Organizing Genevieve's Craft Room
As we were scheduling our start date, Genevieve told me what a disaster her craft room was. I did my best to reassure her that it probably wasn’t as bad as she perceived it in her minds eye, and either way, I enjoy a good challenge. I was right. On the day of our consultation, when I arrived and got a good look at the room, it wasn’t as bad as she had led on, yet we still had our work cut out for us. In the end however, we both felt great about the end result.
Step 1 - Eject
We started by cleaning up the area and wiping everything down. We got all the ripped up paper towels out, cleaned up the cat pee up, and removed the extra boxes and containers from the area.
Step 2 - Purge
Once we got that done we began to move everything out of the cubbies and into the garage. As we lined the garage with craft supplies I began to categorize the items, saving us time later on.
We had a crochet/yarn/knitting area. As well as a paint area. We also had an area for all the sewing specific items. Metal working things, you guessed it, those went together. She already has some good shelving on the wall where we put all the knitting machines together. The cutting items got grouped together, as well as the drawing supplies.
STEP 3 - Decide
Once everything was out, we wiped all the cubbies down again, moved a few of them to open up the space, then vacuumed the floor. After that was complete, it was time to decide where the new home for each item would be and how to categorize them into neighborhoods. We tried to keep similar items near each other, but found that each cubby was okay being its own specific category. However we still tried to keep similar categories near one another, for instance the knitting stuff was together, and then the bead and stamping items were close to one another as well.
One thing I really tried to keep front of mind was to ensure that each item was as easy to access and grab without needing to move another item to get to the one desired. However, with this client it was easier than normal. She said the way she would access the supplies when going to work on a project, would be to just grab everything in the cubby and take it to the table to work on.
Step 4 - Move in
When everything was finally cozied up in it’s new home we took an inventory and looked at what extra bins she would need to buy to make the supplies more organized and easy to access.
Together we went cubby by cubby and talked about how she would access the items from there and if we might need bins, shelves, or drawer bins.
Once we had a list she said she would go buy everything and we would reconvene in a week.
After she bought everything we scheduled a time for me to come back and put on the finishing touches. We transferred anything into their new organizers which only took a quick 2 hours.
Step 5 - Relief!
We put the last item in the last bin, then stepped back and appreciated the new open and organized space.
It filled me with a great sense of joy to watch her take a deep sigh of relief and tell me how she can now start creating again and can easily pull things out to work on them. Then, when she’s done, she knows exactly where they should go back to.
Together we were able to not only organize her craft room, but also free her previously stifled creativity.
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