MOM CAVE DECORATING IDEAS ON A BUDGET
The pure thought of organizing and going through all of your crafting goodies in your craft room can be really overwhelming. Figuring out where to place everything, purging items that you will not use and redecorating an entire room or space on top everything is just too much to mentally handle.
Nevertheless daydreaming of a beautiful craft room and mom cave is always in the back of your mind. You know you can achieve it! You just have to get started!
I am sharing how I tackled the craft room clutter once and for all with 7 Steps To Knockout Craft Room Organization & Mom Cave Inspiration. Beating the overwhelm and creating a space that I love to walk into each and every day. Let’s get started!
Sorting and Purging
Once you have a chosen space to have for your craft room or area. Figure out what needs to be done first in the space before moving on to something else.
It could be simple things like folding laundry, picking trash off the floor, vacuuming the floor, dusting, straighten old papers or books or etc. Tackling the obvious clutter instantly makes your space seem more manageable and less overwhelming.
There was trash left from my kids, blankets that did not have a home and piles of old papers that needed to be shredded. Just seeing all of that made me just want to close the door and create a totally different craft space in another area of our home.
I actually did that! I have a video (click here) that you can watch how I first had my craft and office area in our hallway. Utilizing any space as always been my motto.
Once you have gotten the obvious task that needs to be done, we are going to come back to sorting and purging in just a few.
Mapping Your Space Out
The best thing that helped me with beating the overwhelm was dividing the room into areas (or sections). That way I could focus on one area and task at a time. This gave me a mental block of everything else in the room.
I know what you’re saying…, “Hope, How can I forget about the clutter around me”? It was tough most days, honestly. But looking at the progress that I made thus far in that one area helped me to continue on.
It gave me something to look forward to…the end result!
When mapping out your space:
Figure out what is needed in your space.
How will you use your space?
How much space do you have?
Utilize all of your space with organization storage
In my mom cave, I divided my room up into sections.
Those sections were:
Planner Corner, Scrapbook Area, Crafting corner, Office Area, Craft Closet, Filming Station and Lounging Area.
Focusing on one area at a time made it easier to purge, organize and clean the space. Working in small areas helps you feel accomplished with the progress you made little by little each day.
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Organize By Function
When organizing your space, always keep in mind the size and shape of your item.
How will you use your craft item?
Will you use it quite often? Then maybe it should be within reach.
Do you like your items on display or within a drawer?
In my mom cave, I like to display my planners, notebooks, and journal on bookshelves.
Scrapbook paper on divided shelves or in plastic storage boxes (from Michaels).
Stamps are on display using a clear over the door shoe organizer and mini desk drawers.
Decorative storage boxes, bins or baskets to store small or like items: ribbons, stationery items, die cuts
Jars, bottles (old spice jars), canisters (from Dollar Tree) to hold glitter, buttons, embellishments. I collected my small jars over the years because I knew I could display some of my chunky glitters and embellishments. It was a headache to see them bunch together in a bin but I am so glad that I did.
When organizing the craft closet in my mom cave using bins and plastic storage containers to store and organize all of my craft supplies.
Several furniture pieces in the mom cave I had in other areas of my home at one time. I was not ready to give the items up, so I thought I would repurpose or revamp the furniture by painting the pieces to it desired colored.
One of the furniture revamps was the TV armoire that I once had in our family room downstairs. I had a vision for my mom cave decor inspiration before it became into full forwishen.
I have this new love affair with Waverly chalk paint from Walmart. So for the TV armoire, I chose to paint it the color Ivory. It took about 2-3 coats to paint it. It is up too you if you like to use a protective wax to protect it from scratches and dirt.
I had a really great desk but it was just the wrong color for my craft room. So I decided to paint it and I am so glad I did instead of purchasing a new desk.
Spray painting is also an option of whether it is home decor or furniture.
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Shop Sales & Thrift Stores
When there were certain items that I wanted to purchase in my craft room. I waited patiently for a sale for those items to come around. If you are familiar with the sales with any store, or a craft store the items go on sale quite often. They may go on sale every other week or every couple of weeks or every month.
For example; I knew I wanted the 9 cube organizer to keep my planners organized. I took note of the sales for a couple of weeks and wanted for the lowest price to purchase the organizer.
Thrift Stores are great to find unique pieces for your mom cave/craft room. Also, a good opportunity to find furniture and decor for your space at a lower price compared to retail value.
I found this pretty pegboard from the local habitat of humanity store. It was custom made from a worker at the store which made it unique and perfect for my space. This was another piece that I knew would be great for my mom cave inspiration beforehand.
So be sure to keep an eye out for shelves, desk, cabinetry, and tables just to name a few that you can repaint or revamp in your space.
Take Your Time
I took my time purging, organizing, shopping, revamping and making my space functional for me. I did not worry about how long it took me. Although the mess and clutter bothered me many days the process of working on one section at a time gave me the momentum that I needed to see each day to know that I made progress. I have a post about my scrapbook area and planner space (click here to read more about each space in detail).
Taking your time gives you the freedom to not feel pressured to purchase everything at one time. You can still organize, clean and purge that area of your craft room until you can afford to purchase that desk, bookshelf, craft storage organizer or etc. Just continue to make progress within your room.
Taking your time gives you the opportunity to find or purchase meaningful and purposeful items that tell a story within your space. I have a love for angel wings. The angel wings represent the remembrance of my grandparents and the angel babies. The remembrance of all of them makes me happy and especially in a creative space.
Step Back and Analyze
Take a moment, step back and get a good look at your space. Ask yourself does it work? Is it functional? Is it your style?
Think about where certain things should be placed in your craft room. I even thought about the best place to put my trash can within the room.
Where should your desk be arranged? In front of a window or facing the door?
This is my favorite and last step whenever making over a space. Looking over the space making sure it has its full functional potential. Is it clean and organize?
Does it have the decorative flair that you desire? Should you move something around? Does your decor match up with the scale of the room (or furniture)?
In my Mom Cave room inspiration, I was going for a shabby chic glam look with a collection of my favorite things. Your style may be clean lines, minimalist or bright colors.
Do what works for you and your space!
If it needs to be switched or arranged do not be afraid to do so. I tend to stay stuck in my thinking on how it should stay the very first time I arrange something. But do not be afraid to experiment with your space and your imagination.