Let me remind you of my old ways:
The picture above is funny to me now. . .LOL!. . .mainly because I really was comfortable crafting like this! :)
Now a few pics of the cleaned-up, new version:
BIG difference huh!! :) You would be amazed to see all of the 'stuff' I got rid of and donated. There sure was a lot.
Here are some shots of where I put it all. . .so you can see that I still have 'stuff'. . .it's just hidden. :)
Next, I have LOTS of chipboard albums and stuff that's waiting to be tweaked, loose ribbon - lace - etc, my Big Shot Machine, all of my dies, a postal box full of Jillibean Soup Sprout (love them!), and a small stash of felt - cork -metal. . .etc. that I hope to send through my die cut machine real soon. :)
Above I've posted 3 pictures of my stamp cupboard. This is a really big deal because I used to store stamps in a double-wide cupboard vs. this little single one. The top shelf has a bunch of random ATC stuff. The middle has some Unity stamp sets, Technique Tuesday sets (mainly Ali Edwards), and the green shoe boxes are filled with my favorite wooden stamps. The lowest shelf has a wire basket filled with all of the clear stamps that I love (except for the Papertrey Ink sets, which are on my desk). I also have some ink pads stored there.
The photo above shows you one of my favorite areas. :) It's filled with envelopes, different style bags, clothespins, wood items, boxes, and containers of all sorts. The middle shelf has a set of old berry trays that are wood with a metal frame. . .LOVE those! I like to call this my 'gifting cupboard'. :)
The desktop. . .from left to right. . .has an old wire dish drying rack that I put some completed items in. And the all important Craft Fund jar.
**Hope I'm not boring you** You may want to refill you coffee. . .LOL! I'll confess. . .I'm cutting out sugar and I just snuck away to gobble up a caramel Ghirardelli Square!! I feel terrible about cheating. . .but wow! -Am I ever pumped up to finish this post! :)
The double desk where I craft also has some really functional drawers. Above I have file folders containing stuff I grab all the time and a bin of punches.
Hand and little punches, some distressing inks, tiny attacher, big bite, lots of clear stamp blocks, adhesive removers, erasers, ruler, favorite journaling pens, sanding block, eyelet puncher. . .and some other common tools.
Above are three pictures of the vertical drawers the seperate the two desk areas. From top to bottom, I have tags and office supplies, circle cutters - mats - brayers - crimper - grommet setter - and label maker, and a drawer of little chipboard elements.
This is the space behind me. . .and I'll try to be quick :)
I know. . .I know. . .the last one is sideways. I tried to fix it. . .but it just really insists on being on its side. :) So, I'm gonna just let it be. The three shots above show: 1. A cupboard with photos, an old button tin (from my great-great grandmother), and a few remaining cropper hopper doo-dads with chipboard and random stuff in them. 2. A cupboard with a 12 X 12 cardstock tub, a tub of 'letters' . . .yes, I'm an American Crafts 'Thickers' addict. . .with Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon letters following right behind on my favs list. My cricket machine, some wrapping supplies, and spools of PTI ribbon in the way back. #3 In the sideways photo -lol! I have a stash of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock, scrap DP, idea books & mags, the Bind-It-All machine & supplies and a few more random items. :)
Next to two albums I'm currently working on. . .I have a basket of 'in progress' projects.
***Now this may be the BIGGEST change of all. Being a self-proclaimed PAPER-HOARDER. . .I knew that a change had to be made. I found this lovely little 12X13X14 wire basket at a local shop and new it would be a perfect solution to my paper problems. I now have all my DP stashed in here, organized by manufacturer. I have told myself that if it fits in here. . .I can have it. :) (If not, get to scrappin' lady so you can buy it soon! -LOL!) :) I really love it.
And that's it! Talk about a weight lifted!! I love walking through the hall and not stepping/kicking my crafty stuff and shipping boxes. It's so nice. And although I feel like I got rid of sooooo much. . .and have nothing. . .I can sit back and 'see' that I still have a ton of stuff. . .and know that it's not how much you have. . .but the magic you create with it.