By Katja Kromann

The upstairs hall - how I organize my craft cabinet

The upstairs hall - how I organize my craft cabinet
Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

Sometimes it is even more satisfying to clear your clutter when it is totally messy first. Do you ever feel that? It's just so satisfying to see the big difference between the before and after.

While remaking B's bedroom and giving the master a bit of a lift and making a variety of crafts all the overflow and mess landed ... well on the landing and upstairs hall way.

It's was quite a mess. For a long time.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

All my craft stuff was having trouble fitting into my craft cabinet. So during our Easter break, I gave myself a very stern talking to and organized all B's stuff into the new containers I bought him at IKEA recently and got rid of a whole trash bag full of stuff.

I also donated our two old ceiling fans that we took down when we put up new ones in B's room and the master.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

I carried all craft and gift wrap related items down to the living room to assess the situation. Ohhhh so much craft stuff and so many rolls of 1 dollar gift wrap from Target. So much ribbon. Don't touch my ribbon. Step away from my ribbon :)

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

Then I went through all the bins and sorted every like item with like item. I went through all my ribbon and removed all the short pieces - less than 12 inches. And just over all threw out anything I didn't love :love:.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

The cabinet was nice and dirty after I emptied it so it got a good cleaning first. After the doors were made and had a couple of coats on them, everything had just been hurled into the cabinets while the stairs were being finished, so it was very dusty and had never been properly organized.

Also the cabinets were prepped for lighting - a project that we never got around to finishing.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

My clutter clearing netted me a full bag of trash. Weeee.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

Then I updated the labels on all the boxes that had new content.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

This is my curated pile of gift bags and gift ribbon.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

My curated selection of gift wrap.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

My curated bin of ribbon. I have promised myself not to buy anymore ribbon.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

And all the boxes ready to go back into the cabinet. I have 28 of the small bins - they are the shoe bins from Target.

Curious about what is in all the bins? My labels/categories are:

Letter stamps, foam stamps, letters, floral tape & wire, floral, floral, circle punches, shape punches.
Corks & magnets, snowflakes & bells & sequins, jewelry & beads, gilding.
Paint, twine, glue gun, glitter, spool of ribbon, tools, glue & adhesive, craft wire & boullion thread.
Embroidery & floss, pom poms, pipe cleaners, feathers, wood & googly eyes, Hama perler supplies, felting, styrofoam

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

This weekend, I got out the paint and gave everything a couple of fresh coats of white white white.

Luckily I have room for 40 bins in the cabinet, but of course the bin of ribbon takes up room for four small bins at least and I have a tub of Hama beads - who doesn't - and so on. And I love it when there is a bit of room to grow. That gives the cabinet some nice Feng Shui.

Upstair hallway gets a make over before and progress

We have bought the last parts to get all the lighting to come together. That is next on the list. We are going to use LED lights in the cabinets. We are going to add hardware to the doors and some art work...

All that and more next time we check in on our upstairs hall way.

Are you tackling any big messes in your house right now? Or doing any spring cleaning?

Next: Upstairs hall - the reveal - see how my craft cabinet came together


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Katja Kromann
About Katja Kromann

I am a Danish American decorating life in Seattle. I love all things design and DIY.

I can’t think of anything more fun than coming up with project, making it, photographing it and sharing it with you on my websites.

I am a Graphic Artist and homeschooling mom to a teenager by day.

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