IT'S A FAIR QUESTION
What Have I been doing since I last wrote a blog?
Well, I'll tell you since you are asking...................
I have been clearing out my craft room and putting in some new storage. Now, when you start to clear out a craft room, you should be aware that you could get lost amongst all the crafty stash that (quote) 'might come in handy one day' (unquote) GET RID OF IT!!!!!!!!
So I decided that if I hadn't used it or noticed it over the past 6 months...........I DIDN'T NEED IT!
Now I know there is a difference between needing and wanting, but I slowly realised that I had to keep what I needed and discard (see what I did there? dis-card? lol) all that I didn't need... even if I thought I might need it!!!!!!!!!
Some of you will know I have a room that used to be my office, which I have turned into my craft room, and inside the room there is a walk-in cupboard........which, recently, I could not get into because of everything being everywhere. I don't have a before photo......when I pointed my camera at it it refused to work!!!!
You will just have to use your imagination................and I can assure you that you will never imagine the mess as bad as it was, so if you try.............then at least double the effort of messiness in your head!!
The down side of all of this is that I haven't been crafting .......OH NO!!! Panic stations............I might forget what to do with everything..........or maybe not!!
This is what my desk area now looks like and the large photo is on my computer screen of a card I made a while ago.
So that's my desk area..........this is it tidied, by the way..........if you had seen it before, well the spiders cobwebs were being sub-let!!!!!
If you swivel to the left, as you look at this desk you will see a wall at the end of which is my walk-in cupboard. Here it is all neat and tidy....ish!!
The cupboard is really quite deep and you can stand inside it before you get to the shelves. I removed the door and hung the net curtain to lighten up the space.
If you swivel round a bit more you see the opposite wall from my desk, and it now looks like this:
This is my new storage system of boxes and I'm really impressed with it. It's on wheels, and held together with a very sturdy top.
Here is a photo of it before I put anything into it:
So you see why I am so excited? I hope so.
Everything that I had stashed away in boxes and tins and in every nook and cranny is now in this unit.....it is so surprising how much it holds. From the bottom up there are 3 rows of 3 boxes each holding 9 litre of emptiness.........and now they are full. Bottom right is full of white paper, bottom middle is full of mixed odd paper and card, bottom left has a lot of die cutting stuff in it!! Across the middle from left to right.........CD's and projects I have never started yet e.g. books for altering etc (things I have never attempted!) In the middle is all different bits of patterned card and paper for matting or cutting, and the right one is full of part made cards and ideas. The next row up from left to right......the first box is full of ribbons, the middle one has loads of paper and card that is plain but partly used so ideal for matting and cutting. The next box is full of paper and card pads and freebies from magazines.
The next two rows are 4 litre in size. So the top row from left to right are.......the first box has all my stepper and shaped cards and templates, the second box is full of glittery paper and card and the third box is full of mirricard and mirripaper. The row beneath it from left to right: The first box hold my already to use cut out dies , the second box holds the safmat, greaseproof paper, acetate and any other special kinds of paper or card. The last box in that row has wedding things in it.
The tiny containers above hold all the little embellishments such as buttons, small flowers, die cuts, wooden items etc.......I am not going to go on abut what is in the boxes next to them..........maybe another time.
Today I cleared the drawers in the sideboard, which is against the opposite wall to the walk-in cupboard: As you can see the top still needs sorting as tdoes the pile next to it.........I have ordered some more useful boxes so that I can get rid of the unsightliness of the filing cabinet etc, so I'm looking forward to them arriving.
This is the window ledge, right next to my storage system, which desperately needs a clear-out and sorting............that will be one of the last jobs as I will change the net curtain when I get round to it, although I have inmind asking a friend to help as I can't get up there personally.
Opposite the filing cabinet etc is my lovely piano, which I have tried to sell, but so far to no avail! I really want to put up a work bench where it is sitting right now. The reason being is this:
This is where I work and make everything.....on a 12' x 12" board balanced on an open drawer!!!!! How crafty is that then???
Oh, I forgot, I also sorted the drawers out in the desk and they now hold everything glue, stickles, cuttlebug and such like!!!
So there you have it. That's what I've been doing for the past couple of weeks. Bearing in mind I have need of a walking stick to get around and have to raise my leg for periods of time to rest it............I think I've done a stirling job!!! SO FAR!!!!!!!!!!
There is more to do, but I'm taking a rest now for aday ro so and then I will get right back into it.
Thank you for visiting today, and remember, if anyone says the job is too big..........well, you eat an apple one bite at a time and that's what I've been doing......one bit at a time.
Love and hugs