them was on sale at the time; and then I bought chalkboard labels that I could write large enough to easily find what I might be looking for.
All my desk drawers are labeled and I’ve gone through each one and cleaned them out. Did you know that your felt-tip pens, markers, etc., should be stored laying horizontally and not upright? I have a number of plastic drawer dividers to separate items, but any kind of box, lids, or anything else you can put into a drawer to organize smaller items will work.
I can’t believe I previously kept all my Washi tape in a plastic bag. No wonder I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Now they’re all out where I can see them.
I whitewashed my wood crates and have stacked them to look like a bookcase.
These carts from IKEA are fantastic. Unfortunately, I don’t see them in this grey or the aqua they used to sell, but there are other colors. I keep it right by my work side where I can easily grab for anything I need.
I love this turnstile craft paint holder. I literally removed a shelf in our pantry (former house) to store this where I could get to it easily. There are so many ways to store your paints that you really need to see what will work best for you and for where and how you paint.
I purchased the metal tray above for $1 at an antique store that was going out of business. Find a tray to put some of your supplies on and it makes it easier for transporting.
My working desk above came from IKEA. I needed more surface space for projects, so I purchased this sturdy folding table, which is a great place to store some of my bulky items like my sewing machine.
The large opened box on the floor, is another project you’ll be seeing shortly. I’ll just say that the box weighs a ton! Old suitcases are great places to store art supplies and they can be used as tables when not in use. Even inexpensive plastic chests will hold a lot of supplies.
I use my glue gun a lot, so I just leave it out and all set to plug in for when I need it. My printer stays right where it is. It’s not your standard printer, but is used only for printing art and photography; and it has 8 different ink cartridges. I also store some of my large items in this corner because I can see them, but they’re out of my way.
One more thing that’s a must is good lighting. I purchased this Juno Track Lighting when we lived in our previous house. I had thought about getting an electrician and have good lighting put in, but I knew we were planning on moving in a few years. Mr. Cottage drilled the holes in the ceiling and I put the tracks and lighting in. It’s portable and can be used wherever you need it. When we moved, I just filled the holes in the ceiling and touched it up with paint. If you don’t or can’t go this route, Ott Lights are awesome! The small white light on my desk is an Ott Light.
One final photo for you. There were actually two bags of trash, but Mr. Cottage took one out before I took this photo. The Talbots bag has things I’m donating, but I will still be adding to it in the next few week.
I’m going to share a little tip for you. You can have the cleanest, most beautiful studio there is, but if it’s not functional for YOUR needs, it’s not going to stay that way! I hope this time I’ve got it right…lol
Now onto our GIVEAWAY!
So, as previously mentioned, the gals from No Place Like Home are hoping to motivate you to declutter your home with the opportunity to win a $150 gift card from The Container Store. You have multiple opportunities to enter the giveaway:
1) Each week submit a photo of a declutter challenge or success to the inlinkz below. (If you are not linking from a webpage and are just uploading an image from your computer, click on option 3 in the inlinkz box that says ‘Image URL’ and add your image from your computer. This link (http://blog.inlinkz.com/2010/07/adding-images-to-linkup/ ) helps explain that further.)
2) Follow the rest of the Rafflecopter prompts below.
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Link Party Guidelines:
1. Please only link up posts that are kitchen decluttering/organizing related.
2. Please only link up your original work.
3. Please only post something that you have not posted before during this 4 week challenge.
4. Please go to the original post before you pin something.
5. By linking up to this party, you are giving all 8 of us permission to share you pictures on social media or our blogs at any time in the future. Of course there will be a link back to your original post.
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