Today I wanted to share how I recently better organized our family office space and it's also my personal crafting space.
When we first bought our house I was a little bit bummed that there wasn't really a designated office space. It only had 3 bedrooms (the master & one for each of my kiddos), and it had the downstairs bonus room - which we turned into a media room. But there was a little room that held the hot water heaters and the fuse box etc. As half of our house is old and the other half newer, this room was sort of created during some renovation before we bought the house. Well there was enough space to this room that we could make it our office space. So we came up with some solutions to hide some of the other uses in the room.
The hot water tanks are in a sort of raised basin area so our solution to hide them was to put up a wall of curtains that would blend with the room, but hide the heaters and pipes we didn't want to have to see.
Another area we didn't like looking at was a long fuse box on the wall. I covered that up by putting up 2 burlap pinboards that together were big enough to hide that space. I used it to hang my calendar and fun photos of friends and family. We don't have a fridge that is magnetic so this was also a great spot to hang those photos I might have put there.
We definitely needed a designated desk space with a spot for the computer and printer, as my hubby often will work on things at home.
I've been slowly accumulating some fun baskets and containers to better organize office and craft supplies. Not only to make things easier to find, but it gives the area more character and charm. On the computer desk I have a basket to hold rubber bands, paper clips etc and it holds my fitibit stuff as I sync and charge it at the computer. I also love the little "garden bucket" that holds my address labels, thank you cards, memo pads etc. The flower on that bucket is magnetic so I can move it around. The mug that holds pens my son made for me long ago and says that I'm the "best mom ever" in case you wondering. Lol
I especially wanted a nice area to do my crafting and of course scrapbooking! This drafting table fit the bill and I use it often! My hubby helped me put up some nice shelves too...again for character and charm, (& I just love my silly little knick knacks).
I have a big travel caddy with scrapbooking tools that I keep in the closet for when I take my things on a scrapbook retreat, but this little caddy is just right to fit on the drafting table with the necessity items.
This rustic looking set of drawers is perfect for my little brads and buttons and things.
This cloth box holds my glues and other materials like lace and felt.
And I have a few other baskets and boxes around the room to hold other items. The first basket photo holds some current little projects (like Annie's cookbook and pages in progress) and also my albums that keep my photos organized chronologically. The middle photo shows a round box that holds my ribbons and some other boxes that hold loose photos, some scrapbook papers and sets and one box for die cuts and large stickers and pieces. The last basket photo shows the basket that holds all my card making supplies.
So hope this post maybe inspired you with some storage ideas and solutions too. And in all honesty these photos were taken shortly after I organized and Spring cleaned everything. I took a photo of my scrapbook area just this AM and here's the truth of how it usually looks:
But truly, what good is a nice clean and organized craft space if you're not using it, right?