Get Fresh: Part One

March 22, 2015

As I explain on my Organization page, nothing makes me feel accomplished quite like a good organization project on a weekend. With Mike off at Leadership Camp with his students today, I had an entire day alone in the house with nothing that absolutely had to happen. What to do?! After grabbing a quick bite to eat, Denali and I started wandering around the house and scoping out a “to do” for this sunny Sunday.

Now let’s back up: when I first created my Craft Room page on this site, I planned to include pictures of the “craft oasis” I described. I darted upstairs to take some nice Instagram shots, only to discover that it was…er…less than an oasis. In all fairness, I did admit that it’s the messiest room in our house. Apparently I wasn’t kidding. This morning, Denali sheepishly pointed out that the basement storage room sported more organization than the craft room (thanks for organizing it, Mikey). Okay, fair point, beagle.

This is what my lovely room looked like this morning:

There’s nowhere to put my jewelry samples when I get home from a show, so I usually just dump them on the table. Not ideal! Where’s a girl to craft?

This corner is at least neat and organized, but so dark!

This corner is at least neat and organized, but so dark!

Again, not terrible, but the top of the scrapbook paper shelves feels awfully cluttered to me.

Pictures I never got around to hanging on the wall…and a homeless stack of Premier paperwork on the floor.

You would never know I cleaned out this closet during Christmas break…

Yikes! Thus, in addition to my chalkboard project (Don’t worry — I haven’t forgotten! More to come!), I set out to give the Craft Room a much-needed facelift.

Overall, as I contemplated my next steps, I decided the room generally felt cluttered and dark. Ick. I also realized that the biggest issues stemmed from the fact that when Mike and I first set up this space almost two years ago, it served one purpose and one purpose only: crafting. Many months later, I use the space for so much more! First of all, it houses all of my Premier Designs jewelry samples, show supplies, and paperwork. The room also has a knack for collecting various classroom items. Last, but certainly not least, I really want a devoted writing space; while we have an office on the main floor, it’s primarily used as Mike’s office, and I am starting to feel like I’m inchin’ in on his zone, if you know what I mean.

I’m not going to reveal all of the big changes today (I go to bed early, people), but I’ll show you the biggest organizational transformation from this weekend. You’ll just have to come back for the beautification stuff in the rest of my “Get Fresh” installments later this week! 😉

Project No. 1: The Closet of Doom

Hilariously enough, back in December, The Closet of Doom was much…um…doomier. I had packed it to the brim with wedding craft supplies, and I couldn’t stand it anymore! I spent an entire day of Christmas break throwing away and donating a massive amount of random items I would likely never use. I added in the sweater hanger from another closet thinking it was a fabulous solution to house all of my Premier paperwork. Everything in its place. Ahhhh. Life was good.

The fact that it’s now less than three months later and the system has not stuck told me that the system had a problem. Time to identify problems and reevaluate:

  • While the sweater hanger presented a cost-free solution to my paperwork issue, it simply didn’t work; the fabric shelves couldn’t hold everything in place nicely, so, occasionally, ALL of the paperwork slid right into my face/lap while I tried to locate a document. STRESS! No. Not okay.
  • Everything else just felt caddywhompus. No, I did not stage that picture; everything truly tilted all those different directions! Welcome to Whoville, readers.

After completely emptying out the closet and putting it back together, this girl is happy. Drumroll, please…

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Voila!

Here’s a quick rundown of the changes I made:

  1. Starting on the bottom right, my Premier Designs paperwork is no longer homeless — it’s now housed on a shoe rack I found in another closet (where does all this stuff come from?!). As the shelf is a solid, level surface, nothing slides out and smacks me in the face while I’m assembling hostess packets or show folders. It’s the little things, I tell you!
  2. Moving clockwise, you’ll see a black zippered bag behind my monogrammed Thirty-One Gifts Large Utility Tote in “Navy Wave.” These are my jewelry show supplies, which you’ll probably remember from the jumbled mess on my craft table…but they now have a “place” as well!IMG_3502 (1)
  3. In the bottom left corner, I have a large basket with the boxes for all of my jewelry samples. I probably don’t actually need to keep these, but I like having the proper box (with the label) for each piece I own.
  4. Moving directly upwards to the top left, you’ll see a few assorted boxes — non-jewelry-related items that I use regularly and need handy.
  5. In the center of the shelf, I neatly stacked all of my jewelry catalogs and brochures by type.
  6. Moving right…whoa…wait…the sweater hanger is back? Yes! Moving the sweater hanger to the top of the closet and using it to house lightweight items rather than heavy paperwork (these are mostly prizes for jewelry shows) actually works really well! However, there were a few too many shelves in the piece, resulting in an ugly pile-up of fabric that rested on the closet organizer. I seriously considered simply cutting off the bottom few shelves, but then reconsidered when I realized that the poor sweater hanger has had so many different jobs in just the past few months. Maybe I’ll want to use it for something else soon! Thus, I determined that sewing was a better solution as I could simply snip the stitch and let out the bottom portion if I want to repurpose it later. Here’s what that project looked like:

    I pushed the thread through the many layers of fabric…

    …then I pulled it tight! Repeat 4-5 times, then knot it off and snip the thread.

     Finally, you can’t see my caboodle too well, but it’s on the far right in the little nook betwen the sweater hanger and the wall. I used it to hold an assortment of small jewelry accessories that I don’t need often, but still want to keep. There’s still plenty of room to add more too! Check it out:

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All in all, I’m pretty dang happy with these changes…and I have a feeling they will last longer than three months this time. 🙂 Sometimes it’s all about trial and error!

Is anybody else doing “spring cleaning”? What areas of your house are you tackling?

Have a wonderful start to the week!

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This post is part of a short series about revamping my Craft Room to make it a true oasis. To read the next post in the series, click here.

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  • Cindy collings

    Carolyn, you are amazing. So fun to follow your blog.

    March 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm Reply
    • Carolyn

      Cindy, I’m so glad you’re reading! 🙂 Thank you for the compliment — I appreciate it.

      March 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm Reply

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