Craft Room Make Over
My craft room is my happy place. It’s where I create, work, scream out frustrations, and (hopefully) inspire. I love having a place that is designated to be my office. Since I work from home, it’s hard to keep the two separate, and when you love what you do, you don’t always want to keep work separate from home.
However, I think it’s important to be able to stop working and just live every once in a while. That’s why it was so important to me to find a place to live that had a room I could call my office, and it was just that, an office. I didn’t want a guest bed in it, and I didn’t want the cat’s litter box (ummm gross!).
So, when I did find a place that allowed me to have my own space, I had a big task ahead of me. I’m sharing that task with you today because I learned so much from it. Plus, I found awesome supplies that I didn’t know I had to have.
Craft Room Before & After
Before we can get to the awesome reveal, we have to start somewhere, and I started with a mess. When I started looking at the task ahead of me, I realized a few things:
The craft room needed to, first, be a place I’d love to be in. Second, it had to be functional and organized. Lastly, it all had to match (including the trash can).
I’d been living abroad for 3 years, not crafting, doing only digital. This meant, I had really no idea where most of my craft supplies were, what I had kept, and what condition they’d be in. Everything I owned had been in a barn for three years. Nevertheless, to my surprise (and my parents’ burden), I kept mostly everything! This was great, but also over whelming.
After a week of doing nothing but organizing, labeling, sorting, and decorating, I created my space. I love the way it turned out too. Spending a week going through all my supplies, decor, and products, I was able to really organize it and make it perfect. I searched long and hard for the perfect organizational tools and, furniture, etc to be sure I had what I need (and that it matched too!). It was a lot of work, but totally worth it.
The Final Product
Once I finished, I knew I needed to have someone come in and photograph it (and me). I had no professional photos done in a long time. The last ones that I had I looked very different in (I tend to change my hair a lot). Thus, I had the very talented Emily of Emily Anne Photography come in and catch my in my natural habitat. She did an amazing job and I’m so excited to share these photos with you.
Through all this organizing, I found 10 must have tools that really helped bring it all together and keep me sane. I’m sharing those 10 items with you now. These are the things I could not make it through a work day without.
Finally, since you know I share free stuff with every post, I’m also giving away free motivational signs. So, whether you’re a creator, designer, blogger, mom, dad, accountant, teacher, or rocket scientist, I hope they give you a little inspiration. Download them over on the Journey Junkies page, per usual, or sign up here, if you’re not a member.
Without further ado, here’s those tools I’ve been bragging about. Before you go, let me know in the comments your favorite craft supplies.
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10 Items Every Craft Room Must Have
First up is baskets. It’s amazing having a place to toss things that have no place. Plus, there are so many cute ones out there and it looks so much better having things in pretty baskets rather than just sitting around. You can find heaps of options for these on Amazon, like the ones below.
Next up is my desk. I love, love, love it. It folds up, rolls, and has lines for measuring. Technically it’s a quilting table, and I don’t quilt, but the table doesn’t seem to mind.
3. Cork Boards
Another must have is my giant cork boards. I use them for inspiration, ideas, and organizing open orders. I painted them white to go with the rest of the room. There’s also so many shapes and sizes you can find on Amazon, it’s great.
4. Post-its by the Door
This is one of the smartest ideas I’ve had (if I do say so myself). I used double-sided tape to put a small post-it pad by the light switch. That way, when I think of a supply I need, I can write it down on the note pad. Then, when I leave, I simply grab the post-it with my list.
5. Whiteboard Calendar
Again, another must have for me is a calendar to keep track of orders and life. I love white board ones because I’m constantly needing to change what needs to be done and on what day. Framed ones are great because they’re ready to hang, like the one below.
6. Door Organizer
A great thing about having a room completely dedicated to my office is having a closet as well. That also means I have another door too and I can hang an organizational item on the inside, which is a life saver.
7. Chalkboard Labels
Next up is these awesome chalkboard labels. They’re removable so you can change your mind on where to put them as well as what to put on them. You can find the ones shown above on amazon with the link below.
8. Clear Cases
An item I’ve actually had for a while is are these clear cases. I use them for my stamps, but they have so many uses. I love that I can see all of my stamps at once. They also come in so many shapes and sizes, you’re sure to find ones that work for you. Check out these on Amazon below to get started.
Another item I’ve had for a while is these cubes. I don’t know why craft room items all tend to be square, but it works and I love that they are stackable. They’re a bit old and therefore a little beat up and so I keep them in closet.
10. Tool Organizer
Lastly, I needed a place to organize some tools, such as scissors, pliers, a hammer, a measuring tape, etc. I wanted it to be at my fingertips, so I re-purposed this jewelry display I found on Etsy a few years back into a crafts supply. It does the trick. You can find a similar one below, it’s essentially a painted tool board.
Free stuff is the best, isn’t it? Don’t forget to download those frees signs over on the Journey Junkies page (or here’s the link again to sign up in case you missed it). Print them, frame them, and love them, just don’t sell them (that’s stealing!). Also, let me know in the comments what your go-to craft supply is, organizational, or otherwise. I love to find new toys!
Hi, I’m Jamie, and I have two great loves: creating and traveling. I’m a blogger, designer, photographer who would love to help you enjoy life’s special moments or, what I like to call life’s “journeys”. From parties to vacations, I’m here to make them beautiful and easy. I provide the tools you need to plan, celebrate, and remember, without all the hassle. Contact me for custom orders and collaborations. When I’m not creating or traveling, you’ll find me at a yoga studio or with my nose in a book and cat on my lap. Read more about me!