I spent New Year’s Week completely redoing my studio. I threw out bags and bags of stuff, handily carried downstairs by Adam and my visiting brother-in-law Thomas. I moved furniture. I made several trips to Michaels to take advantage of their 50% off sale on craft storage. I’m really not kidding, this was my cart on one trip:

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The result is a decluttered space that’s…still full of stuff. All my crafty pursuits finally organized just the way I want them. A place for everything and everything in its place, yada yada yada.

So here are some before and after photos of my shiny new workspace.

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This photo above was the before view when you walked in the door. Compare it to that magnificent view at the top! I seriously love this new and improved space.

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My project boxes look so much less claustrophobic now.studio 2016 4

My Cricut has moved to these shelves, and I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas. I had to make a space for the Cameo, which was part of the reason for the rearranging.

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But mostly I just couldn’t think in the space before. This was what the desk used to look like.

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This is the desk now:

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I was able to put my Bernina and my little embroidery machine out on the sewing table, both ready to go. The embroidery machine used to live in storage, so I had to take it out and hook it up whenever I wanted to use it. 

Michaels had such great storage options, like this spinning desk caddy.

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The shelf above my desk now has storage for planners and markers. studio 2016 12

Wall-mounted little bins for all the junk that clutters stuff up everywhere. studio 2016 13

A special bin for my planners! I feel like this will only get stuffed with more planners as time goes on, I’m a little hooked. studio 2016 16

I needed some sealed bins for things like safety pins and pushpins, because the three-year-old kept getting into the bowls I kept them in. studio 2016 17

My orange wall, before. studio 2016 32

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And my orange wall now. studio 2016 3


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I lowered my books off the highest shelf so that I could actually reach them, for a change. studio 2016 7

Hannah’s easel next to mine.

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My yarn closet, all tidied.

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And with neat and tidy orange bins on the left inside wall!

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Even all of my drawers are tidy! This one is my drawer of planner supplies.

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It took a full week to declutter and organize and run back and forth getting bins and storage. But I am just in love with the space now. I can think! I can work without moving one pile of clutter over to another pile of clutter! This was a great project to start the year. It was like a crafty exorcism.

And the child approves, too.

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