Last week, I left off showing you the embarrassing basement. Not very organized and not the kind of place I was enjoying. Here are a few pix of the mess after I rearranged. You see, the way I organize...it's going to get REAL messy before it starts to look better. When I'm organizing, purging is a must. Therefore, while I was doing this project, there was a large trash bin and a box for a garage sale, at the ready.
I'm going to break down the shelving unit since this is what took me so long to organize and it is the home to all things crafty! This top shelf has two bins from Target ($6.99 each) that has keepsakes that the Hubby and I want to keep. Next to that is a bin full of cards, ranging from Birthday, thank you's and blank cards...all purchased from the dollar bins at Target. I tend to grab one or two when they have them because we use them a lot! The three white containers are from IKEA (I love that place but don't have one near me so I enlisted my two wonderful Aunts to pick me up a grocery list of items from there over Thanksgiving...thanks again AJ and AT!!!). These are actually plant pots. But, I'm using them to keep my writing utensils warm and cozy. They are very inexpensive (I believe $3/pot) and I'm sure will be used for a multitude of things over time. Behind that I have my tray of paint, glue adhesives and brushes (more on that Thursday).
For the organizing supplies, I used a combination of items we already had and a few new items as well. I know that organizing supplies (tubs, totes, baskets, containers) can be expensive, but you can also make due with what you've already got or hit up places like the Dollar Store or Target's dollar bins (the metal buckets in the shelving unit are from Target dollar bins, they were $2.50 each so I spent a total of $10 on all 4). I tend to move organizing items around the house when re-organizing happens, sometimes a bucket or a bin will just work better somewhere else.
The file cabinet that I had been using for all my crafting supplies and our filing, has now been emptied and is used for office supplies and filing. All my crafting items are now within the lovely shelves that you see here. So far, I'm loving how accessible everything is and I'm back to enjoying my little nook in the basement!