Craft Room Sort Out!

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Good morning! Welcome to another day of fun! I hope you are enjoying the event so far. If you are worried you’ve missed something then check out THIS PAGE – I’ve made a list with links to all the posts so far!

I mentioned yesterday during the Old Stash Giveaway Post that I’d been having a craft room sort out lately. It’s always good to have a cleanse of your supplies to remind your what you own, and to get rid of unnecessary or unwanted items! This time I particularly focused on clearing out useless packaging… just wait until you see how much I got rid of!

We moved to a new house in January. Of course my craft stuff was the first thing I unpacked, but I kept looking at my Expedit thinking how messy it looked, and wishing I could find stuff easier (I had already cleared off one paper shelf on the left before I thought to stop and take this photo)…

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

The main thing to go was the pizza boxes. I was storing my supplies by manufacturer in pizza boxes, inside each box were 12×12 zip lock bags which separated scraps from whole sheets, and stickers from ephemera etc. You can see some of the pizza boxes below, but there were about another 15 boxes piled up in the corner of the room, ones which wouldn’t fit in the Expedit unit, or that had newer stash in which I hadn’t sorted out yet:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

This system used to work for me but lately it has been driving me crazy. I could never be bothered to look through more than one box, and they got all mixed up every time I rummaged through them and took ages to sort out again. Plus I kept forgetting what things I owned!

I decided to keep some of the newer collections (from the last CHA), or a couple of older ones that I still happened to have a lot of items from, in zip-lock bags. But one bag would have a whole collection in it (papers, stickers, anything), and now I store these on a new shelf unit I bought from a friend (the one on the right – the one on the left holds my kid’s craft stuff):

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

The bottom shelves have some patterned paper pads and plain cardstock too, plus any 12×12 paper sheets that didn’t go with a new collection. These are sorted roughly by colour, but I didn’t fuss about it too much as it’s easier to flick through them now anyway!

Then I started sorting  out all the embellishments that were not from new collections… and making a mess in the process!

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

See the plastic stacking tubs in the photo above? I bought them at Aldi and I got the last two (there are three compartments in each stacking set) – I wish they’d had more as they fit perfectly side-by-side in my Expedit!

I wanted to get rid of all the packaging that was clogging up my craft space, so I thought about how I could store stickers and chipboard elements without keeping the used bit of the packaging. For example this sheet of Basic Grey Mint Julep stickers was well used, there were just a couple of stickers left:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I cut around the stickers individually, leaving them on the backing with a slight border around each sticker:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

When sorting out the chipboard elements some came out individually with their backing paper still on, but for those that lost their backing paper, and were therefore sticky, I used talcum powder to de-sticky the backs:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

I just shook it all over and then rubbed the excess off with my finger. I can use glossy accents or glue dots to add them to my projects anyway!

I also cut up lots of tags and journal cards, and stored them with some paper ephemera shapes.

Here are the contents of one of the stacking plastic tubs sets, it contains stickers, chipboard elements, and tags / journal cards:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

The other holds some small wooden stamps, my roller doodle stamps, and some other random embellishments:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also have two slimline 12×12 plastic boxes which have flat alpha stickers in one, and 12×12 sticker sheets that were still really full in the other:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

And this is all the packaging I was able to throw away / recycle:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

I am so glad to be rid of all this! I can’t believe I’ve been storing it all for years!

Another thing I wanted better access to were my clear stamps. I had some stored standing up at the right-hand edge inside my bureau:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

The rest were stored in a box which I rarely dipped into. Both storage options made it hard  to flip through and choose what I wanted to use. So I re-arranged them into a box which they could stand up in, and I’ve been using them a lot more since then:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally, saving the best until last, my husband built me some shelves for my glitters, embossing powders, paints, and mists. He used skirting board for the shelves because it’s nice and narrow – we bought it at B&Q. Some of you have seen this photo before but I couldn’t resist showing it off again:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

Oh, how I love this! They look so pretty and colourful. These were all stored in boxes before. I did use them but they weren’t so easy to grab, and I couldn’t see them for inspiration. A friend asked me the other day whether I actually use them at all because it looked so organised. I was happy because I use them all the time, but there’s no space to clutter the shelves so they stay tidy!

Here’s my Expedit area now:

Craft Room Clear Out at Jennifer Grace Creates

It may not have changed drastically, but it’s a lot more useable than it was before, and I’ll keep working on it! I do still have a few pizza boxes… but they’ve mostly got the giveaway prizes inside!

Be Inspired:

Sort out something in your craft space – try and get rid of some packaging

Be inspired by the rainbow of colours on the shelves

Rummage through your stamps and use some unloved ones

Do you get rid of excess packaging?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 11am!

Jennifer x

  • I have loads of those pizza boxes too … really need to think about sorting through them as like you I have forgotten what I have :-/ xxx

    June 8, 2014 at 10:20 am
  • I actually did lately get rid of some pizza boxes… but still have to many. I think I’m just overwhelmed by the whole big job of getting started that it just doesn’t get done. I know it has to . Your space and storage looks absolutely fabulous… and its also inspiring. Need to get this done!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:26 am
  • So glad you had a chance to organize your space, it’s always so refreshing once it’s done!

    June 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm
  • I got rid of a whole lot of pizza boxes stacked on top of my Expedit and sorted out all the contents only about a month ago! I just LOVE your shelf!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  • Frances

    What a lot of work. It always is and organizing is constant. I’ve been using my stamps more these days and really enjoying it. Everything looks refreshed.

    June 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm
  • Patricia

    So much work! Organizing always helps me use my “forgotten” stuff more often! Great job!

    June 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  • I had a good sort out yesterday whilst packing for my crop. I always get rid of packaging then kick myself when somebody asks who it’s by!!!
    I NEED the paper shelf unit – some girls have all the luck!

    June 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm
  • wow that was a lot of recycling…. I am in the middle of a big craft room clear out…. I have 3/4 filled the massive recycling bin, have 2 bags to take to the second hand shop and 4 big bags of unwanted stash! I am still going so no doubt there will be more to add to that …..hard work but will be worth it in the end I know.

    June 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm
  • I frequently sort through my stuff ….I can’t bear not being organised and there’s not a pizza box in sight x

    June 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm
  • Sarah

    I love your room (as you know!) and now that you have it all organised you’ll love it even more! I have got much better at sorting and getting rid of stuff I know I’ll never use. The packaging always goes and i also cut round stickers like you have!

    June 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm
  • Nothing like a good purge!

    June 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm
  • Jen

    Yay you! Great overhaul! I just did something similar, getting rid of my childhood dresser I had in my craft room closet. Some of the contents I got rid of, some were moved. I was then able to put my book case in there and open up the room a bit. About 2x a year I go through my stuff and figure out what I’m not using and likely never will. I either yard sale it or send it to a friend who’s taste in scrap materials is about 180deg from mine.

    June 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm
  • Hmmmmm…..I wonder how long it will look as pristine as this? I clean up every so often but as soon as I start work on a project, my workspace looks like a bomb hit it.

    June 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm
  • barbara macaskill

    LOVELOVELOVE your paint/mist/glitter shelving area! Looks like you really got some organizing done! I love how it feels when you take on a project like this and you reach the end leaving everything looking so clean and organized!
    I have been tackling my craft room over the last few months and over the course of my organizing spree I got rid of an entire pick up truck load of packaging and boxes. I also took out 15 LARGE boxes of supplies that I am in the process of selling or saving to send out as RAKs. I am not done yet but am a lot closer than I was 6 months ago. LOL
    Just this weekend I have taken out a stack of boxes that, once I broke them down, is 2 feet tall. I always save boxes thinking I am going to use them and then all off a sudden I feel like they have taken over my space and send them off to be recycled.
    Having a great time this weekend reading all of your posts! TFS!

    June 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm
  • Heather Pham

    I don’t have a lot of scrapbook supplies (I have one iris box of paper and 3 mini baskets of stamps and embellishments.), but i do a variety of crafts including clay and resin, so my room is flooded. I don’t know how I’m going to choose from my batch to bring to the dorms with me 🙁

    June 9, 2014 at 1:17 am
  • Great job on your clean out! I typically cut apart my stickers & such once I’ve used a few from the sheet & add them (along with chipboard & dimensional embellishment) into my color bins or drawers.

    June 9, 2014 at 3:08 am
  • Wow, I didn’t realise how much space packaging takes up!
    My weekend didn’t turn out as planned so I’m going to go through all the posts now and make a list of all the things that inspire me…

    June 9, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • gemma steele

    I only have a tiny space for my stash so throw as much packaging away as possible.

    June 9, 2014 at 11:02 am
  • Janet

    Some awesome ideas here! I live your floating shelves!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:53 am
  • Much better organised – keep an eye out in Aldi as they seem to refresh their offer stocks every so often – maybe they’ll come back into stock! I’m always on the look-out for better Expedit storage!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:57 am
  • Annie

    oooooh it’s a lovely feeling to have a good clear out like that – love your shelving, it looks so pretty like that and great idea to use skirting boards. Ribbons are my bugbear … love them but they get so messy! :o)

    June 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm
  • I’m constantly re-arranging and trying different storage methods to try and make everything more accessible…..I’m still not really happy with it…..too many bits get overlooked when I’m making LOs and cards….sigh.
    Yours looks really well organised now.

    June 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  • Lindsay

    I absolutely love the little shelves your hubs made! Functional but decorative also. I really try to get rid of any extra packaging that I can. I will keep some of the vellum baggies for tiny things that have no home.

    June 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Wow, great job. I’m currently throwing all my empty packages in a bin so track my effort of using up the last little bits of things. It is very satisfying, as you know.

    July 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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