Organized Art Therapy
I had the honor and the privilege to help design, set up and organize two art therapy rooms for a Denver metro non-profit organization that helps children ages 4 to 18. The work this group does is amazing and I wanted to help them get ready for their new class of kids. One room needed a complete solution to organize all of their art supplies and a place to store finished masterpieces. We turned to elfa from The Container Store to create a customized space with loads of drawers and shelves to hold all the various supplies. As you can see by the paints, markers and ribbons piled high on the table, we also needed to find a way to keep everything contained, but easy for the kids to grab, use and share. The other room already had wonderful built-in cupboards and cabinets, but again, all of the supplies needed organized and contained. We added roll-outs to the shelves in the lower cabinets so things don’t get lost in the back. We also found clear bins to hold everything from googly eyes to glitter and glue so it’s easy for the therapists and kids to grab what they need. Hopefully both of these rooms help this amazing organization provide the help all their kids need to heal.
Basement Craft Room Clean Up
While this basement craft room has loads of space, the way my client was storing her supplies made things hard to see and access. We first tossed or donated everything she no longer needed. She had lots of bins and shelf space so we were able to re-purpose all of it. We categorized all of her product and put everything into clear bins with labels and into their own sections in the shelving unit. We cleared under, behind and the top of her table to give her a wonderful work space. She says she now loves coming into her craft area to create her masterpieces.
SOS Creates a Craft Room
When this Parker woman called to tell me she wanted to create her dream craft room, I was all in. This was such a fun project! Her grand kids don’t sleep over as much now that they are older, so she said it was time to let go and create a space where she could have all of her craft supplies in one place. After walking me through her home to show me all of the different kinds of craft materials she wanted to move into this room, I was able to design a space that would hold everything and give her a great work surface. We turned to elfa from The Container Store and re-purposed some existing drawer units, shelves and a dresser to create a space where she can see everything she has. Everything is categorized and labeled. We even added some stick-on lights to give her extra lighting while working on her wonderful projects.
When I see a room like this, my first thought is “This is going to be fun!” And it was. We divided the space to make it a combo craft room and closet. We used elfa from The Container Store to make the space more functional. She already had two desks so we only needed to add some shelving to give her more storage space. It’s hard to believe that all the stuff you see in the “before” photo fit onto those desks and shelves. But once everything was categorized and put into containers, it seemed to shrink to fill the space. 🙂 Now she has a lovely and organized craft area.
Sensational Sewing Room
It’s not often that I get to work with a blank slate so I was excited when I got the call from a woman in Broomfield who wanted me to create a sewing space for her. The room also contained a closet that ended up being perfect for storage.
She knew she wanted to use Elfa from The Container Store. Once I came up with just the right plan to give my client a sewing space, cutting space and loads of storage, it was time to get it installed and organized.
Two large work surfaces mean plenty of space for multiple sewing machines and a cutting station. Loads of drawers keep fabric scraps, current projects and sewing supplies hidden and orderly. Pattern books and larger sewing supplies sit on open shelves for easy access. And get a load of the utility board. Scissors, pins and other small notions hang right above the work surface making it so easy to use and put away.
And where is all the fabric? A wall of shelves with adjustable dividers keeps piles of color-coded samples from toppling over. More drawers keep lesser-used items contained but still easy to access. And check out the hanging racks on the wall. They’re a great way to display current projects that still need a little more work.
Smart, organized and ready to go!
Craft Room Chaos
After her recent move, this Denver crafter needed to make room for all of her supplies. Her space needed to function as both a home office and a craft room. SOS to the rescue! First, we started by unpacking the rest of her boxes, putting away the blow up bed and sorting everything into piles: books, office supplies, paperwork and crafting supplies. Now, as every good crafter knows, there are lots of little odds and ends that need to be sorted: glitter, ribbon, paper, stamps, etc. Once we had our organized piles, it was time to put together the storage cabinet and put things in their place. Let the creativity flow!