my newly organized craft closet

Please tell me I am not the only one with a totally embarrassing craft supply closet. I mean – seriously bad. I use our extra bedroom closet to store my stuff (along with extra coats, a fan, my wedding gown, and misc. other things). It’s kind of a tight space and I never took the time to make sense of it all. Until yesterday.

First, let’s take a moment to see how bad it was. You couldn’t even see the floor!

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All those clothes? They are a mix of dresses I need to eBay or consign, out-of-season clothes for Laura, and baby clothes I want to keep. They ended up in a pile because she likes to “dress up” in whatever she can find. There were also donations of my clothes that no longer fit. Oh yeah, and most of my fabric. Good luck finding what I need in that mess, right?

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Oh look! More random clothes I thought I’d refashion at some point, more of Laura’s clothes, more fabric, and misc. supplies. Oh, and there’s the balloon wreath I made last year! And apparently labels from about 10 years ago. And why on earth did I have my crappy iron upstairs with the ironing board? (I ended up bringing that one downstairs for quick jobs and my Rowenta is now up here where it should be.)

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The first thing I did was take everything out of the closet. Wow, talk about a wake-up call. I felt like I should be on an episode of Hoarders. It was shameful. I went through everything and made some tough decisions. I Freecycled a large bag of yarn. I sucked it up and parted with a box of old trim and lace seam binding that belonged to my Babci. I parted with anything that was faded or stained because even though I keep telling myself “Oh, I’ll use it as scrap” in the two years I have had this stuff, I never have. I did keep some beautiful vintage fabric in good condition and buttons, bias tape, and ribbons that still looked great.

It took about six hours (remember, I was entertaining Lulu at the same time, so I couldn’t just focus on the task at hand), but I finished the job! Look!

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So much neater. I can’t believe how much I was able to cram in that small space.
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Here are some more detailed photos of what I did. Luckily we had a bunch of those plastic shoeboxes, and I already had that three-drawer cart for a portion of my yarn storage (now it’s all in there!) so I didn’t have to spend a dime on anything.

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craft organiztion

craft organization

craft organization

craft organization

My hair bow supplies are a big mess within those boxes, but I can tackle that another day. I also am still working on my actual sewing area, but the surface of the desk is clear and I’m making progress. Little by little, right? At least I can find everything now. What a relief!

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