A Triumphant Return and a Craft Room Disaster

Do you want to know the secret to finding the time and inspiration to make things?

Publicly declare that you have neither the time nor the inspiration to make things, and then you’ll have crafty mojo coming out your ears.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks crafting up a storm and I’m excited to share about it here. Natalie’s quilt is a large part of what I’ve been working on, and I’m making really good progress (update coming soon!).

But today I wanted to post about a genius organization idea I found (not my own; I’m not clever enough by half to have thought of this!) and lament about the state of my craft room.

“Craft room” is a rather slippery term; this room is an office/guest room as well as where most of the supplies for my creative pursuits live. And this is what it looks like today:

2013-11-04 09.37.15Oy. And that’s after I spent several hours in there yesterday working on an organization project. 

My mom stayed in that room for a week after Natalie was born (I assure you it was in better shape then and the bed was cat-free), but ever since then we’ve just been piling more and more things into it. Obviously I don’t spend any time in there; how could I? You can barely navigate around all the boxes!

I can’t tell you how badly I wish I had an “after” photo that’s Pinterest-worthy. I drool over other people’s craft spaces, but sadly, that’s not how this post ends. This is the “before” photo, the one that happens at the beginning of a fantastic HGTV makeover.

(HGTV, if you’re reading this, please send the Kitchen Cousins to my house. They don’t even have to renovate anything; just standing around and looking pretty would be enough.)

Ok, let’s get to the glimmer of hope: I started organizing my fabric. I stumbled on the amazing idea of using pendaflex file folders and filing cabinets to organize my stash, and got to work straight away.

What used to look like this:

2013-11-03 13.30.12-1Now looks like this!

2013-11-04 09.36.29Oooooh. Aaaaaah.

Granted, this only works if you have a very small fabric stash. It turns out that I have a lot more fabric than I realized (show of hands, who’s surprised? Anyone? Bueller?) and it’s not all going to fit in that cabinet. The filing cabinet just to the left is occupied by honest-to-god files and important papers, so as much as I’d like to completely take it over, I just can’t.

You’re gonna need a bigger boat filing cabinet.

This is what I have left to store:

2013-11-04 09.36.56

Yeah, quite a bit.

So, more thinking is required about where to go from here.

Do I buy cardboard file boxes? (ugly)
Another filing cabinet? (not sure where I’d put it)
Get rid of some fabric? (you shut your mouth)

I think if I pulled the metal part out of the folders, I could stack the fabric nicely on a shelf or in a bookcase (neither of which currently lives in that room).

Stay tuned. I’ll figure something out.

My parents will be staying with us for a day when they fly into Boston for Christmas, so that’s my deadline. At that point there has to at least be a path from the door to the bed.

But really, what do they think this is? The Holiday Inn?

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