Simple Ideas To Organize Your Office/Craft Room

Simple Ideas To Organize Your Office/Craft Room

Are things starting to pile up around you? Are you starting to lose site of your desk? Maybe your corners are starting fill with stacks of boxes and you can’t find a thing? Well that was me a few months ago…it was out of control!

Simple Ideas To Organize Your Office/Craft Room

I went from an outside sales job to a full time job in the craft industry. I knew my office needed to transition into a multi-function room, but instead it started becoming a storage room. It became unorganized as I brought in new materials to sample and it was extremely stressful to look at through my office doors as I passed by every day. I knew one day I would need to get in there and get it organized, but when?

The first of this year was a turning point. I started decorating my house and little by little made my way to my crazy office. I decided to get busy.

I shopped around online and figured out real quick the shelving I would need would be over $1000. I knew I wanted bright colors because my house is dark, so I looked for white. I searched the used furniture ads and bought some used IKEA shelving and a credenza off of Craigslist for less than $200.

I sold my big beautiful desk and downsized to another IKEA find on Craigslist, a small flat top table. I got to work and pulled everything out of the room to start with a clean slate.

I started sorting through boxes and bins separating my crafts into small groups of items that went together. Sharpies, Paint Markers, Dry Erase Markers etc. I began searching for storage containers.

I started my search at my favorite store, The Container Store. I found these cute mint green magazine storage boxes on sale so I bought several of those. After looking through the store, I didn’t find much more but decided this would be my color inspiration for my office-craft room.

Pottery Barn was running sales at Christmas, and I found some gray wool baskets with handles for $25 for a set of 3. I bought 2 sets and thought those would be great to hide certain items on the shelves, plus it would give me another color to add to my room.

I stopped by Big Lots on my shopping spree day and found glass jars in all sizes with metal lids. These would tie in with my gray baskets. I bought several if each and would use these for my pens, markers and other small items.

craft room organization idea

I visited Hobby Lobby and picked up some antique wire baskets on sale and also I bought some galvanized tubs for future use. I found an antique workshop sign, along with a bulletin board that matched my magazine holders and a work board which I now use for my sticky notes, because they fit perfectly in the squares.

I began organizing my craft items in my containers and started to see the room come together. The containers make a world if difference. I can see what is in each jar, my books are organized in my wool baskets. See-through plastic bins from a Kroger after Christmas sale stores bulky items in the corner. My office has finally turned into a functioning office-craft room. 

I will later add a rug and small work table in the middle of the room, but for now I’m just enjoying being able to use my desk again and finding items right away!

Feel free to share your organizing tips here!

Monogram Your Wellies

Monogram Your Wellies

I’ve always seen everyone wearing those super cute rain boots during the wet seasons. I love the different styles and patterns that you can buy, but the problem is my calves are too big to fit in them!

My husband and I decided to travel to Alaska last September, touring Vancouver first, then off on an amazing cruise. While planning for the trip, I noticed most every excursion recommended weatherproof clothes and footwear. I decided I needed a pair of rain boots.

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Monogram Your Wellies

I searched the internet looking for wide-calf boots and finally located a pair that were my size. The boots however were not that cute. I bought them anyway just so I would have a pair for the trip! I never wore them.
As I was cleaning my office the other day, I ran across a 12 x12 piece of decorative printed vinyl. A little inspiration came to mind and I decided to dress up my ever so boring boots.

In honor of the “April Showers” season fast approaching, here are the steps to making my monogrammed boots.

My boots are black, or maybe navy blue, I really can’t tell. Regardless, I’m using the vinyl I found on them because I like it. I’ve been saving this piece for the perfect project.

Next ,I measured the area I wanted to place the monogram. I could make this as big or as small as I want and decided to make this one about 3” around.

I loaded my patterned vinyl into my cutting machine and chose a font to use. You can find decorative printed craft vinyl from numerous stores around the country. You may even have a vinyl store in your home town. Just do an internet search to find one near you. I’m using a calendered printed vinyl here with a gray adhesive. If you don’t know what that is, refer to my first blog for more information. Gray adhesive helps block the dark color of my boots from showing through the print.

I decided to cut an extra more simple design along side this one for later use. I chose Monogramos font, which I found on for free. The circle ring and outside circle shapes I actually bought pre-made from I didn’t want to spend the time designing them. After the designs were cut, I removed the vinyl and sliced off the cut area making it smaller and easier to weed.

Weeding is the term used when pulling the pieces of vinyl from the design that do not belong. I applied a high tack transfer tape using a squeegee to rub it down securely to help adhere it to the vinyl in order to lift the design from the liner (backing).

I measured down from the top of the boot approximately 1-1/2”. I taped it in place to keep it secure, then installed it with a hinge method. Flipping the bottom of the design up, I peeled the liner off and used my fingers to rub the vinyl into place starting from the top, working my way down. The boot is flimsy, so I laid the boot down on its side to finish the process. Once I ran my squeegee over it a few times, I removed the transfer tape to view my finished project.

Applying the monogram gives the boots a little flair and I love the design! Now my boots are made for walkin’…or at least playin’ in the rain! Don’t forget your umbrella!