Remember the craft room we were cleaning out? It looked like this:
When I went back to help again it looked like this:
This is one of the many things I love about rePurpose - once I get someone started they invariably get on a roll and complete the job themselves. You get in a rhythm evaluating, eliminating and integrating and you just keep going.
She went from this...
She was able to let go of some craft supplies she is no longer interested in, made plans to complete a few projects and got inspired to try some new ones now that she has a bit of space to stretch out in.
Nothing makes me happier than inspiring someone to take control of their environment. My work here is done.
Replaced when she remodeled, the owner wanted to keep this out of the dump and decided she liked the shape. She turned it upside down and - voila! - one-of-a-kind a jewelry holder. Besides holding her earrings, it holds happy memories of the home she loves.
A few days ago we finished the first corner of this room. The edge of the clean and neat bookshelf can be seen on the far right. Now we are moving around the room counter clockwise.
The next thing to tackle is this cute hutch. It sits in front of the window and blocks the light and, along with the printer table, takes up space that could be used for relaxing or for guest seating. The owner has decided that the best thing is to remove it altogether so we need to relocate or discard all it holds.
We did it! She consolidated the jewelry displays with others on the first bookcase, tossed a bunch of stuff and identified an entire stack of hardback craft and decorating books she can sell. Now the hutch is ready for sale, too. Someone is going to love it.
Next: remove the printer table.
We made space for the printer on the desk and wound up with more light from the unblocked window and room for a bench she already owned. It is great spot to TEMPORARILY stack items to take to classes and to read a book to her grandkids.
We have conquered the northeast corner! Total time: one hour.
Oooh this challenge is really FUN! This woman has her own craft room filled with lots of fun.. and lots of goodies that she needs to sort, purge and organize:
She does everything: sewing, scrap booking, jewelry making, paper crafting, flower arranging, wedding planning, you name it. She sells her work and even sells supplies to other crafters. But her sweet little studio was overflowing and she needed to get it under control. Her goal was to create some open space to work on her projects and to have easy access to the supplies and materials she sells.
Our strategy was to tackle it in manageable chunks. So we started with the top half of this corner bookshelf:
It is amazing what a bookshelf can hold. We discarded these piles of recycling, donations, yard sale items - plus another box of things to return to family members.
Then we had the pleasure of emptying another shelf in her bedroom of the supplies it held and moving it here:
Wow. Look at the difference! Room to breathe! Total time: 2 hours.
Stay tuned for solutions for the rest of her sweet craft room.
This client had a baby while she and her husband were on assignment in London. When they moved back home his button-down business shirts were far too formal for the casual California life style. They decided to commemorate their happy time in London by commissioning a quilt for their baby.
Here are the shirts...
cut into strips...
The fee for this transformation was donated to Shakti Rising http://www.shaktirisingnp.com, an organization that transforms the lives of young women. Their motto is "Create Change" and this is just what we did with these shirts.