Hi there, Oddies! Nichole here to talk about my scrap room. A few years ago I set out to move my scrap space from the tiniest room in the house to the largest room in the house, the “basement” or ground floor with the garage. I moved all of my items and furniture down, but found a space that wasn’t quite accommodating and needed to be whipped into shape to fit my needs.
Without any money already set aside, I set out to shape up my scrap space on a very limited budget and outline just how I accomplished it.
Plan Your Space
Sit down and plan your space on paper. Use graph paper, get a rough outline of your room. Use it as an opportunity to plan out the exact furniture you want. Want that Ikea Kallax unit to hold your albums? Put it in. Dream big – want a comfy nook to put your feet up? Throw it in the corner.
Drawing a blank? Hop onto Pinterest or Youtube, look for room tours of others’ Scrapbook rooms to get inspired and see what works for other people. Sometimes the best ideas come from spaces that already working for other people.
Plan out everything you wanted and dream big – it may take a while but you really can make it happen with foreplanning. Work in colors, textures, and accents you love into your space – use those inspirations to find what you truly love and work them into the planning phase.
Moving into this space my furniture was mismatched, not fit for purpose, and in the case of a large desk – came with the house. There was also a blanket box, a piece of furniture that was way too heavy to move – so it sat there.
Shop Around BEFORE a Sale
Look at the furniture that you want for your space now. Before a sale, write those prices down in a note or – since I wanted the ability to keep my notes on the go, in an Evernote note. You’ll want to keep a price of the item before a sale – then you can compare whether or not it’s relly a deal. Use this time as a prep work for buying your ideal items – see what the prices are now and put away a little bit of money at a time to prepare.
Wait for a Sale to Spend
Try to only shop during a significant sale. Using the prices you gathered previously, you can see if that 50% off really was 50% – or it’s just a 30% off since they may have risen the price to deepen the discount to get shoppers into the door.
Refer back to your inspirations while you’re shopping. If what you’re buying doesn’t mesh with your inspirations of your ideal craft space – is it rally worth it?
Make it Social!
Even if you have a small space, making room for others to join you can turn your solitary crafting experience into something more social. Even just one chair can allow someone to stop by, talk, or join you in crafting. If you don’t have room for people – make a space for your pet to join you nearby. Animals crave your companionship but you need to make a comfortable space for them in your area.
Reorganize Your Supplies based on Needs
Use the overall process of overhauling your scrap space to finally get organized. Group like items with like! Products are easier to find if they’re grouped together and according to your needs. Need to color and want portability? Build yourself a coloring cart from an Ikea Raskog cart.
Want to Start Small?
Is this all too much? Want to start small and make a big change? Use a checklist to help you start small and create a routine for cleanup, sorting, and binning your excess. The lovely folks at Club Creating Keepsakes have workouts for you to change the organisation of your scrap space just by following their checklists.
Thanks for reading and hope that this empowers you to shape up your scrap space too!