When Captain Picard takes the Starship Enterprise into deep space, he must ensure the bridge of his ship is equipped with all the tools he needs so that he is prepared to complete any mission. Not unlike Captain Picard, my battle station, my workspace, my crafting cove is equipped with all the tools I need, so that I, like Captain Picard, can make it so.
So I guess you’ve guessed it. Today I’m going to be sharing my workspace with you, along with some tips for keeping it all organized.
I’m one of those people who can’t get anything done if my surroundings are a mess. The urge to organize and categorize is just too distracting. That being said, I’m going to warn you right here and right now that you’re not about to see one of those Pinterest-worthy, beautifully lit, all-decked-in-shades-of-white, it’s-impossible-somebody-actually-works-here craft rooms. No, esteemed reader. This is a room for the average person with a moderate budget, making the best of limited apartment spaces while being as thrifty as can be.
I told you so!
But this is my little creativity cave and I like it a lot. I have all my tools close by, and even though it might seem like a maze to navigate, I actually do know where everything is (I swear)!
I have everything categorized by the type of craft. For instance, I have my little clay making box, my yarn and needlework drawer, or my terrarium making box. This way when I’m starting a new project, I have access to everything I need, all at once, and I can also avoid making unnecessary clutter.
I also use a lot of “upcycled” materials for organization. Old soup cans can be pen holders, small chocolate boxes can hold bobbins, and paper boxes are perfect for drawer dividers.
The cork board is another thing that I really like to have in my work space. It’s not one of those things you think of as a “must-have”, but it comes in handy all the time when you have a little piece of paper or trinket that you just don’t know what to do with at the moment. Just pin it up and remember it later.
When I put together this room (and pretty much this whole condo), I didn’t buy a single new piece of furniture. Everything is either from our old place, or from my mom’s old place. For example, this work desk was just a third-hand, scratched up piece of junk that I updated with pages from one of my favourite books.
Upcycling old stuff can save you tons of money, but (in my case anyway), it’s also the reason why nothing is coordinated. If I had some spare dough rolling around one day, I’d definitely love to update some pieces!
This simple shelf from Wayfair is similar to what I have now, but the doors make all the difference!
This one is also nice, and gives you some options of drawers and cupboards.
You can hide away all your things that aren’t so “pretty” and display the ones that are!
Having cubes on the shelf also help to make the space look more organized. You can also use the cubes to categorize your things. I love the finishing on this one!
I’m also in absolute desperate need of better lighting on my desk! I’m totally in love with these beautiful lamps!
Okay, last one for the wish list, I’d also love something like this desk top storage to keep all my desktop tools in one place (Mr. Butt Toast, if you’re reading this….)
Do you have any suggestions for how I can improve my work space? Leave a comment below and let me know!