gobs of creative materials. I paint, silkscreen, hammer things, sew, cut, glue, wrap, stamp and pretty much everything else there is out there. And I get asked all the time, "where do you put it all?"
I'm not even close to being an expert! Ha! Had ya fooled, didn't I? (grin)
Today, I'll answer by showing you how I have maximized a small nook just off our master bedroom, turning into the world's tiniest craft studio... and share how it has become perfect for my needs with just a little organization and some creative storage.
1) I had my man install a bank of two long shelves, one lined with baskets for storage of my finished Etsy items, fabric, and supplies I use daily like stamps and ink pads. The top shelf is used for larger finished Etsy items, packaged items, and other supplies.
2) I numbered each basket using mis-matchy house numbers from Lowes. Because it was cute. Let's face it... you need to add a little cute in sometimes.
vintage blue mason jars to good use housing glitter and alphabet and number stamps. (And yes, sometimes I clean my stamps...sometimes I don't.)
work table. (I still need a stool but I'm waiting for just the right one.)
5) I installed a wrapping station that I created myself using leftover bead board, wood and inexpensive wood curtain rod holders. (I'm sure they have a specific name but "curtain rod holder" is the best I can do right now.)
6) Stole my daughters tall wire basket (that she wasn't using anyway) and re-purposed it for tall things like oilcloth rolls, brown paper, yard sticks, chicken wire, and fabric rolls. It's perfect! (You can get yours here)
7) Years ago when I first opened my Etsy store, I purchased an antique cupboard for the sole purpose of holding supplies. (Please ignore my man's Massai spear leaning against the side.) Because of the cupboard's petite size, I'm forced to keep only what I really need inside it! But perhaps that's a good thing. And because it's also cute, it works nicely anywhere in the room.
8) I keep all of my prints organized in labelled boxes, ready for shipping out.
I don't always! And the inside of this cupboard is evidence of that! I have packing peanuts in one of those boxes, my painting apron, stuffing, and odds and ends. (I also have a photoshop elements box that I WILL learn how to use this year. I WILL.)
pretty as well as useful. You will most likely never come to my house and find something for display only- I light my candles, store things inside my boxes, and don't keep much around that isn't useful!
I hope this helps! Take whatever ideas might work and toss out any tidbits that won't.