another glamorous makeover.

This is what started my whole cleaning binge this past weekend.  I needed more space to work and store my stuff.  And that is a fact.  In the next house we buy...which I am praying will be sooner rather than later...there will be a sewing room.  Or we won't buy it. 

But since I don't want to spend my days annoyingly whining about not having one now...I had to make do with what I have.  Above are the before photos...and believe it or not...they were taken about half way through me pulling everything out.   It was crazy in there...I had stuff on top of stuff...things I didn't know I had...fabric that I had forgotten about...I found spools of thread stuffed in bags...it was a huge unproductive mess.

So I gutted it...
The coats moved away...and when needed will live in my new mud room. 
Anything that wasn't mine was banished to a new home.  
Then we went to Lowe's and bought some simple lumber and brackets.  I spent most of the day Sunday organizing and purging.
I measured and installed...Doug cut and sanded.  The shelves were easy peasy...and cost maybe $60 total to make.  

There is a place for everything...even a spot to hang some cute on the wall. 
Most of the colorful bins have been collected from Target over time...the top shelf holds things I don't use often and my Cricut...that I want to ensure is not touched by tiny hands. 
The prints are my own making...the "create" cards are from Michael's.
I love it...and I consider it a tiny version of what I hope to have one day.
Once again I love that there is a place for everything...and I know where everything is!
I can display some of my favorite things in a place that is not cluttered with cars and blocks and trains.
And this my friends, is proof that anyone can have a craft "room".  You just have to find a place for all the stuff in your closet. :)

Thanks for all the kind words about my mud room...and for understanding my crazy.
xo
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17 comments:

Mary Elizabeth said...

love the hoho picture!! that is awesome! can't wait to get mine :) prob will need another then - ha!

Matt and Amy said...

Isn't purging out a room or closet, donating items, putting items where they actually belong, and completely reorganizing so its nice and neat an AMAZING feeling? I've been doing that with each room of my apartment this summer. Sometimes, I'll just open the closet doors and stand there admiring the organization and cleanliness. Looking at your reorganization makes me happy too!

patricia e said...

Crystal ~ you never cease to amaze me! You are one busy girl and I'm referring to all the things you have your hands in, not including the fact that you have 2 boys that keep you running. When my kids were little, my days were so busy, or I thought they were. Between naps, meals, outdoor activities, socializing with friends who had kids the same age, etc. I'm in awe of you and all you do..The closet craft room is fantastic. I wish I had an empty closet to use for this. Actually, I now have two unused bedrooms that are full of stuff right now that need some attention. I could do something in either of these two rooms. I did a similar thing with my sons closet when he was young and put shelves on the side like you've done. I had out of season wear on the top two shelves and the lower ones were books and toys that he could reach. They were all neat and tidy in there and you could even shut the closet door to hide everything...So great job on your closet! Is that the hoho print framed I see? - What a perfect place for your wooden `Pray`hanging.

feather said...

oh, my! i'm in love with that stack of pincushions in the j mug! that is just so dang cute! great makeover, crystal.

The Bonjour Family! said...

great job!! looks like you put a lot of hard work into it. :) and the new hoho monster print is so cute!

Nancy said...

I love your clever way of organizing. Your spaces look like someplace I would want to go. Not all closets and mudrooms can say that!

sassypackrat said...

Really cute! I'd love to let you loose on my linen closet! LOL!

LKP said...

fun fun fun!
i especially LOVE the wonder woman lunch pail!!!!!

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful space to create in!! I love all of the colors. You are so motivating to get me to work on mine! Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

Smilie girl said...

Super duper! It looks fantastic and I'm sure it will make things easier to get to too.

sara's art house said...

Nice to have a place for everything!

Chris said...

Well done. Sometimes it takes a little creativity to have a space to be creative. Enjoy!

Belly Feathers said...

I love how you transformed the mongram mug into a pin cushion. Too cute! Seeing your pictures makes me was to get busy reorganizing my craft room.

Melissa said...

This is awesome! I love the wonder women lunch box. Also where did you get those super sweet metal locker looking baskets?

roberta_mac said...

Bravo! Well done!
When my husband and I went house hunting, my criteria was that it MUST have a craft room. I have one! I cannot wait to see the pictures of a full craft room for you one day. Perhaps I'll have to straighten up my room and take pictures.... But I still get trains and cars, and Polly's tossed over the gate....

Leanne said...

THat looks amazing and I love all the fun colors. I'm hosting We're Organized and would love for you to join the party. There's a giveaway too. Hope to see you thee.

My name is Becka said...

I love the inspiration! I featured your craft closet here:
http://madebybedtimetales.blogspot.com/2010/08/heres-to-craft-room-closets.html

thanks for sharing!

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