There are lots of tell tale signs that you’re a crafter. Like when you find adhesive squares in your bed – and it’s no big deal. Or when you always have glitter specks on your face. Or when the transaction history on your credit card looks like this: Michael’s. Michael’s. Joanns. Container Store. Container Store. Joanns. Hobby Lobby. Container Store. Michael’s…you get the idea.
The last of these is true for me, especially since I started tackling Crib Meets Craft. If you’ve been following the #cribmeetscraft hashtag on Instagram, you’ve seen peeks of this process over the last few months. I’ve taken “nesting” to a whole new level which means I’ve spent lots of time organizing and labeling and neatly putting things in their perfect place. Hallelujah for my new best friends at The Container Store who helped me through every step of my Crib Meets Craft closet organization project.
With a baby on the way, I knew I had to tackle every nook and cranny of my craft space and make it functional for me and the little sugarbooger. This meant giving some much needed attention the sad, disaster of a closet that had long gone neglected. Before The Container Store swooped in to save the day, the closet looked like a rat’s nest. Like the inside of Oscar the Grouch’s trash can. Like the …well…how’s about I just show you.
If you have eyeballs, you can see what a joke this place was. Sort of like I released a pack of feral cats inside… then closed the doors…well maybe not that bad..but certainly not good. Not good at all. And certainly not functional. Here’s what wasn’t working for me:
1. See that folding door? It totally got in the way. With space at such a premium, that door was a big problem. Even when it was open, it took up about 4″ of space in the closet opening which meant I couldn’t fully open the plastic drawers inside.
2. The hanging bar was another problem. It was the perfect height for hanging clothing but when it came to storing boxes and supplies on the shelf portion, it was a little unstable.
3. Ugly boxes galore! This is what happens when you have too many supplies and too few places to store them. Things end up being stored in cardboard boxes and stashed wherever they’ll fit. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with cardboard boxes, but when you love pretty things the way I love pretty things …cardboard boxes are just not cool.
4. Stacks on stacks on stacks. This was probably the biggest problem. Here’s the thing: once you stack more than 2-3 boxes on top of each other, the configuration becomes pretty non-functional. If you need to grab a box, you have to move the other ones…and sometimes they topple over…and then you get annoyed…and then you avoid putting things back where they belong because it’s such a pain…so everything ends up in a huge mess.
5. Nowhere to store my props! If you’ve read the blog for a while, you know how much I love to style photos with seasonal props. Those props need a home and in this previous set up, their home was the floor. They often got in the way and made it impossible to close the door all the way. See the problem?!
6. On the other side of the closet is where I stored the baby stuff, including the world’s most adorable seersucker suit which I purchased at Macy’s for $6…but I digress. This closet bar was also a problem for baby clothes because it left a ton of empty space below.
7. Stacks of more boxes! Argh. See #4.
8. Too many baby toys jammed into too little space and waaaay too disorganized!
I established the problems…so the next step was to take all my measurements to The Container Store where the Elfa geniuses worked their magic and designed a way more awesome space that would work for all of my needs. It took about an hour to design the entire space, including the time they spent helping me decide on which storage drawers and boxes would be best. I was beyond impressed with the patience and knowledge of the staff at my local store. They thought of EVERYTHING and had a solution for every snag.
With the space designed, I had our friendly handyman remove the previous closet rod, patch the holes and paint the interior of the closet in a fun shade of blue.
The last phase was installation which was offered by The Container Store! Thank goodness…because Lord knows this pregnant lady had no business trying to tackle that task! They came over and installed all the shelving and drawers in the matter of 90 minutes. It was like watching magic happen.
Now for the fun part…the after!
The final closet space includes a varied collection of Elfa shelving and drawers that are functional for baby supplies as well as for crafting supplies. Let’s take the grand tour, shall we? (more…)