Friday, July 13, 2012

Holy DUST Batman!

I have a confession.  My sewing area is like fabric store that vomited all over the floor.  Sorry for the graphic reference but it's the truth.  Up until 4 days ago, all of my sewing and craft stuff was spread all over the floor in our unfinished basement.  Along with said craft stuff was the random toys and snack containers my kiddos would leave behind after spending time with mama while she sewed.  It was a disaster!  I should have taken a picture to help my full disclosure but I was way too embarrassed. 

The good part about my sprawling area was the ability to expand.  Because the basement is unfinished, I claimed it all.  I could make as big of a mess as I wanted and no one would care until the weekends when my darling hubby would have to climb over the stacks to get to the washing machine...yes he does ALL the laundry.

The good news is, our basement is in it's final day of getting new drywall.  Finished basement here we come!  There is dust everywhere!  We had dreams of DIY and we were well on our way.  My husband framed everything, ran wires, and hooked up lighting.  Then when it came time to drywall, we stalled out.  At the suggestion of my stepfather, we decided to wave the white flag and hire someone to finish.  This one guy seriously hung the entire thing in 4 days and he is currently down there sanding in the middle of a cloud of white dust.

My new sewing area is going to be SO beautiful.  I just know it.  However, it is going to be super-dooper- teeny-tiny.  I'm talking closet sized.  In addition, this basement has to function as a TV area, playroom, and general living space.  I can NOT have the dis-organizational problems I had before.  So my dilemma is this... how to keep my area perfectly clean and organized when I have a 1/4 of the space to do it in.  I have searched the internet for ideas and of course I found a few on Pinterest I am going to try immediately.

Here are two of my most favorite, inspiring items I already own.  

I got a magnetic board for Christmas and I LOVE it!  In addition to the 4 little magnets (which are super strong), I also have 4 little magnetic containers that go on it.  It is perfect for my snaps and labels.  The shop is Moore Magnets and I know I am going to go back and buy a few more.

I already started organizing my fabric.  I got these two fantastic shelves from Ikea a few months ago and put all my fabric on comic book cards.  When I remember to fold them all up after every use, this has been working out really well.  Plus, I just LOVE seeing all my fabrics at my finger tips!
 Here are a few of my inspirational ideas that I stole from Pinterest.  Remember, I must use wall space when possible!
I have GOT to find a way to use the wall space in my new sewing nook.  These kitchen things from Ikea are going to be perfect for hanging up my rulers and notions.

I am going to buys a wall cabinet unit to go all the way up against the wall and ceiling and attaching jars like this will be perfect for all my ponytail holder and key fob supplies.  I have been collecting jars like this for a while and never knew what I was saving them for.  TaDa!

I have got to find a way to organize my ribbons.  I hate the round cardboard things they come on because they are constantly unwrapping.  Perhaps something like this that hangs from the kitchen racks mentioned above?

Here is another great idea.  I know I can get some ribbon in a smaller space by putting them on cards like this.  Hmmm.

 I'll keep you posted on my progress! In the mean time, I would love to hear and see what other people are doing in their favorite spaces.  Have you transformed a special space recently?  Let me know!