A Five+ Year Evolution
As I write this, I am sitting at my desk in my craft room, something I used to never do, because I couldn’t get to it, or it was buried under huge piles of clutter. When I moved out of my parents house 5 years ago I didn’t have enough stuff to fill up 2 bedrooms. I had a crappy twin bed, this desk, and a dresser. I slept in this room my first year in my apartment because I didn’t want to put it all in the master bedroom to then have to move it all out when I bought “real” bedroom furniture.
Since I could only afford either a living room set OR a bedroom set when I first moved out, I chose to buy a living room set. This was because I technically already had a bed, even though it’s springs were basically sticking out. So, for my whole first year on my own I had an empty master bedroom aside from a bunch of random clutter that gradually accumulated. It became the dumping room, where I would throw clutter quickly in the even of guests or whatever.
After a year, I managed to pay off my living room set, so I gave myself permission to then go ahead and finance a bedroom set. By this point I slept on my couch more than my twin bed because it was more comfortable. Ha!
It was so exciting. I bought this beautiful queen size sleigh bed, a new chest of drawers, a desk that I converted into a vanity by mounting a mirror on it, and a really nice (expensive) mattress. So in order to make room for the new bedroom set, I had to move the big mountain of clutter out of there and into the second bedroom (what I now call the craft room). Then over the course of about 2 years this room went from being a second bedroom, to a scene straight out of hoarders. I knew I wanted it to be a craft room/office, but I worked so much, and was also too tired and oftentimes, depressed, to really ever make any progress on organizing the room and purging clutter.
I would occasionally put a dent in the clutter and manage to organize some things, but I never could get things to stick, and I couldn’t maintain it because I had no system, and no real reason to keep it clean and organized. In retrospect, I had no clear purpose or goal for the space. So, for 3-4 years it was just that door you never opened. Sometimes, you literally COULDN’T open it. It was out of bounds for guests. Like…NO! NO! Don’t go in there! Ahhh! NOOOOO!
If I ever did crafting projects, I would dig out the supplies I needed from this mess of a room and do the project in the living room. That’s where the TV was too, so I would marathon through TV shows on Netflix while making jewelry, or working on my dollhouse, or scrap-booking. All the while, I was trying not to think about the ginormous mess that was this damned room.
Fast forward to July 2012, when I decided I was really gonna try to tackle this room. Partly because I was getting my first itch to start blogging. I wanted to blog about crafts, but I knew I would need a usable craft room to do that. So I wrote this blog post, where you can see what this room looked like at the time. It.was.awful. It gives me anxiety just looking at the pictures.
Well, I did manage to purge quite a lot at that time. I discovered the magical convenience of the Goodwill, I even wrote this blog post about it! However, it wasn’t until I decided to do youtube in late 2013/early 2014 that I finally got motivated enough to really get this room together.
The excitement to do YouTube FINALLY gave me strong incentive and it also gave this room a clear purpose. Not only did I need a functional craft room, I needed a studio. I wanted to have a consistent background for my videos, I wanted my craft room to be “blogger-level”. Having these goals in mind I was able to develop an organization system that would work to accomplish my goals.
Since getting the room organized, I have accomplished more in the last 6 months than I did in almost 5 years. While it does get messy sometimes, it has yet to get disorganized. There is a big difference!
Messes are just a side effect of productivity. As long as the organizational system stays intact, messes are easy to clean up. You simply pick up and put things back in their home.
This room is now my favorite room in my whole apartment! It inspires me and reminds me of what I am capable of. I can look at my beautiful Harry Potter shelf and reminisce, and absorb the bright colors and eclectic nature of the room, which just breeds inspiration.
The craft room tour video is the final product after years of failed organizing. I used to think I would literally never find a way to organize it. There were times I thought it would be disorganized mess forever. This video is proof, at least to me, that with hard work and some clear goals, you can accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.
Watch the tour below! I am just so, so proud of it!