Cleaning & Craftsy

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I’m in the midst of a major studio reorganization and thought I’d pop in to share a few photos. If you’d like to see more, please follow me on Instagram as I’m sharing a bit each day over there.

Marjie Kemper studio makeover craft room makeover

This photo is from January 2015. Since then I’ve added a table and two storage units to the room, which resulted in some serious crowding. It was hard to decide where to start, as I thought I’d already exhausted all the possible  furniture arrangements.

But I found a new set-up that is going to be wonderful!  It did require removal of a few pieces, and lots of rearranging — which I am still knee-deep in the middle of — but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Marjie Kemper 3 studio makeover craft room makeover

I started by gathering all my loose patterned paper. Those racks had been positioned on a small table in the adjacent room (office) and honestly… that was prime real estate for something I only use 10% of the time.  I’m much more likely to make my own patterned paper.  I hesitated to share this photo, but the truth is in the telling.

Marjie Kemper studio makeover craft room makeover

This behemoth file cabinet came from a friend who had an online scrapbook store that went out of business several years ago.  It is a beast… weighs a ton… but holds so much!  The top two drawers were full of (even more) patterned paper by brand, and the bottom was all black & white card stock.  It has been relocated to the basement, which allowed me to reorient the desk and other furniture in this room, too.

Marjie Kemper studio makeover craft room makeover stencil organization

I’ve tried so many methods of stencil organization… binders, boxes, baskets, bins, bags, drawers, etc. but nothing has worked better for me than a spinning rack like this Clip & Spin Organizer.  The stencils attach with metal hooks that stay on the round metal bars so it’s very easy to put it right back (in theory!) when you’re finished.

This process will take a lot of time and I’ll post a progress update next week.  In the meantime, I want to be sure you know Craftsy is having a huge sale – EVERY CLASS is HALF OFF this weekend, from now through Monday.

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  1. I love looking at your studio photos, Marjie! Each time I see your 2015 photo, I see something new and come away with a storage tip–like how you store your tag blanks! Genius, I say! hehe

  2. Looking good. Storage is always a premium and you are making the most of yours. Happy Easter. Xox

  3. Oh I love seeing how people organise their crafty spaces and I am really looking forward to seeing how yours progresses. I am so glad that you keep some things in other rooms, it makes me feel less guilty about doing it – lol! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. I am enjoying your reorganization – gives me hope that the totes I step over will disappear from my craft space!

  5. Always love to see people’s reorg ideas!!!!

  6. Oh Marjie, I found this really interesting, and it also made me feel a lot better….. I thought I was a terrible hoarder of paper, – it’s good to know I am not the only one….. I just did a major clear out and re- organisation too. I had many moments of despair, threw sacks full of stuff out, but I persevered and I can tell you, it feels so good when you are done. Wishing you all the best for the next stages and I look forward to further photos!