I have a love/hate relationship with the concept of being an “organized” person. Often times, I catch myself envying my ultra-organized friends, drooling over their spotless kitchens, wishing one morning I would wake up and take on a similar persona. Don’t let the Insta feed fool you, just out of frame, there is a pile of stuff. When I’m feeling down, I remind myself that although there isn’t a single piece of perfectly folded laundry in my bedroom dresser, but here, where I work, I’ve established a very specific system for how we display our washi tape. Maybe, I’m able to channel my desire to organize in the studio simply because it’s not my home. Or, maybe it’s the lack of small children bustling in every which way that allows me to get it done. For whatever reason, I feel good about the studio space heading into 2019 and am excited to share a few ways I’ve consolidated the chaos, with the assistance of the team, a trusted friend, and my finely honed Cricut skills. Who knows, maybe this year I’ll make some progress at home too?!
I’ve thought a lot about how we at Wit & Delight offer advice in hopes of helping readers live better, my opinions often sway back and forth on how and what to communicate. See, I’ve always been a firm believer in taking one’s own natural instincts into consideration when making choices. So, trying to tell someone how to organize something as specific as, say, their creative workspace seems fruitless. It’s just too personalized… niche even.
However, when someone as disorganized as myself can find a solution for her chaos, I can’t help but yearn to share how a b-type like me can find pleasure in activities a-types have all declared a religion: finding a dedicated home for everything.
Though I’m more of a find-a-drawer-and-shove-it-in kind of gal, I do believe messy spaces can hinder a rooms ability to promote restoration and peace, especially when it comes to the office. So, how does one find the flexibility to be organized to the point of keeping a tidy space without having to maintain an elaborate organization system? Well, I’m working on that answer. What I can share with you are a couple of F-U-N ways you can spice up your creative space, in that right-brained kind of way.
Now for the right-brain part of this post. Thanks to our partnership with Cricut, we’ve developed some lovely options for customizing this simple, yet out-of-the-box, organization system with your own personal touch. Follow along and see the three projects I’ve designed and developed for WD readers and Cricut Design Space users to create themselves. I’ve listed step-by-step instructions as well as the materials used, but don’t be afraid to get creative and put your own personal spin on it!
A few things to consider before beginning… take in mind the color palette of your space and any different materials that might pair nicely. What would your shelf look like if you mixed and matched our bin patterns? What about using just one and making an interesting pattern through repetition? When we have certain constraints, the opportunities to make creative choices can be easier because we are not paralyzed by endless options.
Now, for the projects!!!
Hanging Leather Envelope
This DIY is incredibly simple to make but looks like something you’d buy in a boutique. We used the Cricut Maker, Deep-Point Blade, and Cricut’s Genuine Leather to create this simple hanging envelop that is perfect for cards, mail, or other smaller items. The dieline comes without holes dedicated for hooks, so you can hang as you please. We used hooks from IKEA to fasten it to our IKEA pegboard and a leather tooling device to punch clean holes where the hooks needed to be placed.
Visit Design Space to make this project.
Custom Number Art
We made these stylish numbers to organize just about anything! No need to worry about selecting a font; you can scale the artwork to fit the application and you’re good to go. Consider using art with iron-on vinyl to apply to fabric bins for an elevated look. We keep cardstock in our magazine holders. The numbers are correlated to the weight of the paper, which makes it pretty easy to keep our shelves looking uniform. Plus, the graphic numbers work as a sort of decor element, too.
Visit Design Space to make this project
Three Surface Patterns for 10″ x 10″ Storage Bins
These patterns were inspired by block prints that are traditionally applied to fabric. You can use these templates any way you like, with any kind of color combinations you prefer. We stuck with natural materials and a minimal color palette to keep with the decor in our studio space, but these patterns would look so lovely in a cream/navy/gold palette, or perhaps in a green/pink/gold combination.
Shop the Organization:
We used a super affordable organization system available at IKEA and a few items from Target to create the foundation for our renovated creative space. Because I do everything from painting to mocking up projects, from packaging shipments to creating jewelry, I have an absurd amount of little tools, materials, and THINGS. These items need to be within reach, easy to quickly grab and even easier to put away. This back wall was always meant to be home base for all creative projects and 18 months later, we’re finally here.
What project do you like best!? What solutions would you like us to tackle in regards to finding storage solutions that are easy to maintain but look stylish in the home?
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BY Kate Arends - January 16, 2019
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.