|Craft closet design idea from the Container Store|
A few weeks back, I posted that I was in the midst of transforming my home office into a, well, "bead studio" may be overdoing it, but let's just say it will be a place where the beads will finally have a proper home and I will have a proper place to work with them.
What with my job plus grad school--and dealing with the mess the space had become--the makeover is taking longer than I expected, but it is coming along. I decided I should at least milk the project for several blog entries, so this is Part 1. My hope is that what I learned along the way might be useful to others contemplating a reorg.
|Rolling cart from HSN|
From Workplace to Respite
A little background: For about 15 years, up until 2006, I was a fulltime freelance writer/editor. My home office was a tiny bedroom in our house that held a desk with computer, two very tall bookcases, a printer, a file cabinet, a tiny closet stocked with office and computer supplies and not much else. It was a space dedicated to paper.
In the six years since I returned to the life of a regular paycheck and health benefits, this office has become transmogrified. For a while it was overrun with yarn, knitting supplies and knitting books. I remember thinking a couple of years ago, when I replaced knitting with beading and jewelry making, "Well, at least this hobby will take up much less space." Har!
|Alex drawer unit from Ikea|
(a taller, skinnier version
is available, too)
The weeks before crafts fairs, as I was trying to churn out pieces, it got especially crazy-lady, call-up-Hoarders bad.
|Sauder craft armoire with |
foldout table from Target
Realization #2: A nice long beading table is not necessarily an advantage if you are someone, like me, who tends to just pile stuff up on every horizontal surface.
So I started shopping online. I checked out Target, Ikea, Container Store, Bed, Bath & Beyond and a bunch of sites I stumbled on just by Googling "crafts storage."
I came very close to buying this multi-drawer unit, below, from Best Craft Organizer:
|crafts storage triple unit |
from Best Craft Organizer
It was right around Thanksgiving that I was doing heavy online shopping, and on CyberMonday, Best Craft Organizer offered a sweet discount. I don't remember exactly how much, but I wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger, and I assumed that a similar deal would be offered after Christmas.
Well, Christmas came and went and no discount. I was kicking myself--you know how you can't bear to pay full price once you've seen something on sale? But my procrastination paid off, because it was suddenly January and time for the Container Store's annual Elfa sale!
I have bought Elfa shelving in the past and admire its quality and design. It is also not cheap, but taking 30 percent off took a bit of the sting out of it. I liked the flexibility of the units, and the fact that I could go to the store to inspect the pieces in person. I spent a lot of time poring over the designs, like the craft closet configuration at the very top of this post. I measured and re-measured my small room and the limitations that the placement of windows and closet doors wrought.
The Container Store now offers a service in which you can order online, have it shipped to a local store and pick it up there, without paying shipping charges. I took advantage of that, and it was a pleasant experience.
I'll talk more about the storage solution I bought in Part 2, as well as the new work table I ordered.
I wasn't on Pinterest at the time, but I'm sure I would've wasted endless hours there looking. Here are some design inspirations for you.