Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 3 – Organization!

This week on the Creative Spaces blog hop, we are discussing organization. This is one of those topics where I realize that sometimes my perfection stands in the way of me being as organized as I should. I can be an all-or-nothing type person: if I can’t organize every last bit, I’ll let everything fall into disarray, LOL!! You can see that here in my “before” pic about my sewing room cleanup!

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For my stop this week, I thought it would be fun to share my wish list for the things I want to get to help me be more organized in my sewing room. The last time I did a major renovation of my creative space was back in 2013 and it’s high-time for another one!

They recently built an Ikea here in Las Vegas and the sad thing is I haven’t been yet. In fact I’ve NEVER even stepped foot in one, but I’m planning and scheming and making a shopping list of things I want to get to make my sewing room a little more organized.

Drawer Unit

First up is this set of drawers. I think it will fit nicely in the space underneath my sewing table.
In the older picture below (which was before I got my new fancy sewing machine), there’s a spot under the table to my left where I think these drawers would fit perfectly.

When I first got my sewing desk way back in 1999 or 2000 it came with an option to add a set of drawers there. The biggest regret I have is not making that purchase back then. I don’t even remember the brand of table it is and sadly, the shop I bought it from is long gone.

Sewing Table

This older image was from before my first sewing room redo in 2013.

Next up, I’ve been checking out Pinterest and Google for ideas on making a customized cutting table. The basic idea is to get 2-3 shelving units with wheels and put them together, then add a piece of wood on top. I need it to be mobile because it would go in the center of my space and I’d need to move it out of the way when we do photography.

ikea shelving unit

Here’s one possible shelving unit above that would work. This will definitely take more time and research, but just like any large project, that’s part of the fun, right?

Finally, the biggest purchase I’ll need to make is some larger shelving units that can fit end to end along one wall of my room. I’ve been getting recommendations that lots of folks really like the Billy Bookcases from Ikea, and this image from their site has piqued my interest:

Billy Bookcases from Ikea

Image from Ikea

So those are the 3 major things I want to purchase for my sewing room to make it more organized and usable. I’m in the very early stages of planning and I know it will take time and money to make this happen, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how it’s going!

Be sure to check out all of the other stops on the hop for additional ideas on how you can organize your own creative space!

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17 thoughts on “Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 3 – Organization!

  1. JudyWilhelm says:

    You are goong to LOVE IKEA!!! I have to go there once a year even if I dont have a shoppong list. Plan on lunch!!😊😊😊

  2. Dawn says:

    All great ideas. I might steal some or all of them when I have more space. I’m currently sharing space with my adult daughter and we both quilt which means lots of projects “in progress”, big fabric stashes and disorganized supplies.

  3. Stephanie says:

    OMG, how do you live without an Ikea in your city? Hahaha. We go there just to walk in the summer when it’s raining and in the winter when it’s too cold. Billy is definitely the way to go. (The glass doors are heavy on their own, so watch out.) Besta if you have the space and want something deep.

  4. Catherine says:

    Hi Christa
    All my cabinets and tables came from STOREHOUSE…if you are too young then you may have to look them up. They were before IKEA and the other trendy companies in business now. Also heavy and made well.
    The table top slabs are in stackable cubes that lock together. Some have shelves, drawers and doors.
    The tops are thick and can hold a lot of fabric…lol
    If anyone finds these (even in a garage sale) you should get them! The company was based in Atlanta GA.
    The bookcases have nice doors with knobs.
    The furniture was meant for homes mostly but we bought them for our office.

  5. Mary says:

    Be sure and check the weight limit for each shelf as books are heavy as is fabric. Also, check the depth of the shelving units.

  6. Teresa Golding says:

    Hi Christa, I live east of Melbourne and I love the Ikea set ups, I have one wall in my sewing room that is end to end Ikea Billy bookshelves. They’re not too expensive, and as some of the shelving is adjustable, very handy. I recommend you take a trip there! and they have so much more!!! Enjoy, and thanks for your blog, very informative. Cheers, Teresa

  7. lindanelsonfilek says:

    I have admired the Billy Bookcases from Ikea as well but right now I love my fabric storage. I am using antique glass fronted library cases. They look pretty filled with all my fabric hoard. The only problem is they are getting full. I need to get some sewing done so I have room for more!

  8. Susan Shaw says:

    Good luck in finding exactly what you want. I’m sure your needs are different than mine. I have no idea where there is an IKEA store near me. I just use what I have right now. I need to downsize on what I have. I have so much quilting fabric that I will never use it all in my lifetime.

  9. K Yee says:

    I have shopped Ikea for 30+ years and have lots of it in our home. Billy bookcases are great but depending on space you have available and the intended items to do on the shelves you may not find them deep enough. We use them in our living room and have some open, some with glass doors and a shorter unit with solid doors. One caution when assembling — be sure to have them anchored to the wall before you open the doors. The glass doors are heavy and we nearly had the whole thing come tumbling down on our heads many years ago.

    • Vivian says:

      Kyee, I was thinking the same thing — While I have Billy bookcases in my living room that store mostly books, in my quilt space I use the (open sided) IVAR storage units. The 12″ deep shelves are the right depth for storage boxes and fabric and the 19″ deep shelves are great for storing batting and extra machines. You can also add sections with solid doors. However, know that it’s all unfinished wood so if you want color you will have to paint or stain them. I admit I’ve long wanted to do that but have had them for years and never gotten around to unloading all my shelves in order to get that done!

  10. Caryn S says:

    I have 3 of the Alex cabinets you’re looking at. I love them for my tools, rulers, papers. I have 2 under my LA and one near my sewing machine under my cutting table. I also have the Kallax shelves for my books, precuts fabric in bins, and my pantos (using the X insert).

  11. Joey says:

    Just decide what kind of storage you need. Ikea is a great place to visit and take measurement. Since I had to downside to a small 2 bedroom apt (730 sq ft), I really like making those mini bolts from Elmer’s foam core cutting them to 8″x11″. They fit perfectly on bookcases and you can see what you have!. Good luck in your shopping, it is what we do best!

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