When my kids were younger I rarely got time to stamp. I didn't have a dedicated area so the dining room table was it and that sure wasn't kid safe! When we first moved to Indiana my stamping stuff went into a hall closet with a locked door to keep the littles out. I later set up an area down in the unfinished basement, but it was cramped and surrounded by boxes so I didn't spend much time there either. Since we've been in the current house, I have so enjoyed having my own space!!! It still isn't pretty as I'm in an unfinished basement again, but it is set up so much better than anything I've ever had before and there are two basement windows right by my area so I get pretty good light and it doesn't feel "cave-like" Hang in there mom....it does get better. Now I get to bring my girls into my crafting with me...I get my DD's eye for design choices...and I can leave my stuff out and NOBODY touches it!!!