Like I was saying before, I am determined to organize!
I want people to say “Wow 🙂 ” when they see my home, not just “oh “. The craft room was definitely giving off the latter kind of vibe…
Whenever I have a project in mind I like to do a little bit of research. I have a few different craft hobbies and needed to evaluate the best type of storage to house all my cool tools, while still allowing me easy access to them (i know if it was up to D they would get put in a box in the garage!!).
I looked at a few different options of what could possibly work for me including rolling storage carts, the ever useful ikea Alex drawer units, cube storage bookcases, using tupperwares stacked with labels, etc. I was really digging this mobile storage cart from Michael’s:
but it was out of stock online and I was irritated that their website doesn’t allow you to check your store’s inventory for it. Like seriously? it’s 2015 guys, get it together.
Anyways after doing my storage/organization research I fell onto this idea of pegboards.
You have seen them so many times and you probably never considered how useful they can be for you. Most people associate them with storing tools in your garage at home because they are used pretty widely for that:
But think about anytime you went to a store and they had things hanging up for you to take off a hook, its a pegboard! Even at retail locations they are using a slatwall, which is like pegboard’s cousin.
They are great because they can be reconfigured at any time ! And they put all your tools up for you to see. I got mine from Lowe’s for like $9 (its a 4′ x 4′ board) and an accessory kit (the various hooks to use on it) for like $8. We also got a 1×2 piece of wood (less than $2) to mount it to the wall with. (You’ll want to leave some space between the board and the wall so you can move your hooks around easily).
That my friends, makes a storage option for less than $20. (Plus the $4 spray paint because I didn’t like the brown color) I’m not done yet, I want to get a few more baskets, little buckets with handles, and other types of pegboard accessories but here’s what it looks like so far:
After putting the pegboard up, I realized I did have a storage unit that could work for my space! It’s the four drawer unit to the left of my desk. I got it a while back from ikea, don’t recall how much, but it works pretty well if you aren’t packing tons of weight into the shelves. I still need to get little baskets to organize the stuff in the drawers but it is a big difference to what I had before!
And here are a few other people’s ideas for pegboard uses: (I borrowed these pictures from the web)
I love their use of chalkboard paint on this one, and how they outlined where each item should go !
This = no more tangled necklaces!
I will post some pics later when I have the board a little more complete 🙂