Clear Clutter to Make Room for Crafting

Jeanne Johnson Ortego
by Jeanne Johnson Ortego
5 Materials
2 Hours
When you can't find something you purchased for a project, it's time to clear the clutter. I've heard that a messy space is the sign of intelligence; if that's true, I'm really brilliant! However, even I couldn't stand this mess any longer!
This was the view from my recliner. Not very inspiring, was it?
It was too messy to use the table!
I found a little school desk and a shelf at the Goodwill Pound Store for $3.99 each. (I forgot to get a good before picture of the desk, but you've all seen them. It's the type you can pull a chair up to and have a little storage and flat surface to work on.) I cleaned it up and slipped it between the table and the wall.
This awesome little shelving unit went on top of the desk. I finished cleaning it after putting it on the desk. It was really nice, especially for $3.99! I love the Pound Store! The shelves are faux butcher block Formica. They fold up for storage, and are fixed in place when set up. I used Murphy's Wood Oil soap on the wood parts, and Multi-surface Windex on the Formica. It kills germs as well as cleans.
Another before picture of the shelves.
Sorting out the craft supplies.
After cleaning and drying the shelves, I organized my crafting supplies on the shelves and in the desk's cubbies. It needed something, so I hung some fabric that I bought at Goodwill a while back (because surely I'll need it for something) behind the shelves.
Curtain to cover the mess.
There was quite a bit of the fabric, so I hung it so that it could cover the front of the shelves when I'm not actively using the crafting supplies.

I know that there are so many things that can be done with that simple desk, as well as the shelves. It was hard to resist making a new top with fold-down leaves and painting the desk. As for those shelves: Pure gold! But I sacrificed the opportunities for the greater good. I actually have something else that is supposed to go in that space for the craft supplies, but it isn't finished yet. This is one of those temporary solutions that one sometimes has to use. It might not be magazine worthy, but it'll keep me off that hoarder's show for a little while longer!
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  • Katie Katie on Jul 07, 2018

    A wonderful job of decluttering! And your 'stuff' is still in view when you need it, not hidden away where it can't give you inspiration. :-)

    • Jeanne Johnson Ortego Jeanne Johnson Ortego on Jul 07, 2018

      Katie, that's it exactly. When I put it out of sight, I forget that I have it. This is a pretty good compromise.

  • Karen Hurst Karen Hurst on Jul 11, 2018

    Nice organization. I need to do that. All my crafting item's are scattered throughout my house.