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First New Year’s Resolution DONE!

So I have a confession to make…  my craft room has been a disaster that was masked by quasi organization ever since we took ownership of this house.   When we first moved, our house was pretty much ripped apart down to its studs and we physically remodeled this house top to bottom with a 12 week old baby and a 20 month old.   Yes, we are a bit insane.    I will have to say the hubs and I never bickered or let some of the endless challenges of having our “Money Pit” experience ever get the best of us.  When we dated and were first married we did a lot of extreme outdoor adventure (climbing MT. Whitney, Half Dome, 56 mile backpacking trips, 120 mile mountain bike trips in Canyon Lands, Utah), so I think that was God setting us up for how to deal with challenges and relying on each other in  extreme settings.  A full remodel with a baby and a toddler would equate for an extreme sport in my book. We had only 1/2 of a bath, NO kitchen, no flooring, and lived in drywall dust for about 8 weeks.

I totally digressed… the once office/craft room (now only craft room with a desk and file cabinet) was the catch-all room during most of the remodel and when I started to transform the catch-all to a craft room, I did a lot of shoving into the closet and half reorganizing so I could just set up the room and craft.

Well that finally caught up with me over this holiday season while doing all my projects, I was finally forced to face the music of my avoidance of the situation.  So last weekend I rolled up my sleeves and spent TWO whole days doing what I should have done 2 years ago.  Sadly, when reorganizing and purging it gets worse before it gets better.  I wanted to throw up my hands and yell UNCLE at one point. Even the hubs came in at one point and nearly had a heart attack on how similar my room looked to an episode of Hoarders, Buried Alive he had once seen.   However, I powered through and now have the craft room and storage for my mini Michaels store I have been needing and wanting!

Before- in the throws of reorg insanity:


After:  YAY!



This closet was the biggest victory.  On the side you don’t see holds my main printer, camera gear, office supplies and a few totes.  On the side you do see holds most of my everyday embellishments,  paint, specialty ribbon and twine, my design team products, extra supplies, makers, pens, a couple totes that host a quit I am working on and gift bags, etc…


The shelving unit hosts scrapbooks, my Cuttlebug and Cinch It, all my paper stackers and my 8.5×11 solid stock paper. Next is my sewing station that the hubs built for me and it serves as a ribbon holder as well.  I have a big tool cabinet above this station that I inherited from the hubs and that is hosts all my stamp ink, more embellishments, supplies, Stickles, etc…   The red tool box hosts all my sewing tools.

craft room 2

I decided to organize my loose paper in 13×13 plastic storage bins and store those under my main work space.  The top drawer holds all my scrap paper and then I organized the rest of the drawers by pattern, solid, Christmas, Halloween, novelty/designer paper and small stacks. This should help keep me more on track on what I have and what I need.  The hub built the main craft table, the peg board, and the table that holds my Cricut, Silhouette and color printer.  In the wood drawers under my craft table hosts my heat gun, stamps, stickers, and punches.

So there you have it.  I have managed to successfully knock out one of my New Year’s Resolutions before the end of January!  I have to say I have already done some projects and it is WONDERFUL to be working in a truly organized room!

Thanks for sharing a piece of ” happiness is being organized” pie with me.


About apieceoflifespie

I am a stay at home domestic engineer that has a love for my family, food, writing, crafting, photography and most of all a clean and orderly house. I feel I was born in the wrong era in many things and the only thing I would change if I was a "Donna Reed or June Cleaver" kind of mom is that I would still get to wear my sweats and Crocs while washing the windows.

10 responses »

  1. Your room looks fantastic! Feels amazing when it’s all finally organized, doesn’t it? Congrats to you!

  2. Yeah you!!! Well done Arin – the room looks fab and so organised. You must feel so satisfied and now you can craft to your hearts content:-) Have a great weekend. Hugs, Karon.

  3. Your room looks fantastic! Congrats on the organization – feels better now, doesn’t it? Love all that ribbon storage.

  4. Looks great!!! Although I must admit that your before picture made me feel good ’cause I can at least see the floor in my office/craft room. 😉 You must be feeling better than last week when I talked with you. As soon as I am feeling better, I need to get my office/craft room organized. You sure have raised the bar and have challenged me to deal with my room.
    Way to go, Chica!!!

  5. ok you have motivated me to organize this weekend! 🙂 thank you!!
    Love all your crafty stuff!

  6. Awesome job Arin! I definitely need to do the same! My room seriously looks like a tornado went through it, yikes! It looks great and I am sure it feels good and makes you happy when crafting…can find things again!
    Thanks for sharing…I need to do the same to! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sherrie K

  7. Super, super cute room!!! Look at all that ribbon you have!!! I need to go get myself downstairs and get mine cleaned up now, LOL!!! Have a great weekend!!

  8. You go girl!!! This looks so awesome! Now I have craft room envy, lol. I have been in the process of re-doing my craft room for longer than I care to admit, but you have inspired me to get serious about it now. After I first saw this post, I actually did completely de-clutter & clean off one of my work tables, so that’s all thanks to your inspiration! I just wish I lived closer so I could come play in your fabulous new room!! I love it! Great job!

    Diana 🙂
    Leelee Card Designs

  9. Your room looks amazing. The before is just like my room, sad to say. Don’t know what to do with it all, my space is probably no more than half of yours..

  10. You have a very lovely craft room! Love the colors and the natural light from that window and how you store everything! So serene!


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