I heard from some folks who have even greater space challenges, some working out of their closets or on their beds. When I started scrapping (in the late 1990s), I didn't have a "room." Scrapping rarely happened for me. Clutter was everywhere. Scrapping was a chore, not a fun hobby. So, for those of you with those kind of challenges, I have empathy for you! But once I gave myself a dedicated space, I blossomed. I enjoyed the process so much more, and scrapping became just a little more than a side hobby. If you think that this crafty adventure is something you want to do for years,
then my Small Space Solution #3 is: find SOME place, ANY place in your home to dedicate to your craft.
Get creative, put it on the back of a closet door with a hanging shoe bag and murphy bed style desk. Get one of those portable work stations from Bed Bath and Beyond and put storage under your bed. Get a space SOMEwhere that is just for your scrappy (or general paper crafting) happenings. I promise you, it will change your hobby life.
One way to get creative with space is to make use of all spaces to keep tools and materials handy and off of your table space. That is actually...
Small Space Solution #4: Keep table space clear by thinking beyond the shelf.
I screwed these swivel hooks (from Ikea) to the legs of my scrap table on both ends so that I could use containers and shelves for other things. To be completely honest, on this side of the table, these hooks are where my daughter and I have ended up hanging our keys so they don't get lost. But on the other end I hang my scissors, quilting ruler which doesn't fit anywhere else, and my tin snips (random, I know). In other iterations of my space, I've hung 12" border stickers, stamp packages that I wanted to be sure to have handy to use, or mini alpha sheets.
I was searching the web and also found this from California Closets. The hooks under the shelf work too! The key is maximizing whatever space you have and thinking above, below, and beside the shelf.
Over the years, I've purchased multiple bins and baskets in which to store things. Sometimes these have worked, others, not so much. I do have one metal bin (an older purchase from Target) in which I keep all of my adhesive and now sits on the shelf next to my table and pictured above.
Small Space Solution #5: Divide and Conquer.
I was inspired by these Bento boxes by Rubbermaid (Target and JoAnns)
First, I put this tray and letter sorter together on top of the new bookcase.
In this I keep my kit supplies from PL kits. I have my cards in the sorter, my small embellishments in the chevron cup and my precut Silhouette printables in the wooden bowl. When I have a new stamp I want to be sure to use I also include it in the tray. You see, for me, it's all about access to opportunity for use. If I have it and see it often, I'm more likely to use it. But there is more to love in my album, and I had several small containers that again were taking up too much space all over the place and making things feel cluttered. So, I repurposed a large bin (originally holding all my cards now moved to one of the bamboo and canvas bins and out of sight) into another bento style...
In here I'm keeping my little basket that used to hang from a wire shelf, but was in the way of my table top and another little wooden bowl. In the bowl I have Flair, and in the basket I have misc. packages of small embellishments that I think are good for PL. Ah, but what else is in here? My photos for PL... they used to be on the tray, but again, made too much clutter... AND by putting my photos in here, I am forced to pull this basket out and notice the items inside. The idea being I have more access opportunities making it more likely I will use the supplies. Finally, my 6x6 pads, also which get underutilized have their home in this bin and I am hoping this strategy works... I'll let you know!
Tomorrow we'll talk paper and kit clubs. Sound good?