Monday, August 15, 2011

Reclaiming the Craft Room

In preparation for our little one, we have been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing recently.  I can tend to be a bit messy and a bit of a pack rat, so I have been attempting to declutter as I clean.  It has been a lengthy process, going through every scrap of paper in every folder and drawer, but in the end it will be so worth it. 

To fuel this cleaning frenzy on Saturday I armed myself with a wonderful smoothie of 2 cups of spinach, 1/2 cup not fat greek yogurt, 1 1/2 cups of mixed blackberries, raspberries and cranberries, and 3/4 cup dark sweet cherries.  All of that toped with a dollup of light whipped cream.  The spinach is especially important because ever since I got pregnant a lot of vegetables taste funny to me and I have been having to find clever ways to hide them in things.  It really did help me power through the morning and end up with these fantastic results.
This (slightly backlit) picture is my craft table.  It sits on one end of the room right in front of that large window so I can open the blinds for natural light when I want it.  The basket in the center is finished knits waiting on photographing and tagging.  A mere fraction of my yarn stash sits in the basket to the left and my ball winder and swift occupy the left side of the table.
I love this cube storage shelf.  I got it at Target a few years ago, but it really helps keep my little knitting and crafting supplies organized.  One cube is all beads and stitch marker supplies, one is all sewing, one is all knitting notions, one is get the idea.  The basket on top is small works in progress and all three jars to the left are knitting needles in various lengths and sizes.
Just down from the cube storage is my large old teachers desk.  It is such an awesome desk, I can't tell you how much I love it, but its super large surface does lend itself to clutter.  It has 6 drawers, which are always full, and two additional pull-out work surfaces, so you can get very in to whatever you are doing and pretty much surround yourself.  I have a large comfy desk chair to sit in when I use it because often times when I sit down there I don't get up for hours at a time. 

I admit that until this massive cleaning binge, all three of the surface above were heaped with mounds of different things pretty much all the time.  I love that I have them all clean again and it inspires me to want to sit down and work on things.  Soon I will start posting about all the knitting I have been doing because when I haven't been cleaning I have been throwing myself in to prep for Indie Emporium with gusto!

1 comment:

Amanda K said...

Fabulous! I'm so jealous of all your space! I've been inspired to do some cleaning and organizing lately. I almost want to take a couple of days off from work to do it, because weekends get so busy with other things! (fun things, but also routine housey things, like laundry, that have to be done, but don't help with the organizing issues.)