Dream Craft Rooms

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I’m dreaming of a bright craft room…(to the tune of White Christmas).  Who has not wished for a space dedicated to their hobbies.  A bright, clean, beautiful place that is all theirs.  A meticulously organized space with a place for everything and a place to sit and breath in inspiration.  OK, maybe that is a bit over the top, but a clean & organized half of a guest room sounds pretty nice!

Since we moved into our new house 2 years ago, I have been planning to design a functional room for both crafting and guests.  After many hours of daydreaming and browsing Pinterest for inspiration (follow my Home Decor – Craft Room board for more ideas), I am finally ready to pull the trigger and make this space pretty and functional.  As I am busy behind the scenes here making this transformation take place, here are a few of the rooms I used for inspiration:

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Sabrina at Pink Little Notebook nailed it with her simple, clean look in her office reveal.  I am really loving the white furniture and that gorgeous blue countertop.  Her room is organized and bright and serene enough to get deep in thought or craft mode.  I will need a bit more storage area in my design however to stash aware all the goodies I tend to horde.

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Besides storage, lots of countertop to work on is a huge priority for me too.  Erin at Strawberry MomCakes is inspiring me to consider a corner desk in my space to use the L shape as an advance for additional countertop space.  Once again she went with crisp, clean and white as well and I love it!

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I just love this pegboard the Abby from Just A Girl and Her Blog created.  You can check out the process here, and click around to see her awesome craft room makeover.  Abby is quickly becoming one of my top bloggers to follow as I love her style, craftiness and blogging advice.  I definitely want to incorporate a pegboard in my craft room for beautiful organization of tools.

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Another pegboard I love is from Claire at Heart Handmade UK, especially the coral color.  I am planning on either coral or teal as the accent color in my crafting space, and maybe a little of each.  I love the way the color pops against the white furniture and the corner desk is perfect for my room too.

Now it is time to stop dreaming and start doing.  Back to work on making my dream space a reality.   Please stop by and follow my Craft Room board on Pinterest for more of my favorite craft room ideas and inspirations!


Moving Tips

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I don’t know anyone who likes moving. It is a pain packing up everything you own and carrying it in and out of a truck. Being that this was the 5th time in a little over 7 years that we moved, we have perfected our strategy and learned more each time. It is almost like a challenge to see how efficient and organized we can be. So, here are a few tips I learned along the way to make moving day less painful.

Moving Tip #1: Donate / throw away / give away as much as possible

Moving tip- Donate as much as possible

Get rid of the clutter early and often as soon as you know you are planning to move. There is no point in moving that box of old sweaters you have not opened since the last move 3 years ago or that old TV you keep unplugged in the spare room.

Moving tip #1- Donate as much as possible

Be really critical when looking at your clothing. Yes, that shirt was great when you bought it 5 years ago, but is it time to retire it? Sure you planned on wearing that dress to a wedding, but it never felt right and ended up living with the tags still on in the back of the closet ever since. Really purge and you will be a happier person during the move and after. This is the rare opportunity to take everything out and evaluate it’s worth. Plus you can use it as a tax ride off at the end of the year.

Moving Tip #2: Label boxes with contents and destination

Moving Tip #2- Clearly label all boxes

Labeling boxes with not only their content but destination is a great way to speed up the moving process on moving day. Now your friends and family members who got roped into helping do not have to ask where to take each box, they can just look at the label and drop the box off in that room. I always try to also have one descriptive label on each box to tell a bit more about what is inside. For example, a box marked “Kitchen” on top will also have a side label saying “Crock-pot, pot holders, utensils”. That way when it is time to unpack and you know where the major items are in a glance.

Moving Tip #3: Pack early and create a staging area

Moving Tip #3- Pack early in a staging area

The best way to alleviate the pre-move stress is to get as much done early as possible. Yes, there are a lot of items that need to be available in order to live normally for the last month before a move, but there are plenty of things you can do in advance. Pack up the less used items, go through the closets and organize, and create a staging area for fully packed and ready to go items. This can be a spare room, closets or just the corner of your living room. Get as much done early as you can, because the final pack and clean take enough time on their own.

Moving Tip #4: Find creative ways to move / pack efficiently

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Look to sites like Pinterest for ideas to make the move smoother. Simple things like using a zip-tie to group hangers or a large garbage bag to over coats and dresses to keep them clean make the process easier and helps prevent mishaps in the move.

No move is fun, but at least it can be easier. With all the pre-planning and organization, we were able to finish our move in about 3 hours…now let the unpacking begin!