March 8, 2012

Armoire Before and After... The Pretty!

Ahh.. it is done!  
The crazy tornado is gone {well at least moved up stairs} and all is in order again!


Before: 
{which I just realized I never showed you... wait for it}



Super scary, right?

This armoire has been used for a sort of catch all for my sewing, craft, home decor projects; as well as, anything related to my business.  Since I have started sewing {just over a year ago} I have acquired A LOT of fabric.  And along with sewing comes all of the other stuff needed to sew!  Mix that in with the 10 different adhesives, all of the acrylic paints and brushes, and my every growing stock pile of welt.. it was time to make a place for everything and keep everything in it's place!







Since I didn't want to ruin the wood of the armoire with nails, I installed a couple of temporary shelves to maximize my storage.  {I will show you a tutorial soon!}  As always I tried to used what I already had on hand.  I did however have to buy some containers for all of the sewing do dads.  I inherited my mom's sewing box and it was defiantly seen better days!  I also had to purchases the wire shelving unit {PS the one from Ikea was too big... so it will be going somewhere else} to house all of the folded fabric.  But,  I used a lazy suzan from my pantry to corral all of my glues and adhesives.  











I took Carmel's tip from a few days ago and tried to make it pretty!  I framed a few of my favorite fabrics and used some of my favorite containers to hold things on display.  I am so happy with the way it looks I don't want to close the doors!  And now I can just glance in the cabinet to see if I need to pick up a zipper or some welting, instead of just buying because I didn't want to look for it in that mess!

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This tip is brought to you by Shauna from Satori Design for Living

I've learned a number of great organizing tips over the years, but the best advice I have for anyone is to create a designated place for everything and label, label, label. In my home, the areas where I've taken the time to create a proper organizing system seem to require the least amount of effort to keep neat and tidy.


Years ago my desk was a constant mess until I invested in a desk with a file drawer, as well as a number of beautiful boxes with lids to hold supplies (especially the unsightly items). I've created a category (hanging folder) and several subcategories (file folders) that are all labeled clearly, making papers easy to retrieve and put away. All of the decorative boxes in my office are clearly labeled as well.






My pantry often turns out to be the topic of humor when friends and family visit because of the degree of organization I've implemented. I know it may be a bit overboard, but planning meals and creating a grocery list are a breeze. I can easily see what we have and what we need by glancing at the bins. My family can also help unpack groceries, since it's labeled in such a way that makes it dummy proof (not implying anything here!).




Organizing systems can work anywhere in your home. In my closet I always keep bins handy for sorting clothing to be donated or to take to consignment. If something is starting to look shabby, doesn't fit well or I've merely grown tired of it, it goes in one of the bins.








I can't say I have every corner in my home properly organized, but I'll eventually get there. For me, having an organized home helps minimize my stress and seeing things neat and tidy makes me happy. If you need help getting your paper clutter under control, check out the free guide I've created called Conquering the Paper Trail.


Alright Shauna... you are making us all look bad!!!!  Now where is my label maker?!?!

17 comments:

Erin (Out on a Limb) said...

I swooned a little over your armoire and over Shauna's pantry. I have some systems in place, but I can relate so much to your armoire before picture. I just cleaned out and reorganized my kids craft/coloring drawer last night and feel so much lighter!

Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

modern jane said...

I want/need one of those to organize the supplies I've gathered.. I hate trucking down to the basement all the time!

Lauren said...

This looks so good! I'm sure it will make life easier now that you know where everything is. My sewing closet is a disaster zone right now, and this has inspired me to put it back near the top of the list of things to organize in the near future :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oooh so much better! and i am still thinking of my tip... but i will come up with one, i know it! :)

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Glad to see things settled down enough to get the armoire done. It looks fabulous, as I knew it would! Thanks for having me!

pam {simple details} said...

Brilliant idea to customize the armoire to fit your needs! It's the perfect solution for sewing/craft supplies! And, pretty too!

Great tips, Shauna!

Melissa said...

I know it make a huge difference when everything is organized! When I am in the process of organizing my craft closet area, I love it when I find stuff that I forgot about! Oh and I am completely jealous of that Chiang Mai Fabric I see in your armoire!! I have hounding ebay for either the pillows in the aquamarine colorway or a remanant piece! :0)

Melissa

mrsmberry@hotmail.com

Kimberly said...

Love it! I started organizing my craft supplies last weekend and then I got side tracked with a project. The good news: Now I have a project that didn't cost me more money! The bad news: I'm not very good at sticking to one thing until its finished! Ha. Love the prints you put inside.

amy walters said...

Love the way you've organized and styled this wardrobe. I can't wait to have a free weekend to tackle some of my closets. Sigh, maybe by the time the snow melts! Haha....Cheers!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Take a bow Tiffany! Your cabinet looks great, love the idea of framing fabric too! Shauna tips are also great, I will have to check out her blog :)

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

Looks great Tiffany! My favorite part is how you framed swatches of beautiful fabric. Now, you could open the doors, pull up a chair, and just sit and stare at your newly organized space, like a little work of art!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

Your armoire looks great! But, I love looking at "before" pics of messy spaces, because it makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who lets things get a bit out of control. It also gives me hope and inspiration that I CAN get those crazy spots organized. Now, maybe I need to buy a label maker?!?!

Elyse said...

Yikes. I have a cabinet with supplies that looks just like your "before" picture. Thanks for the inspiration...I think...

Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living said...

I love that you added the framed fabric. You inspire me to get my armoire organized (hmmm...maybe not). BTW, it's going to be 60 in Seattle today (and today only) so I'm going to spray paint all the projects I've been saving up. I'm so excited.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

OMG, you are making me jealous with all of those wonderful fabrics all lined up and ready to use! The armoire looks great! Fab job!!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Your armoire turned out great! I love that you made it pretty inside too. That's the thing about crafting and sewing - all the oodles of stuff!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Great tips! I love labeled organization and try to implement it in my home wherever I can!