I had such high expectations for our mudroom/office/craft room transformation when I posted last year, but the space still wasn’t working. We were still using it as a place to pile all of our unwanted items, a place to store unfinished projects, there were piles of clothes to donate/sell/share with friends, and there was very little productive work being done in that space. How was I suppose to be crafty in a space the felt overly cluttered?
First thing we did was get cubbies to hold jackets, shoes, etc. You can read all about it here.
Once the cubbies were in, we decided that we needed to rearrange the space to better meet our needs. We moved Ben’s desk to the far side of the room and my desk/craft table is at the window looking out into our backyard! This really opened up the space as we did not feel like we were on top of each other.
We got rid of furniture that wasn’t serving any purpose for us anymore. Once all of that clutter was removed, we decided to move my computer to my desk to allow the hubby more space on his desk. Then I had to horrible task of decluttering my crafting stuff. I have become such a hoarder with craft stuff, that once I came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t using any of this stuff, the entire space just cleared up!
I really looked at my materials and asked myself if I used this item within the last year. If I did not, then I got rid of it. This was really useful because I had just cleaned that space a year ago, so I had a good reference of need for a particular item if it was used. It’s hard being that honest with yourself about things you get attached to. But once the space go decluttered, it felt much more freeing and open! Making sure everything had a place to go really cleaned up the space.