Monday, 27 September 2010

A place for everything......

I had a serious look at my workroom recently and decided it was time for a revamp. Since moving into the garage space was no longer too much of an issue for me, but storage most definitely was. Over the years I had been recycling my boys toy boxes, cramming them with crafting paraphernalia, piling them high in any corner that was available. Chests of drawers that were too small to cope with the increasing dimensions of their clothes were filled with my fabric stash.

But the drawers became so full that the bottoms began to break, and whatever I needed for a particular project was always in the box at the bottom of the pile. I forgot about half of what I had, being out of sight definitely was out of mind, and when I did go looking for anything my workspace ended up looking as if a hurricane had just hit.

So this week, after saving my pennies, and after much measuring and calculation, I took a trip to IKEA in search of suitable storage.

 

This was the start of my construction marathon. I have to point out that the drill was a gift from my husband a few years back. It might not be the most romantic offering but I like to think of it as his recognition of my ability and my independence (although the sceptic in me sees it as his way out of doing all the odd jobs!)By the end of the evening I had created an area that provided a more visible display with easier access, and I'd done it all by my little self. I was chuffed to the gutties.
   

Billy book cases used as open shelving that allows me to see what fabric I have. Plastic boxes and glass jars are used for greater visibility. Lightweight cardboard boxes offer high level storage that's not too heavy to lift.

My painting table and easel are to the front of the room, the window providing natural light. A tall Billy book case holds paints, pastels and canvases

Various fabric,used mainly for linings, folded and kept in drawers. This one holds 100% cottons. 


I can't say how long it will stay this tidy, probably only until I start my next bag( and I haven't taken a picture of my work table as it's still covered in the stuff I haven't found a home for yet)   but I'm happy with it for now. However, I'm always open to suggestions for improvements. 

7 comments:

veryberryhandmade said...

Please can I hire you to come and sort out my storage?! That looks fantastic. :D

Linnhe Mara said...

Thanks, but I only took photographs of the tidy bits :D

Eryl said...

If this was my space I'd be so tempted to put a bed and a coffee machine in it, then I'd never have to leave.

Any gift is romantic if given with consideration for the person's actual needs and desires. You've put it to damn good use, that's for sure.

Finally I must say a word about your painting table: want!

Linnhe Mara said...

Thanks Eryl, I'll be honest and say when the testosterone of teenage boys is running high I do tend to seek refuge here.

As to the painting table, he doesn't just build guitars you know : ) Just wait 'til he starts on the tank!

Eryl said...

The tank?!

Linnhe Mara said...

I'll let your man fill you in on that one : )

Emma Thomsen said...

Super tidy! I love it!

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