The Work DoneTo get this room in order, it's been almost a year long journey. This time last year the room was a complete mess with odds and ends that me and my partner had collected over the 4 years since we lived here.
It was home to some spiders (ick!), a pile of stuffed animals where our cat slept (she also does not like other animals, go figure), a bed that someone had rescued from the tip, and a graveyard of old furniture and computers. It smelled musty and was a bit abandoned.
It is now the home of my scrapbooking/art supplies and my office. It's the place where I spend most of my time and now feels warm and inviting. Currently it smells of Vanilla. :)
Why did it take so long? It's rather hard to live your life in the 3 hours a day after you get home. So many other things just get in the way. Laundry, cleaning, kids (furbabies or human) - sometimes things just have to take a back seat. I'd imagine that most of everyone doesn't have all their stamps labeled and ready at a moment's notice - and neither did I until now.
The room itself was in good condition - eventually I will need to get new curtains.
The FurnitureI had drooled over pictures of other craft rooms for quite a while before I decided to actually go out and purchase furniture - and even longer before I took the plunge of purchasing.
I liked other people's rooms that had Ikea furniture - it seemed clean - tidy, and easy to assemble. However, in New Zealand we don't have Ikea. I was rather out of luck.
However, we do have companies who like to copy Ikea and try to make a huge profit at the same time. I purchased ALL of these items for %50 by waiting for sales and saving my money in between sales times.
Pre-existing furniture I had were plastic storage drawers, two desks, one a drafting desk and chair, and the other a vintage desk from the previous home owners.
I would reccomend if you are wanting new furniture that you choose the method I used. Set aside X$ of dollars for furniture every paycheck, and jump on a sale when you see it. Careful planning of what items you truly want will save you from spending too much at the wrong time.
H&O White Cubby x2 - 1 assembled - Expedit dupe
Ladder Bookshelf x 2
And here's the room.
The MaintenanceSo I recognise the need for ongoing maintenance, here's what I've got set up so far.
Curtains: Curtains are certainly ugly, and will need to be replaced. They've probably been there since the late 80's. However, in NZ curtains are a commodity which are expensive, a modest pair of curtains for 1 window will run around $120.
Stamps: Will come into the new stamp bucket. When time, it will be transferred to a CD case, labeled, and acetate sample sheet put into the Clear Stamps binder.
Paper: Paper will need to be reorganised, by manufacturer. Paper will need to be stood up on its side as to ease getting the right stack out.
Tools: I don't need more. I also don't need any more...
Ink: Because my drawer is full.
Thanks for reading!