Today’s guest post comes to you from Kelsey Sapp of Poofy Cheeks.
Kelsey lives in Central Florida with her husband, three kids and another baby on the way. She started creating things from a young age, took numerous art classes and pursed a degree in graphic and web design. Now Kelsey works from home writing her blog, Poofy Cheeks, and running her online shop. She spends most of her day working and creating in her craft space.
Get ready to be inspired!
My craft room is actually our formal dining room but living in a three bedroom house with a fourth baby on the way meant I wouldn’t be able to have a private room with a door I could shut behind me. We aren’t really formal dining type of people so I convinced my husband to let me turn the room into my craft area. At times things can get messy since this space also doubles as my shipping and packing station for my online shop, but over the last few months I have acquired our entryway closet to organize things into as well (that is another post for another day).
My Budget: When I decorated my space I already had the two desks and the trunk. My dad and I built the sawhorse desk a few years back (for around $100) and had to cut about a foot off of it to fit in our new house. The other desk came with a bedroom set my husband and I purchased when we moved into our first apartment together and the trunk I purchased when I first moved out on my own. My overall budget for putting this space together, not counting the desks and trunk, was around $100 which I spent on supply organization solutions.
How I Keep Things Organized: To keep things organized I tried to think outside the box and made two floating mason jar storage shelves – they hold a good portion of the hair ties I sell in my shop. They were the biggest splurge in my space but also make the biggest impact – total cost for both shelves was around $50. For my fabric and thread stash I use a flower pot hanger with a thrifted hanging fruit basket. I use the trunk under the sawhorse desk to keep a lot of my shipping and packaging supplies along with my stamps, ink, and elastic. The other lifesaving organization piece is the pegboard – I use the one above the desk to keep necklaces, headbands and pre-packaged hair tie sets so that when I sell them I can easily and quickly package them for shipping.
My Storage Style: I like to organize things once and after I designate a spot for something that becomes its home. For the past two years my craft room has looked basically the exact same. Every now and then I pick up something new or a supply outgrows its ‘home’ but I find if I move things around too much I forget where I put them!
Greatest Challenge: With my craft room being in the actual dining room you can look right into my craft area from the living room. My husband and I agreed that the room needed to have minimal supplies and needed to stay organized (because I have been known to get a little messy with my crafts). First I went through a huge craft supply purge and then I came up with classy yet cheap ways to organize my space. My goal was to decorate the room to blend with the rest of the house but there are still days when my desk space is scattered with supplies and I am rushing to get it clean again before my husband gets home from work.
Things to Improve: I wish I could come up with a way to store my bigger projects such as wreaths and wall art while I am still working on them. When I get started on those projects I feel like I don’t have enough room and they are scattered around for a while taking up valuable space (making the house look a little unorganized too).
Well, what do you think? I love, love that sawhorse desk! So cute. Make sure to visit Kelsey at Poofy Cheeks.