Organizing my craft closet.

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Just a little bitty update on what I have been doing on my mini blogging break. I have a lot of you bloggers to catch up with later. January is always a month of looking around and telling ourselves it is time to start a fresh year and I don’t know about all of you but January has always been a month of de-cluttering and donating. The first place I always start is my crafts. After the holidays with all the handmade we do and just how busy we all get with that part of our lives we don’t really keep up with keeping everything organized.

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Pulling items out of closets we use laundry baskets to sort through items. One for donation, one to keep, and one to throw away.

My craft closet may look organized from the surface but that is not the case. Things were getting put where ever it was convenient when we had so much to get done. Now looking everything over, I realized I needed to clean it all. I had art supplies all over the place and in places I normally wouldn’t know where to find them. It is so important to make sure every item when you are a crafter has a place to rest and be stored for the moments when not in use. Makes our lives so much more easier that way.

First I started with my yarns.

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Yarns are one of my most used item in my hobbies. It makes things so easy to seperate them by colors, that way I know what colors I need when making baskets and other colorful things I am always using yarn for.

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Once a year I also clean up my bulletin board.

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I rearrange and take some things down and add news items to the board. It looks like a beautiful mess full of clutter on my board but to me it represents art and how it is always changing all around us. How art and our lives never stay the same. This board has things from the past and things from the present, plus images and words to help motivate me for things in the future. It is my favorite spot in my little craft closet and also the only place I allow messy to live permanently in our home.

With some items like glue, scissors, paintbrushes etc…I have several items because sometimes I will volunteer teaching others or teaching classes in my garden. I haven’t done the classes for awhile but when I do these things I supply everything for the kids.

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Some children, like some of the kids up north that live out in the middle of nowhere on ranches don’t have access to arts and craft supplies or the classes that are available in the big cities. I keep these extra supplies always on hand for any events like that.

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Organizing my pens and pencils always takes a lot of time because I test each marker to make sure it still works. Every time I go through this part of my art supplies I always say to my husband “I think I might have a problem with pens and crayons” I have so many.

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My closet doesn’t look like the pretty images in the magazines because I tend to buy a lot of used items like baskets and tin containers to organize my items in. So it isn’t all matchy and trendy looking but it works for me.

I also use recycled food containers to store things in. One of my relatives always collects empty cookie containers and tin containers from her office. I just clean them up and remove their labels then use them for storage.

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I use painters tape to label everything so I know what is in each container that isn’t clear. I also use old wooden pails and buckets to store some of my art supplies in.

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The room where I have my little craft closet is also used as an office for my husband and I. In one corner where I store paper folders we have an old computer and giant black and white printer.

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And just in case we have company and we may need an extra bed for someone, we put a daybed in there. There isn’t a whole lot of room in this little room.

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Most of the time though the kids come in and watch their shows on the television I added one year that is up on the wall.

It is like a little she cave with colors everywhere.

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So that is what I have been trying to catch up on lately. Just organizing our lives. Getting rid of things, figuring out what the goals for the future are. I am a little concerned with what is going on out in the world but as always I try to keep my hopes up.

My son wanted to go to IKEA one day when he was off for Winter break so we all drove across town (pretty far away from where we live) and my son looked for a cabinet for his books. He still hasn’t decided. He has the one he made a year ago but he wants to add another one for extra storage. I figured I could also look for some items to organize in my office. I was looking forward to this shopping trip.

When we got there, I looked around IKEA and there were some strange items that I was not used to from the year before. We don’t go but maybe once or twice a year to visit this store. I always loved exploring their little rooms.

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Anyway, it made me a little uneasy. Not because I am against anyone who may like these items, it just seems to be what is mostly what is being pushed now days. No harm some may believe, but what is next, what is waiting around the corner to be suggested to our next generation of consumers to desensitize and influence our lives that may be just a little bit more extreme. Because that is what I fear the most.

Will the future show shocking images that older generations from the past will react to but not for the kids growing up in the future. The hate, the violence, the scary images that will just become normal everyday images and art we have in our future homes. That is a very frightening thought.

What about the people who are not part of these trends, will they be made to feel horrible because of their differences?. Judging others can go both ways, from one side to the next. Will the ones that don’t follow these trends be looked upon with hate because they don’t want to follow the trends?.

I know someone who sneers at anyone that doesn’t fit their image of pretty and rich , only behind their backs though. This person is very good at their deceptive and insecure ways. I of course blame it on social media, so much pressure to be perfect, so I try to understand that in this distant family member of mine and hope she comes around to eventually realize what truly is important in life and that is that people are what are important not things. Anyway, here are some trendy new items I came across while out shopping.

A globe painted all black with no countries on it.

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Frames within frames surrounded by black walls and one main frame of just an eye in the middle of it all.There was a whole wall dedicated to that one little frame with an eye in it.

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Lots of black rooms with red and black colors.

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I have this pillow design. If you scroll up you will notice it on my office daybed. I bought my pillows years ago though. They have now added a goat and not a cute little sweet fuzzy smiling goat either.

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I remember huge pieces of art with flowers and images of rivers and trees, even beautiful sunsets on beaches. This is the art displayed for purchase this year. Again, are the people who are not into this going to be accused of being something they are not just because they don’t like that style?. People will start being afraid of sharing those beautiful differences in us because they will be afraid of standing out. I guess this is my way of not remaining silent anymore, we are all being led to think the same way and anyone who doesn’t will be attacked plus hated and that is very wrong.

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These new room displays reminded me of shows I loved watching as a child…the Adams family and the Munsters. Anyway, we went shopping for my son since he loves their shelving units and I also loved the store too, so fun to shop there but this time I did not like some of the new items coming out. I guess I need to get out more, been hanging out in nature too much with the tv turned off. They also had some beautiful kitchens and other rooms that were their old style that I remember from years ago. I liked seeing that still around.

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When I walk into a home I do not like to see body parts as art, cold images of dread, or just no warmth…and I don’t care what movie star promotes that style. Maybe someone should make puppies for home decor as a trend. That would be interesting to make that start trending as art, all animals make people smile…don’t they?. Or what about cupcakes and cookies as art, or even millions of flowers?. Imagine all those colors on a wall. Guess I am a hippy at heart.

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I will stick with my plain and simple little things that make me smile. Okay, so this is getting somewhere I guess, guess my point is, is that I as always, I’m working on organizing my life this January and IKEA with all that it is (or was) is the perfect place for organizing tips. We grabbed some items which included a drawer organizer, some shelf risers, and a rug weaving kit.

And later, just for fun, I think I may try to make something like this for my craft office window, in place of a curtain. I thought it was kind of neat and reminds me of the 70’s and 80’s when I was a kid. Yep, I’m old but not really because I will always remain young at heart.

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Hope you all are getting your lives in order and organized as well. That this year of 2020 brings you many happy days and memories. Happy decluttering everyone. Now I am off to figure out how to organize my thread drawer.

I am not getting anything for promoting or not promoting IKEA (however way you take this post because I am kind of in the middle with my opinions), I just like shopping there and eating in their little cafes. It’s just a once a year kind of shopping trip my family and I do. We also sit together and have a breakfast at the store. I love their pancakes and berries jam. The best part of our yearly shopping trip is the time we spend together, even if we all have different styles (mine being thrift store chic) we understand and love those differences about ourselves and always will. So be happy being YOU and never allow anyone to EVER change that.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    It’s funny, I have been doing the same things. Cleaning, organizing, decluttering. I haven’t gotten to my craft supplies yet, they are all over the place. You gave me a great idea though. I have a bunch of pens on my desk and needed something to put them in. I’m going to use the pretty can I got coffee in as a xmas gift so thanks. Love your craft closet by the way.

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    1. Sometimes I will take a break and get online to see what all of you are up to but mostly our home is a bit of a mess right now. It feels good though to clean and simplify things in my life. Like a new house when we clear out things we have stored over the year. I bet that coffee can will be perfect for your pens. I know you will make it pretty too. I save cans here too and sometimes I decorate them with yarns and twine to make them a little pretty. You can even paint them too, so many ways to use what we have to organize things with.

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  2. Liz says:

    Near end of December to beginning of January, or near the start of autumn is where I find I may declutter, if I feel there is a need to.

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    1. It helps clear our lives up some when we do. I love those little fairy lites you posted about one time so if you do declutter keep those. Little lights all around always cheer me up. I have fairy lights in my kitchen area right now.

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      1. Liz says:

        Those fairy lights have unfortunately gone with battery compartment not very good, otherwise I would still have them.
        Only fairy lights I have now are my blue ones that normally go on my Christmas tree.

        I still have my peg lights. Those will probably go back up in bedroom, when painted.

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      2. They will look so pretty, I’m sure of it.

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      3. Liz says:

        My blue ones have a lot more lights on them. I can’t remember off top of my head, but I am guessing 100 or 200 mark, so would be too many for shelving that I had on before. I was thinking on the wall. But not sure.

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      4. I love little lights on all the time and think they always make a place seem a little more cheerful in a way. Like there is always a party waiting to happen.

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      5. Liz says:

        Yes, I think they are cheerful too.

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  3. Sheree says:

    I have a craft box rather than cupboard and it’s both colour-coded and neat, largely because crafts aren’t my thing.

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    1. When I was a little girl I kept my craft supplies in a little cardboard shoe box. Color coding everything makes things easy to find too, plus it looks so pretty that way.

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  4. JOY journal says:

    So pretty! I have thread on wooden spools, too! I don’t know why, but it’s so much stronger and more richly colored than the new stuff, which breaks far too often.

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    1. Thank you and you are so right about old thread being better. When ever I am at estate sales, thrift shops and church sales I am always looking for old thread. It is a lot stronger and the colors are prettier. So sad how greedy some suppliers have become to make products fall apart so we have to keep replacing them, which in turn keeps us spending more and more money while they keep getting richer and richer all while polluting the planet. There are still good companies out there but we all have to work harder now to find them.

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  5. ruthsoaper says:

    Organizing my craft supplies is on my to do list I just haven’t been motivated to do it yet. Hopefully before spring. LOL.

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    1. It is such a hard section to organize too because of all the little items involved with crafts.

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  6. Doesn’t it feel so good to organize your craft closet! Good job and keep up the good work!

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    1. Yes it does and thank you. I still haven’t gotten around to the thread drawer yet. I am taking a break for a couple of days.

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  7. Thanks for posting and sharing this. I love all of the pictures that you take. It feels wonderful to organize and you have inspired me! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, thought it would be fun to inspire others with organizing tips. At first it can seem impossible but step by step it feels better making our lives more organized.

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  8. Those decorations freaked me out to be honest. They seem really depressing. Not my thing at all. I’m more like you. Your craft room reminds me of my aunt when I was growing up. She did quilting but also various crafts – some of the neatest things. She had so many craft supplies in various containers in her house. I wonder what happened to it all
    when her family finally put her in a home, which was so sad to us all. They all seemed too busy to care for her but maybe her health problems were worse than the rest of the family realized. She kept up with the crafts for awhile in the home at least. She was 86 or so when she passed away and we still have many of the items she made. I wish I had enjoyed her talent more and asked her more questions when I was younger. Why do we always realize when we are older that it would have been nice to have known more about our elders before they are gone?

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    1. I know, I do the same thing. I wish I would have asked more questions from those relatives of mine that have passed on. So glad I have one of my followers who also agrees with the decor being a little sad from this post. The decor is changing in the stores and some of these things they are pushing as decorative could lead to darker decor. Prisons are always grey and sad, most institutions are usually grey and plain, and most apartments in poorer neighborhoods are grey and have no happiness. I heard somewhere that grey is the color you paint to keep renters feeling hopeless so they stay put and become permanent tenants. The psychology of grey is what they should call it. Grey is also a popular color right now too. Driving around this huge city I am seeing beautiful homes being painted grey all over the place. When I see all the grey I think of that painter years ago saying some landlords paint their apartments grey to keep tenants there hopeless. I bet I would have loved hanging out with your aunt.

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      1. That’s a depressing thought about gray but I know colors do effect people in different ways and I can absolutely see landlords doing that. It’s depressing to think our society is becoming so negative they are now painting their houses gray. I think I’m going to paint my next house purple 🙂 There is a house near us that is purple. Everyone uses it as a landmark: “The library is right by the bright purple Victorian house.” I guess it is more lilac, really.

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      2. When ever I watch travel shows, I love seeing houses by the blue sea in bright cheerful colors. Even in Indian slum areas they decorate their homes in beautiful bright colors. Everyone seems so much more happier when there are cheerful colors around them.

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  9. It was perfect the first time. This is very really unique helpful information. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up.

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  10. Holly says:

    Oh my friend, I loved this post so much. You are 100% right. Not everyone subscribes to this notion of needing to have certain things, look a certain way or think like them to be accepted. You and I very much see eye to eye. It saddens me deeply to think about the desensitization taking place. The shock factor is disappearing it seems for most anything! Hubby and I were talking about this the other day. It’s one little step at a time. Call me crazy, but I feel like people are sleep walking through life! Every ad people are fed just get consumed as if it’s “normal.” To me, it is offensive, not normal. I get that most people don’t agree with me, but dang! Why is it okay to make money off of making people feel not good enough?!? When did that become acceptable practice? (sigh) I think you and I would have some fascinating conversations! 😀

    I adore your craft space. More importantly, I adore what you create in there. Speaking of crafts, I mentioned you in my latest post for this very reason: https://catcaresolutions.com/cat-crafts-for-adults/

    My friend, I say keep that beautiful smile, pure heart and keep praying that those who are numb to the lies of today to wake up and stand up for change. I stand tall with you, locked arms, believing for better days ahead!

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    1. Thank you Holly, just acknowledging that you see it as well is comfort enough. Sometimes I will look at my husband and ask him :Hey, are you seeing this?'” and he answers yes. There are actually a lot of us out there, it is just a scary subject to bring up. People get attacked now for anything they say. We need to be brave and speak truths, no matter how ugly they may be…truths set us all free.
      Then there are our children, the majority of young kids now days are not being raised to spread kindness and love, to have empathy. They are being raised by social media and that is just teaching narcissism and arrogance. Or they are being raised in a way to make them feel entitled. When we spoil the ones we love rotten, it only cripples them in the end because they grow up and become bitter when the world does not treat them or spoil them the same way they were brought up.
      I need to check out your post. Thank you so much for the mention and I so happy you like my little craft closet, it is a fun little spot. Stay the kind person you are, spread that kindness with others and you and your family stay safe out there.

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    2. Just saw your post, thank you again for the mention, you are always so kind thinking about others. I love that cat post too. I have a few favorite. The basket bed, the crochet hoodie (I can’t crochet though) and the cat cans and magnets. I did a cat craft once. I made little cat treat baskets, then filled them with candy. https://ourlittleredhouseblog.com/2019/10/23/diy-cat-baskets-for-halloween-treats/

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  11. annadusseau says:

    Love it! I need to do this.

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    1. Thank you, it keeps all my craft projects stress free when I know where everything is. I am working on a sewing corner now, but that is in the other room.

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      1. annadusseau says:

        Looking forward to reading about that. I’m so impressed. My kids are extremely crafty but it doesn’t come naturally to me.

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