Eight weeks have gone by since Go-Go Kim and I decided it was time to take back control of our craft rooms with an enormous Craft Room Overhaul. This experience has been humbling to say the least. I can’t believe just how much STUFF I had accumulated over the years! So much fabric, notions, and other random craft supplies. While it was tedious, exhausting and even tearful at times I’m so glad I went through each an every thing in this part of my basement. Many boxes were donated, other items will be for sale this fall at my orchard, and the garbage was finally thrown away! The look on my families face when I showed them the final reveal of my craft room was so worth all this WORK! The final walk through video is up on my TikTok account if you want to see it. Kim and I are also hoping to do a live reveal this afternoon so you can all ask questions! She’s got some crazy weather going through right now though so we’ll keep you posted on that plan.
I have pictures of six main before and after areas to share with you. This is just SOME of the work done. All of the cupboards, drawers, and hidden nooks have been sorted and reorganized as well. As always, I wish I would have taken more before pictures! Oh well! I’m sure you’ll still be able to tell the work that was done.
Area 1 was the the first section I tackled. This is most of my “non-quilting” craft supplies. It’s now properly organized and I kept the projects that our family might still actually do.
This is the before and after of my sewing area! You can see the sewing machines, the floor, the cutting area! I can safely walk through it all as well! I even gave the tables a good scrub to get the coffee spills and dust off.
My scrap section was quite the undertaking. I’m lucky to have daughters who will work for a small hourly wage and they helped me sort everything out by color. I added a few totes and broke some colors into more than one category – like lime green vs dark green and light blue, medium blue and dark blue. These shorter, wider totes I think are going to work even better since I’ll be able to see more surface area of the scraps and fabric won’t get buried as deep.
This area of my craft room was a complete disaster. I couldn’t even get back at some of my books and projects on the shelf. I really didn’t have a great set up. I ended up moving the rolling cart completely to a different area. Now I do still have one tote sitting there but I can access everything easily! I have fabrics that were too big for scraps but not big enough to wrap on boards in that tote. Every day that I come down to sew I have a personal goal to cut up those scraps into pre-determined sizes for me to make into quilts. I would have loved to get this done during the overhaul but sometimes you just have to admit you can only do so much.
This is the “newer” section of my craft room. It seems to keep getting bigger. I created much of this so I was able to give online zoom lectures and teach classes online. It also houses my fat quarter stash and wardrobe full of random non-quilting cotton fabric. Before I couldn’t even open the door to the wardrobe, now that wardrobe is accessible and organized. This set up just makes so much more sense!
The yardage reorganization didn’t seem all the necessary but it felt so good to just go through it all! I was able to weed out fabrics I was no longer in love with and donate to the local high school home education program. I also cleared out all those random totes that sat in front of the fabric so I couldn’t even really access my yellows.
I plan on highlighting more specific areas of my craft room overhaul on instagram next week so I can show you some methods, tips, and tricks that seemed to work for me. I could not have done this whole thing without the support of Go-Go Kim. Even though we live thousands of miles apart, we would would facetime video each other and just be there chatting with each other as we dove into our disasters. Of course we’ve also managed to collect a pile or two of goodies that we now need to send each other from the big sort but that’s just all part of the fun.
If you want to take a look back on the process be sure to check out blog posts below:
- Craft Room Overhaul
- Patterns & Books
- Fabric – Oh Scrap!
- Fabric – All that Yardage
- Fabric – Other
- The Finishing Touch
Don’t forget to follow along with us on social media so you can see what we’re up to on our Craft Room Overhaul journey’s!