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Preparing a Space to Create: Store Outside the Box

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I purged and sorted and repurposed and organized, and no matter how I looked at it there just wasn’t room. No more furniture could fit in my space. No more yarn could fit on my shelves. It looked like I would get stuck with yarn all over my floor forever and always.

About a year ago my grandparents bestowed their beautiful hardwood armoire on me. With no room in the bedroom, we had the movers put it in our living space downstairs until that magical day when I would make over the bedroom (dear reader, that day is so far out it isn’t even on the calendar yet).

Somewhere in between the organizing and purging I had the most brilliant idea. What if I made the armoire into my knitting station? My yarn wouldn’t be in my craft room, but it would be organized and easy to access in my living room, which is where I knit most among the time anyway.

By moving everything knitting in (books, patterns, tools, and fiber), this non-traditional craft cupboard is turning out to be the perfect solution to my yarn storage problems!

On a similar note, I moved all of my watercolor and calligraphy supplies into the desk in my bedroom where I have light from a North-facing window (I read that was good somewhere…) And my letter supplies into a small vanity table in our living room.

So my challenge to you this week is this: are there spaces in your home that you could use as non-traditional crafting zones? Don’t think that not having a craft room keeps you from getting spaces to create!

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3 Comments

  1. Debbi

    Beautiful <3 A few tricks I utilize….

    1) storage cube footstools throughout the house to easily hide away knitting or needlework projects away from visual notice, and also keep projects close by whenever I put my feet up.
    2) cloth drawstring or zippered project bags to hold works-in-progress and either 1) hang on a coat hook rack in an open area or 2) display in a decorative basket … again, keeping things close by yet contained.
    3) under-bed storage for sweater/blanket quantities of yarn
    4) rolling drawer carts that I can keep under my office/sewing desk when not in use, but roll to the chair or table I'm using to have all the notions together
    5) shoe organizers… I really like the ones that hang off a hanger instead so that I can use closet space. I use this for my spinning bobbins to prevent them from being crushed.

    1. admin

      Oh wow this list has some amazing ideas. I’m loving the rolled storage drawers and storage cube footstools…

  2. Jess

    What a lovely idea! I have my husband’s great grandmother’s antique sewing machine and I use it to hold my sewing notions. At this point, the machine needs a tune up but I can keep the lid closed and use my own machine on top, for now. I also have some kitchen conisters from his other grandmother that hold specific crafting supplies. They look so fun on the shelf (as they are antique), but are practical as well! I love seeing both in my crafting space!

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