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Old 09-24-2006, 09:10 AM   #1  
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Default Help - Need Ideas for Re-Organizing My Stamp Area

We moved into a house last May and my husband just relinquished the area where he stored his road bike to me for my crafts! I need help in coming up with some low cost, eye-pleasing, space-efficient storage and organizing ideas.

The area is 79-1/4" deep and 59-1/2" wide with a ceiling of 88". The house is rented so I don't want to do anything drastic - although if the price is right, I'll hang a set of cabinets. (We're friends of the landlords and we've been given carte blanche for anything we want to do.) The area has a small sink and cabinets which are currently filled with home office supplies and samples for my SU! demonstrations. (I'm thinking about trading out the home office supplies so everyone in the family can have access to them.)

I am a stamper, seamstress, cross stitcher, and a few miscellaneous other crafts - so I want to have everything in two spots - my desk and this area. Currently everything is spread out over three areas and my sewing stuff isn't even accessible without pulling everything out. (See pictures attached) I'm thinking about shelves with baskets or Rubbermaid plastic shoe boxes (easily moved when we leave this house).

Help me out here, ladies. I probably have too many ideas rolling around in my head to actually picture anything. Any suggestions?
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Looks like you have things well organized already. I only thing I can sugest & it's hard... can you do without anything? When I reorganized, I got rid of a sofa & TV and it opened up so much more room for me. I now can sew or stamp without shuffling things around. Good luck!
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It's hard to make suggestions for someone else's space, because it's ultimately gotta work for you... so, maybe some of these ideas will be helpful.

Move out all the office/desk stuff from the cabinets. Store all your stamping and misc. craft stuff in labeled boxes under the cabinets - the labels will make it easy to find what you're looking for. Put shelving units over the sink/cabinet and use baskets to stack your stamp sets. Lowes has a really cool set of foldable baskets made from canvas, and they've come out with some cool colors. Using these, the baskets 'square up' so you don't have a lot of wasted space, and I think they look nice out in the open too. Cover the wall opposite the sink cabinet with cork board so you can hang up your samples and inspiration. Add some lighting, and you could use this area to actually stamp in
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I don't know if you like this idea, but you could hang pegboard across from your sink. I hung a huge sheet of white pegboard ($13 at home depot, they'll cut it to size for you for free...) above my desk, and added shelf brackets and 4 shelves (also from home depot). I then covered little cardboard boxes that i had with craft paper to match and labeled each one: scissors, hardware, punches, paints and brushes, blank cards & envelopes, adhesives, etc, etc. The shelves hold the boxes and a few little baskets, and some picture frames on the top one... The rest of the pegboard is used to hold scissors, bone folders, crimper, templates, staple gun, ruler, hole punches, etc. I love having everything so handy and visable, and it's cute too. I did this a couple of years ago, but recently saw similar ideas in pottery barn kid's catalog and pulled my left over board out of the garage and hung it in my kids room!) I'm in the process now of unmounting all of my stamps, which saves A TON OF SPACE and you can actually see where you're stamping. i love it! I'm putting each set on plastic (that you use to cover a bound report at kikos...i bought it at expedx and then had office depot cut it for me) and then stamp on cardstock, put it in a zipper baggie (6x6, or 6x9...also at expedex) and then label it with the name of the set with my label maker and file it in a cropper hopper file. So light and easy to transport! I really love it.
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bump... these ideas are good - any more?
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