Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A really tidy workdesk on this Wednesday!

I mentioned that I had been cleaning my "play" room, craft room, studio, what ever you call it......it is the place I love to spend time.

A project that started on Thursday, ended on Monday with every drawer, shelf, box, file, nook and cranny sorted through.  I didn't do much furniture rearranging but I did do a lot of paper and fabric purging, sorting and reorganizing.

So, as you walk into the room this is what you see.....NOTHING on my work desk this Wednesday....a totally clean top!

IMG_1334I found the small storage unit, on the right, Saturday at a garage sale for $10.  It serves two wonderful purposes more desk top work space and more storage....yeah!

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On the opposite wall, I now have a table where I can keep my sewing machine set up!

My sewing machine/boat anchor is like me: it's old and it's heavy and it's built solid and it still works.

Now, that it is nice and handy,  maybe, I'll use it a little more.

 

 

IMG_1311 The bookcase with paper storage units on top!

IMG_1307This is the wall that connects the worktable wall to the sewing machine wall.

IMG_1305Sorted and labeled....cigar boxes hold many a treasure!

IMG_1306On the same shelf, an old metal parts chest with it's many small drawers.

IMG_1309To the right, shelves for baskets and notebooks full of photos and art, ribbon in clear boxes, rubber stamp storage and more.

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Same wall, on the left, is a tall storage cabinet....on the door I have a "skirt hanger" that I use for a drying rack.  It is where I hang pieces I'm working on to dry, now they are safe from the cat walking on them and I can't spill or splatter on them.

 

 

 

IMG_1312This is the fourth wall....you can see I, also, keep the ironing board in here and the clothes that need ironing....looks like I'd better do that next! 

IMG_1324Whoa!  This is one clean, organized desktop....remember it.....it will be a looooooooong time before you see this again!

IMG_1325  Some of my favorite paint colors and tools!

IMG_1328 IMG_1327I fancy myself as the queen of repurposing...thus muffin tin and lunch box storage!

Not to mention, rubber stamps served up on a silver platter......

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Hope you enjoyed my little tour....right now I just want to sit in there and admire my tidy area!  It won't last, it will be trashed again soon and I sure hope I can remember where I put everything, that's the problem with getting organized!

Another plus, taking the time to visit all those bits and pieces I've collected over time.  One does tend to forget what is stuffed away in those drawers.  Now, I've got some great ideas for projects to use some of those goodies.

Please come with me as I go off to visit work desks from all over the world on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday at Julia's Common Ground.

27 comments:

Julie said...

Oh, my...it is so beautiful right now!!! Most excellent...fit for a QOR (Queen Of Repurposing)!!! hehehe. Love that myself! Great job...I know you will just love to work in your new space! Have fun!!!

Hels Sheridan said...

I know that fab feeling when it is all tidy, neat, put away and clean... enjoy it :O)) and if you get bored, you can always hop on over to mine and sort out the Room of Stash for me lol Tis my Bloggy Birthday so there are some giveaways on my blog :O))

Sarah said...

what a fabulous place and looking even more lovely when it's so clean. Looks just brilliant and very inviting indeed. Great storage and up-cycling, please pop round to mine with your duster...
Thanks for sharing your space today!
Sarah (at 7)

jude said...

What a gorgeous wee craftroom you have .Welldone you for the reorganization it looks fab!and tidy.
Hope you get chance to stasrt using it and getting creative.Happy woyww
hugs judex6

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

How cool is this room, am ansolutely loving the metal drawers ...need them!
TFS

Happy Woywwing
Jennie #14

Twiglet said...

What a fab tidy work space AND I love to see a sewing machine out ready to go!!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You've got some great storage going there - my favourite is that metal parts chest of drawers. I LOVE units of little drawers, have always wanted an apothecary's chest. One day..... Have a great week :) xx

NatashaMay said...

You really organized everything well. And it took you a long time too. :) Better not mess it up again. :)

elle said...

Wonderful workroom. I've been doing a bit of tidying in mine as well. Too bad they can't seem to be kept that way but then you are right, we probably never find anything!!!

Ta Da! Crafts said...

Gorgeous work space!! That must have been some job getting it to look like this! Happy woyww! Mel #33

SueH said...

Well, you certainly did have a good old clear out didn’t you. I love seeing everything in its rightful place but that’s not something that happens very often here.

I love your solution to pussy cat paws. BoJangles is always adding his mark to my projects…..he says ‘it adds a special something to the project’ and that he’s only showing me his creative side, as if I believe him!

Happy Crafting!
Sue
X

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

ooooh I love storagey things and you have so many and an eye for a real bargain to. I love going through things it is not quite the same but I recently trawled my parents loft as they have been storing books up there for 15 years when I moved and couldn't take them with me. My dad said it was better than Christmas watching my face light up as I uncovered lost gems. I shall look forward to doing the same with my craft stuff one day too :)

Helen said...

What a gorgoeus room, I am very envious...

505whimsygirl said...

Oh my. LOVE your craft room!!! I want one of everything. I enjoy finding things at thrift stores and garage sales to re-purpose. Love your collection of cigar boxes. Wish I could get my hands on some!

That's it. I think I'll sell my bed and start sleeping on the sofa so I can make my bedroom my craft room!!!

505whimsygirl said...

Love your craft area. I would one of everything.... I Love the cigar boxes, have since I was a kid, and nope, I'm not a smoker!

That's it, I'm sleeping on my couch, selling my bed and making my bedroom into my craft room!!!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh your room looks lovely - it will still be nice when you start crafting and making it messy too! There must be something in the water as a few of us seem to be spring cleaning (albeit a bit late!) at the moment!

Dianne said...

great studio! enjoyed my visit...wish my space looked this good...

Fresh Linen said...

Jan, your studio looks great. A new art piece awaits I'm sure. Carol

Elizabeth said...

Ah, the pleasure to be had from a clear desk and everything sorted and organised. Love your cigar boxes - the labels are brilliant :) Forget the ironing, happy crafting :) Elizabeth x #50

Angie said...

So tidy and so organized ....love the cigar boxes

Neil said...

Thanks for the tour! I'm envious of some of your storage! Have a great day.

Julia Dunnit said...

Well I'm just going to sit and admire with you. It looks wonderful and I have to say, the cigar box storage is probably the best looking I've ever seen. Colour, text, uniform non-uniformity and storage all in one..love that! Even the ironing will be easier with this new ambience to work in!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well, well done, Jan. Didn't join this week because I had to be out the door early on Wednesday morning. But I love what you did with that room and that new side table/storage is AWESOME!!

Tertia said...

Its is great to clean and reorganise - I also found so many things that I had forgotten about! Only thing is, every muscle in my body ached - old age I think, and not used to working so hard. LOL
Your space looks really great!

teri said...

Wow, you are super tidy. What a great work space.

Halle said...

Awesome "playroom"! Love that term. My space is pretty ugly so I can't quite call it a "playroom"...I tend to call it my artzone. Hubby says it's where I do my "crafty crap". :)

Caatje said...

I'd be green with envy if I didn't have a great studio myself. Yours looks absolutely fabulous!