Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words may be encouragement to them. Ephesians 4:29b

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lost in Creative Space: Part III - Order with Pop!

Welcome back!  If this is your first time visiting or viewing my first blog post series, you can easily catch up on Part I (furniture) and Part II (paint) of the series in just a few minutes!  Now, on to organization... 

Today's post will show you how I created some much-required order to my new space.  In creating a creative space, knew I would need multiple bins, drawer organizers, file boxes, bins and buckets for all my craft/office supplies and tools, party decor and paper goods.  To date, I had mainly used the bookshelves, my upstairs guest room or coat closet to store things.  It was time to utilize my shelves and furniture the right way.  In addition to organization, I wanted to add a color to the room that popped with my new walls and furniture.  It's important to note:

Since hubby was moving his work-related books/needs to his new space, the shelving space doubled!   After moving my bulky photo albums to another room, I now had ample organization space.  My love for hot pink combined with the Target Dollar Spot was like a dream come true.  Multiple hot pink items similar to these at $1-$2.50 when on a budget made organization easy and stress-free!

I used the silverware trays for my desk drawers and the buckets and boxes for supplies.  Check out my now-organized shelves! 

Interested in a "before" shot of what these shelves were like?  Just click here.  In addition to the Target boxes & buckets, I got 6 of those great striped baskets for a steal at $3ea from our closing Toys R Us!  Note: I save jars for various purposes. :)

As for my furniture, I cleaned out and reorganized my drawers and inside cabinets.  I was able to move my printer from the bookcase to inside my hutch cabinet on a great pull-out shelf (not sure why I never noticed it).  I also moved my router to make a new found a home for my ugly sewing machine that is now no longer under my feet!  I found stackable organizers (in 3s) at Big Lots and hot pink baskets on clearance at Ross and Michael's.  TJ Maxx had cool spinning desktop organizers and I got square vases from Ikea.  (Made good use of some jars, too!)  These new items (below) ranged from $1-$6 each!

Lastly, I can't leave out my infamous first piece of organization - the Ribbon Rack!  This newly-painted, upcycled CD rack has saved major space by holding loads of ribbon for gifts and diaper cakes. I prefer this rack over ribbon rods because the rolls are handy to grab, use and toss. 

It feels so great to have everything in in its own place!  I no longer feel overwhelmed when doing work or projects.  Everything is easily accessible and not in another room upstairs or in an over-stuffed closet.  I also love that I was able to organize using a fun accent color to play off my green and black colors.  It was inexpensive, easy and exciting to add!

As we get closer to the end of my first blog series, I will be sharing a few finishing touches to the room and a finale of requisite room makeover "before and after" shots that we all love.  I can't wait to share my final additions to the space with you!  Thank you for your support and all the blog love shares, FB Likes, Pins of this series or Clearly Candace, in general! :)

With a little organization, a place was prepared for my many things.  With those italicized words being today's topic, I am reminded of a wonderful truth for all who believe in Jesus.  He comforts His disciples with these words:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14 1:4

Thanks for visiting!

With Him in mind,


  1. I love the CD rack for a ribbon holder. It looks easy to use and easy to see exactly what you have in stock without having to dig through bins and boxes.

    I make towel cakes, diaper cakes and gift baskets, so my work area is very cluttered, but somewhat accessible to work in. I love what I do and am always looking for new and better working ideas!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Relda Engelmann


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