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Monday, January 13, 2014

New Storage for the Studio

I have been rapidly running out of space in my studio for quite some time now. More and more stuff just keeps showing up!!! (It's a sickness I know, but I just cant help myself!! LOL!)

I finally decided I needed to do something about it. The top of this dresser was just not being used in the most efficient way. I had in my head that I was going to find a short bookcase to put on top of it, so hubby and I set off on Saturday to search the local garage sales to see what we could find.

Unfortunately I did not find a bookcase, but I did find this....

It's not exactly what I wanted because it doesn't provide quite enough storage space, but it is definitely a step in the right direction and for $4.00 I couldn't pass it up!!!!

I think it was probably a shoe caddy for one of those "put together yourself" closet organizers.
It is definitely an improvement over what I had as it allows me to see what I have and cleaned up some space in the drawers below so the items that are there are more easily accessible as well.

Instead of everything being loose in the drawers I have categorized the lace pieces into plastic baggies, making it much easier to find what I am looking for.

Now that all the little stuff is in the cubbies above, the drawers are much neater and I am much happier!!!

I'm still going to keep my eye out for a short bookcase, but in the meantime... this will do nicely!!!

35 comments:

Primroses Attic said...

I think you found a bargain. And it looks so pretty.
Rosezeeta.

Art and Sand said...

First, thanks for the tips over at FPTFY.

Second, I love your new cubby and your organization.

Third, I hope you are going to do your summer Where Bloggers Create party again. I just moved my creative space from the garage (too cold in winter, too hot in summer) to our guest room (guests will have to get a room at the inn) and am organizing it. I am having so much fun making it functional and creative.

Nancy said...

I am with you, I know it has to be a sickness!! But what are our chances of finding one of those Vintage one a kind pieces again at such a Great price?(my plea to my hubby).

It looks great!!

Huggs, Nancy

Missy George said...

The cubbies look like mailboxes or a place where hotels keep room keys and mail..Good job Karen..Looks great..Does lace do OK in plastic?Doesn't need air??

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That was a 'great' find.

milissa d said...

well I was just thinking today....I need to organize my studio space as well. that was a great find and looks beautiful.
tfs.......
http://defuscodesign.blogspot.com

Diane said...

It's always so much fun to visit your hoe and studio. It always makes me feel like doing something different to mine. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. Diane

Diane said...

It's always so much fun to visit your hoe and studio. It always makes me feel like doing something different to mine. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. Diane

The Old Parsonage said...

I looks fab - showing off all your goodies nicely. That's always a plus. I'm always looking for cute storage space!

Have a great night!
Leann

Desires of the Heart said...

Looks like a great solution at a wonderful price and it looks pretty too!! Thanks for sharing and yes I agree, it is a sickness!! Blessings, Linda

Sandra Kaye said...

It looks great!!!! I think you should keep it:):)

Cyn said...

awesome find. Oh and love all those laces..yum yum!

Shell said...

That shoe caddy works beautifully on your dresser. Your whole space is so pretty and ladylike. Makes my heart pitter patter.

Kathy said...

January is, indeed, the season for organizing. Well done!

Diane said...

It's always so inspiring to visit your beautiful home and studio. This is a great idea and it looks great. Diane

Createology said...

Now this is a wonderful display/storage piece. Sometimes we find what we weren't even looking for. Happy New Year and Creative Blessings...

sweet violets said...

OMG, that was a great find!!! I have a cubbie similar but bought it at Pottery Barn and it cost a heck of a lot more!!!! Glad you got some things organized, I'm a big fan of plastic baggies for all those things!!! January is the time to do all of that.....

May said...

I think the shoe caddy looks fabulous...it looks so inviting... Hugs May x x x

Louise Elsiemayandbertha said...

That is a lovely and useful piece of storage you've found. I assume you painted it to match the rest of your furniture. Finding and having space for storage is a problem for me too. I like to be able to see what I have (I forget otherwise) somI'm on the lookout for something like your cubby holes. Yours is looking lovely.

Ollie said...

Oh, la, la....love being able to see the bits and bobs of pretty lace. The cubby fits right in with your decor; good job.

Ollie said...

Oh, la, la, love seeing all the bits and bobs of pretty lace! The cubby fits in with your decor. Good work!

Anna Mae said...

I have that sickness to, but it is a good kind of sickness. I just love your blog.

Marlynne said...

Your new addition looks really nice too! I'm sure it's made a difference in your storage needs too!

All Things Pretty... said...

Those shoe organizers are fantastic for craft/supply storage - and can be found (like you discovered) for just a few bucks at 2nd hand stores....I love what you've done with yours! But watch out, because now you might be hunting for more of these.... I keep buying them for my studio, and somehow, I always have more "stuff" to fill them with! lol

Rhonda said...

Well, you are amazing! Those are wonderful organizing tips! I always need better ideas for using space more wisely!!

Love the cubbie, it is perfect!

Pendra said...

It's functional and looks great until you find that perfect piece, and what a bargain! I have one of these and have my shoes in it... what was I thinking! hehehe!!! Creative thinking for great storage, I'm gonna have to figure out something else for my shoes!
Hugs,
Pendra

Vicki Boster said...

Karen-- this little cabinet is both perfect and beautiful-- I love the way you have your trims and notions stored---
Thank you again for all the help you give to me:)
Vicki

Lynn Richards said...

wow! For $4, I would agree you are in the right direction.
xo

LUNA said...

Jakie te koronki i lny piękne ! w takim miejscu to chciałabym zamieszkać chociaż w jednej z tych szuflad :)

dubois patricia said...

la bibliothèque est très jolie et ces dentelles et rubans ce que c'est beau !!!!

dubois patricia said...

que c'est joli cette bibliothèque et ces dentelles et ces rubans ça me plais beaucoup tous ça .....


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Marlene Plasencia said...

It's such a treat to visit your lovely blog. Your cubby is perfect, love all the beautiful laces, just gorgeous.
Blessing,
Marlene

CatieAn said...

you definitely got a bargain for $4 and it looks very nice on top of the dresser. I have so many cubbies in different sizes around the house. Organizing has been so much easier when you can see what you have and it is neat at the same time.

Charlene said...

Aren't you MS NEATNESS! I so wish I was organized... SOME DAY!!! Love your dresser with the new storage. What color did you use on the dresser? I like it.

Ursula Swatkowska said...

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