For those of you who have been following along with my great scrapbook space renovation project, the end is in sight. I've been working on making sense out of the great abyss of my scrapbook studio - the craft closet. Cue scary music - dum. dum. dum. Honestly, I was tempted to ignore it and just keep throwing things in there randomly, but, deep down, I knew that was wrong. Here's a look at the closet in its before state:
And here's a look at it now, about midway through the process:
I purged three large shopping bags from the closet alone and divvied it up among my crafty friends. Most of the things I purged I hadn't even looked at in several years, much less actually used in a project. I feel good about getting rid of all of those things. Based on cleaning out the closet, I've decided that I will store a few things "off-site." For example, I am putting my crop luggage out in the bonus room attached to the garage. I rarely go to crops anymore and don't need quick access to those items. Eventually, I may even sell or give away the larger pieces. I don't really have room for my gift wrap materials in my scrapbook room. If I can't figure out a place in the closet where they'll work, I'll relocate those to my small guest room and create an area in it for them. My cross stitch magazines are already all stored in the trunk that I use as my coffee table in the living room. It's not an ideal system, but I see no reason to change it right now. A long term project for me will be to sort those magazines and relocate my fave patterns in a binder system of some kind that I can store in the craft closet. I also have a cabinet out in the bonus room that has other crafty items stored in it that I'll have to deal with eventually. I figure I'll worry about that when I get around to cleaning out that bonus room later this fall. For now, I have my hands full working on the scrapbook space by itself.
Here's what my modified to-do list is looking like at this point:
Today - put together 2 of the 3 drawer units I bought and sort/store embellishments into 9 categories to fit my total of 9 drawers; scrape stickers from windows; put another coat of paint on window trim; sand edges and paint tabletop for sewing area; continue de-stickifying floor sections that need it; clean off my work table; finish removing all crafty items from dining room area by sorting, storing, and purging as needed
Tomorrow - determine what additional storage items I need and purchase them; fill and arrange remaining storage items; hang chalkboard frames and other decor; sand and repaint work table surface; add another coat of paint to sewing area tabletop if needed; touch up paint any problematic spots on wall or trim
*(This is the last full day I plan to devote to working on my space.)
Saturday - make and attach labels to storage items; make wish list for remaining room items; store unneeded organizational items in bonus room
Sunday - wipe down furniture, dust, mop, and vacuum room; make banner and hang; put another coat of paint on work table if needed
Monday - Raskog cart should arrive; arrange items on cart; photograph room storage choices and blog about storage decisions/challenges/reasoning; photograph room decor and room in totality; blog about the experience and the finished product; video room tour if I'm brave enough
In the meantime, if you're looking for me, I'm probably trying my best to enjoy a lazily decadent fall break and cleaning the rest of my house that became increasingly problematic as I focused on my reno project.