I am a self-diagnosed neat freak. I love to clean and I love to organize. (If I could have a container, holder and/or label for EVERYTHING, my life would be complete!) And this is my brand new blog for everything NEAT!
I have a toddler in perpetual motion, a packrat daughter, a dog and a disorganized husband... and I hope to share the challenges, trials, errors, rewards and insights of being a bit "too clean obsessive" in a family that's not so in love with neatness. And I am making a promise to clean, rearrange, organize and simplify my life... and help you along the way! SO stay tuned for my journey toward everything orderly and efficient!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 52: Crafty Storage

I love crafts and craft items, and my collection of things related to crafting (paper, ribbon, stamps, ink, buttons, embellishments, etc., etc.) has multiplied greatly over the last few months, due, in part, to some good coupons for Michael's ...and the discovery of Stampin'Up.

The collection of items was -- until very recently -- scattered all over my house. Some things were upstairs in a closet. Some items were in the laundry room. Other things were just sitting out on the floor and on the kitchen table! *gasp!* NOT a good scenario for a neat freak! That's why I emptied out the candle cabinet...

Now, I've simply used a collection of plastic bins (and one specifically designed for scrapbook paper) along with a plastic container with drawers and one of my very favorite finds: a giraffe print craft storage "tote!" (This thing has about 20 cute little pockets and holds stickers and scissors and glue dots and tape and inks and pens and cutters and crimpers and papers and buttons and, well, you get the point!)

There are now ribbons in one box, stamps in another box and paper punches in the third. There are idea books and craft samples and other crafty doo-dads in the drawers.

Everything is neatly stored... and conveniently located!

There's no more running all over the house, gathering up items to create something. It's all in one place!

Now, THAT's neat!


  1. Hahaha! I remember back when all my stamping stuff fit in one small cabinet! Now it takes up an entire room! Beware, that stuff grows when it is left alone in the dark!

  2. Oh; I can't understand how you can keep things so organized! All of my things for crafts are around the flat, in different boxes, and the cabinet I have is too full, you can't get anything in or out :D

    Anni (jekkuanni swap-bot)

  3. My daughter is a neat freak and I am not. Go figure! Love this blog and all of your neat tips.

    Jill (Swap-bot/jillysstuff2010)

  4. I will be using some of your tips to help keep my own home neat and organized. I myself am organized but my Fiance and our 2 little boys are not.

    Craftymom85- blog me up baby

  5. I am good at organizing but staying organized is a different story! Love your ideas! Danajeanward from swap-bot

  6. I'm very much a neat freak too! this blog is fun :) I'll be following both your blogs :)

    xoxo Tarah/MissThundercat
    Here via Blog me up baby - a blogger follower swap

  7. Looks great! I hope it lasts for you. We didn't have any closets that could hold my craft stuff, so my husband built me 8 shelves in the living room where I do my crafts. I used plastic bins like you did and rolling storage bins, but still I have clutter! lol

    blog me up baby swap on swapbot

  8. Omg! You're blog is going to help me out so much i can so tell!!!

    Ichigoshortcake on sb xxxxxxx

  9. I really wish my home was that organized!!

    Your blog is definitely going to continue being inspiration for decluttering the apartment!

    - Raye
    xxpenguinscanflyxx - SwapBot... Blog Me Up, Baby!

  10. Please please come tidy up my space!!!


  11. Well, I am re-posting my comment, I don't know why, but I am not seeing it among these 11:(
    As a crafty person, I have a mess to clean after myself (always) and when the brush does it faster that's even better! Also, I have few ideas on how to use this tool in my craft projects (I have few in mind).
    I am your follower and I have mentioned your Giveaway on my Blog

    Have a great day!
    A&J (Alexandra and Julia) Swap-bot

  12. I love the way you organize your stuff and I really learned from it. I should have my own de-cluttering soon! LOL

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  13. i love your blog! this post speaks to me especially. i'm a total slob and a pack rat. i need to follow you and use your tips to make my crafting area look like yours! :)


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