Storage Packed Craft Chest

Here is the post I promised last week, when I posted about my Craft Chest. This craft chest was more of a necessity than a luxury to keep things organized at home. See us on days when my daughter and I craft… the scene at our home resembles a tornado hit zone! I am a very visual person I have to see, and surround myself with, pretty crafty things for inspiration! Okay coming back to my storage packed craft chest…it houses quite a collection of my stuff. At 4 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­feet long, a centimeter less than a foot wide and at 2.2 feet of height, you may feel that there may not be much storage space. That is where the genius of this little storage work horse shines through!Craft Chest @ Hooked on Homes! (3)

Before you scroll down any more let me issue a disclaimer – It’s a picture HEAVY post!

Look at all the stuff that it stores!

The cabinet on the left has three glass shelves which are packed with my collection of threads, sewing & embroidery tools.

I have built my sequins collection since my college days, have my pocket-money went into hobby stuff. These assorted sequins come in handy not only in embroidery but I also use them for embellishing cards and other projects around our home. My daughter uses a lot of stuff from here for her School projects.

I picked up these hand crafted wood blocks years ago… from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Ranthambor. And I have used them to print on curtains, cushions, bedsheets, sarees, duppattas, lamp shades, rugs, paper, hands etc.

The last shelf in this cabinet takes care of (part of my collection) assorted colours and mediums. You see, most of my creative ramblings occur late at night hence I need to be well equipped to feed my creative cravings!

The line of four tiny but deep drawers in the center of the chest houses various tools, sheers, tassels, baubles, rivets, shells, raffia, decorative mirrors, glitter plus a whole load of other tiny trinkets and bells in the red cap jars!

The single drawer at the bottom of the right side(below the sewing machine compartment) has rulers, punches and tapes.

My sewing machine is neatly stored in the right side of the this chest, safe from dust. There is enough space after the sewing machine is placed for a wicker carry-all basket for sewing on the go!

Now you know why I can’t let go of this storage packed craft chest from my sight! And since it is disguised as any other chest, I have kept it in our master bedroom! Eccentricities I tell you! But if it brings happiness and tremendous sense of satisfaction then why not! What say?

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My Horribly Cluttered Basement!

This post is more like my diary entry than a regular post. It’s going to be a reminder for me to gather courage to start working on the clutter that has been sitting in our basement…so far I have pretended that it doesn’t exist! When we shifted here, all our stuff was stored in this partial space of the basement, as we gradually set up our home. Now this is the left over stuff, mostly empty boxes, cartons, crates and some mindlessly hoarded stuff! Just take a look at the photos and you will know what I mean!Hooked on Homes (1) Hooked on Homes (2) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4)  Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) My head spins every time I look at these photos…don’t even ask how I feel when I go down to the basement! So, today I promise myself, to do up this space in 3 months time. A little detail about the area that I am talking about; its approximately 800 sq.ft. Initially the target was to finish it by Diwali this year but I don’t think I would be able do it…with my full-time teaching job, my children and home front…it will not be fair on anybody. I will be realistic and I will take my time and try to finish this project by 20th December this year… I have postponed it for more than a year now. Having promised myself, let me list out what all is to be done:

  • Getting rid of all that is not needed.
  • Storing things that are required only a couple of times in a year.
  • Organising the stored items.
  • Painting the space (walls only)
  • Scrubbing and cleaning the space (it’s in a bad shape)
  • Re-organising the space into a utility area for either art/craft area, study area or prep it up for a rental.
  • Decorating the space (now it looks like a junk room)

All this in the same order, should everything goes as planned and if there aren’t any DIY disasters!

I know I have set myself up for a challenging task. I hope I will be able to do it… in time. I have set the reverse ‘day’ timer on my laptop! So here I am, requesting all my friends and all the DIY stalwarts of the blogging world to help me with this project…give me a direction  ‘coz this time I will be tackling this project all alone…hubby out of town 🙁 🙁 🙁 I am in dire need of  your inputs, suggestions, tips, ideas, shortcuts and of course a lot of morale boosting!

As of today; Days Left to Complete the Project (DLTCP) – 104!!!

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