Guest Contributor Julie Mehigan

create places we loveWe all need to create spaces we love. I need a place in the house where I am able to be alone and create. I have three daughters and our house isn’t tiny but it’s not big either, so there aren’t many places to hide. Those of you with children know all about this!

I love to sew and play around with my fabrics and dream of things I wish I had time to make and sew. My “studio” is in our guest room, so there isn’t a lot of room for the creative process. But there is a great closet.

Creating a Craft Closet with Elfa from The Container Store

First, I took the doors off the closet (in the garbage they went), and made a curtain that matched the headboard I made for the bed. I took the measurements of the closet to The Container Store. They helped me design the space and all I had to do was swipe my credit card, bring it home and put it all together. I didn’t have the need for any installation, but they will install a system if you want to pay for that service.

The system I chose is basically three sets of drawers of different sizes with laminate tops. I sorted all my beloved fabrics, ribbons and notions by type – vintage, large pieces, batting etc., and labeled the drawers. Small plastic bins were labeled and used for the smaller items.

I find it best to use bins that are see-through and have lids so you can stack them. I also like to label two sides of my bins just in case I reorganize and need to have the bins face a different way. The framework for a neat and organized closet is all there. The only problem, as with any organization approach, is the maintenance. That is where I can sometimes get stuck. When I’m in that favorite space I just want to be creating and, of course, quietly hiding. Since the space doubles as a guest room, I am more motivated to keep the space guest-ready.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”  – William Morris