After Easter I decided I could no longer live this way. It was an eye soar. It was impractical. It was driving me crazy. So I made a commitment to move to the only place in the house that was not formally claimed. My basement storage room.
Like most families with 7 children, the storage room was piled high with boxes of children's clothing, baby perifinalia like cribs, and baby toys, and even a huge weight set...that my teenage boys 'planned' to use (but rarely did). So when Easter was over, and I began to set up shop again, I first set up a table in the basement, and slowly began moving things down there. The lighting was bad, and I still had no organization. So I didn't actually work down there too much.
I started to think of how I could get rid of even more. It seemed we had pared down as much as was possible. All the shelves were still taken, except for two rickety things that I needed to take to the dump. I was about to load them in the truck, when the wheels started turning in my head. ... I realized I could take the two old shelves apart, remove the bent and rusted parts and possibly come out with one good shelf! Woo hoo! It worked perfectly. The finished shelf had plenty of shelves, and without spending a dime, I now had an place to orderly store my findings!!!
The wall space is still at a premium, since we have shelves lining the room that are still filled with the needed storage items. So we installed the huge peg board so it would run from floor to ceiling. How satisfying it was to hang my beads in a neat and orderly fashion. Then I put my table in front of the shelf and pegboard so my findings and beads would all be within an arms length. I even recycled an old office chair that had lost its back. The seat on wheels was perfect for me to skoot back and forth around my table.
I cannot tell you how exciting it is to finally be able to have a place for everything and everything in its place! I won't spend half my time searching for a part, or buying beads that I already have. I can close the door on my business and be back in a home again. The feeling of order in my shop gives me so much peace! It is truly an exciting day in my rosary making business!
Maybe some of you crafty folks out there also have issues with organizing your supplies? I hope that this post inspires you to save your sanity, save some money and use what you have to reclaim some space for your creative talents. It is totally worth the effort!