The mockingbirds outside our swimming pool are building a nest this week, one of many signs of spring. Hubby and I watched them fly back and forth, carrying sticks and twigs in their beaks as they feather their new nest.
Spring has a way of making us want to clean our human nest, doesn’t it?
Bill and I recently tackled our front and back flower beds, weeded, fertilized and replaced the mulch. Back-breaking work, for sure, but everything looks so good once it’s done. Makes using that heating pad and Deep Blue essential oil, worth it.
My next spring project was organizing my craft supplies.
I started with this used white closet organizer on the right that I picked up for $15.00 at a thrift store. Such a deal! I am so grateful, realizing that new they sell for $47.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond and $59.99 for a Nine cubby organizer. God is good to me!
After cleaning, I measured it. The dimensions fit perfectly in my home office closet, next to my other thrifty find, a nine-cube organizer with cloth cubes.
I placed my card making paper, paint supplies, cutters and assorted art supplies inside.
Then I added all my stamps to the two shelves on the left. That is actually another piece of the original organizer which lifts off … and can be used separately. I love the fact that I can close the closet doors and everything is out of sight. Viola! Out of sight, out of mind.
Lest you think I’m outta my mind, the final bit of spring cleaning that I accomplished was organizing my vast greeting card collection. My supply had outgrown the big-brand store storage box that served me for twenty years (egad, I’m old). I even added dividers!
While this is not pretty, my cards are in one place, orderly and mobile. I can pick up this container and use it anywhere in the house.
So my suggestions for harmonizing your craft
crap, er, stockpile are:
- be on the lookout at garage sales or thrift stores for a used, nine-hole cubby or a bookshelf you can paint and repurpose.
- think outside the box and consider repurposing a shoe rack or shoe boxes
- use clear plastic storage boxes, colored bins or pretty baskets
- go to Pinterest and ogle all the various storage ideas that other women use, but BE CAREFUL with this one. Side effects are: anxiety, feelings of jealousy, covetousness and how-in-the-heck-did-they-find-the-time to be so darn orderly.
And since this is an inspirational blog,
I leave you with a good thought for the day:
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” 1 Corinthians 14:40 (NIV)
Happy creative crafting!
Hey, what do you think of closet? Do you have an idea for bringing order to your hobby supplies you can share with us? Leave a word – or two. Readers are interested. Thanks!