I have been talking about wanting to do something in this laundry/craft room of mine forever…. seriously since we moved in I have hated this room. First of all it is hideous!! I am very curious if the woman that owned this house before us had friends. Who on Earth would tell anyone that this green sponge paint and beach seashell themed wallpaper border was a good plan?!?! Man is it hideous! Let’s not forget that I said it is also a laundry room. I DESPISE laundry so hanging out with it while doing my favorite stuff just doesn’t work. The room is pretty small, I’m not sure of the square footage but I promise I’ll include it when I post my after pictures. So here is what I am currently working with. Don't judge me by my messiness :)
Ok so here is the walk in view
Inside the closet; completely wasted space. I am thinking top to bottom shelves in here
top of closet; totally full, no idea what is up there. all that wasted space in the middle and on either side of the tupperware.
Unfortunately to top of this waste of space of a closet the desk I have in this room is too big...or the room is too small. I can't fix the room so the desk will have to go. At this point it is shoved up against the door of the closet, if I need in the closet I have to move it (and it is solid wood and metal) wiggle in/out and then shove it back so I can get in the yarn closet that I use much more often!
Here is the yarn closest. This is about the only organization I have going on. It's really not too bad and is even broken down by yarn weight. My complaint, it's 2 rows deep so I can't easily see what is on the back row without taking out all of the yarn in the front.
top of yarn closet; the clear plastic things are great because I can see what is in them, pull them down use them, pop the top back on and put them back up there. The diaper boxes are supplies I rarely use so even they aren't too bad...just tacky to look at.
Just in case you didn't notice the lovely paint and trim :)
The 4 drawer tupperware is mostly fabric and 2 of the drawers have stamps, scrapbook stuff and random stuff in there. The drawers are so heavy they squish the ones below and make it really hard to open, not to mention you have to dig a foot deep to try to find something you think you put in there a year ago ;)
Umm yes, I am a pig. Do I need 4+ bottles of soap? Especially when all but 1 are empty!!! My final part in this room would be to install a cupboard on each side of the window.
My plan is to remove the drawers under the washer and dryer and set them on the floor. My husband I am sure is irritated; I sort of threw a little fit when we bought them. He thought they were a waste but I swore that I NEEDED them. They were $200 a piece and oh yeah...they don't fit any normal size soap bottles!!! What a freaking waste! Don't tell my husbang I admitted he was right though! Now they are very expensive yarn holders. Dropping the W&D to the floor I can install a countertop over them and that gives me a work space that is approximately 31" deep and 80" wide!!! I will have to sit in between the W&D but this seriously is the best use of space I can think of.
When things are all put away it really isn’t as AWFUL as I make it out to be. As long as I keep everything organized, only work on 1 thing at a time (nearly impossible for me) and put stuff away it’s ok. I don’t want ok though! I want a lady cave! Somewhere beautiful and inspirational, most importantly I need to make it user friendly. I don’t want to have to dig through layers of stuff or move a row of yarn to see what is behind it. I need space in there to create and work. As my business has grown I also find that I need a better plan for organizing my paperwork/business side of things.
So the desk will for sure be out leaving that back wall for some storage space. Unfortunately there is a door on the wall to the garage. I am guessing it's a fire safety thing so I guess it has to stay. I am looking at a few options for storage.
and the afters! Not too sure about the cats and litter box (yuck) but she seriously used every inch of space!
No more pity party for me and my "small" space after seeing this!
My original plan was to move the yarn closet out and use it for something else. Now I am wondering if I just need another one? Jeez I am so not good at this! I guess it boils down to the fact that I love crafting in the dining room out with the family but now that Sawyer can and does climb onto the kitchen table nothing is safe! Oh and my husband gets insanely irritated with my messes work spread all over the place. Soooooo after pushing him too far with one too many projects left out for too long he had a mini ultimatum to figure something better out. Here is my little plan so far! I’d love some feedback or links to your favorite images of craft rooms. Unfortunately I can’t just run out and buy everything I need to get it done today so it will be a work in progress but am hoping it’s done sooner than later!
I guess the first step is getting off this machine and finishing Karly's room so I can start on the next project!