Hello dear readers, it’s that time again, another update on Operation Crafty Room! Here is Part One and Part Two if you missed them! So at this point, Amy has sorted and purged to her heart’s content, and it was time to start putting the room together.
I (Erin) came over for the evening, and Amy and I worked from about 6:30 in the evening to 10:30 that night, but we got TONS done. We started with assembling the shelves she had bought at Target. Amy doesn’t like power tools all that much, but once I showed her how to use the drill, we got both shelving units done in record time! And yes, we were wearing PJ’s. Judge away.
`Now that the shelves were built, we could start putting away the bins that Amy had sorted. Apparently we each have conflicting views on “bin placement” as I like the bin colors to be symmetrical, and Amy just gives me “are you kidding” looks and just shoves the bins wherever. Needless to say there was some pushing and shoving, and finally giving in. (I think I won but at this point I’m not too sure anymore).
Ok, so at this point the shelves were built, the bins were in place, and it was time to start moving furniture. This actually went pretty smoothly since we had already decided on the new crafty space floor plan, and the trickiest part was moving furniture back and forth (the play stuff to the new play corner, and the craft stuff to the craft corner) without running into each other. While moving things to new homes, we also continued to sort and purge.
The placement of some of the furniture and shelves was very strategic for us. When arranging a room, it’s fun to think outside the box and think about different ways to configure furniture. Amy didn’t have a fourth wall for the shelving, so we made the couch into our “wall” and the shelves fit perfectly. Not only can they store her craft supplies, but they also can be used as a sofa table to put blankets or a drink behind them when watching a movie, or as a quick place to rest some craft supplies. Dual purpose! The bins in the shelves are not only individually organized, but they are grouped together as well. For instance, the three bins on the bottom right are adhesives-one bin has Elmers products, one has Mod Podge, and the other carries a variety of glues. The plastic drawers on the left are all kid craft supplies. Everything has a home, and more importantly the home logically makes sense.
One of Amy’s needs was a mail center. She receives numerous goodies and lots of happy mail, but she never had any place to put stuff. But now those white wire cubbies hold packages and boxes that are waiting to be sorted into other areas of the craft room. This also eliminated the package clutter upstairs. Amy also began to make a sewing storage area, as well as special areas for her scrapbooking supplies. Lots of work in progress still, but things are coming together! I couldn’t be more proud!
The play area of the basement is also coming together. We created another “wall” by taking an existing shelving unit and putting it perpendicular to the wall. This also helps define the “kid” space versus the “craft” space, and when little visitors come is gives them a good space to hang out. There’s still more arranging and organizing in that area, but it’s already worked well for the kiddos that come over!
So things are really starting to come together in the basement. I’m so proud of Amy, for all the hard work she’s putting in making a functional crafty space. There’s still some more organizing to do, both in the craft space and play area, but wow, has it come a long ways!
Can you believe the amount of work she’s done!? We can’t wait to show you when EVERYTHING is finished, but for now, totally leave some “pat on the back” comments for Amy because she deserves them!