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Art and craft storage plan

I am just about to commence a huge office do-over because I have wayyy too many arts and crafts supplies and wayyyy not enough storage. Currently I have scraps of paper floating around the room, pencils stuck in magazines, gocco prints in the filing cabinet and drawing paper sitting on my sewing machine…. and it’s driving me NUTS! The other day I cracked it and sat down and drew up a plan of what I’d like to solve the mayhem in my workspace.

Because I am one of those starving artist type people, I don’t have a couple of hundred dollars to drop on a lovely visit to Ikea to fill my lovely life with lovely Scandinavian things. I put out a twitter BOLO for a bookcase, sent my husband scrambling over ebay for local bargains and whinged to my mother about the whole kerfuffle. Nothing solves problems like whinging to your mother… she had a white Ikea Billy bookcase in the garage going unloved! So tonight we get to find out if it will fit in my little Hyundai, and I start my next search – for little boxey type things to organise everything on the shelves.


Square Tin Stack – AUD$12.95

I had initially thought about just cutting shoe boxes in half and reusing any card stock I had on hand to create the boxes. Then I found Smiggle! They have quite reasonably priced stackable boxes that would suit my purposes beautifully… here are a few more things that would organise my space better.


Round Tin Stack – AUD$8.95


A4 Medium Flat Tin – AUD$14.95


A4 Small Flat Tin – AUD$12.95


Wooden Pen Stand – AUD$9.95

I’m not getting paid to blog about Smiggle products, but hi Smiggle! Wanna pay me (in stationery!!!!) to blog about your products? :P

ETA!!! I decided to continue my small storage search on Ikea, crack for home makers. This is turning into a “wish list” now!

FIRA – AUD$22

DRÖNA – AUD$$7.95

POKAL – AUD$1.20 (For pens etc!)

TRIPP – AUD$12.95

TRIPP – AUD$6.95

12 comments

  1. I have found Bunnings to be pretty helpful storage wise. My partner gets those galv shelves that you put together. My fave purchase from them is a ‘bitzabox’ – a plastic rectangle box with adjustable plastic sections. Fabbo for my picture hooks, and bulldog clips, etc.
    I just feel like sharing with you … hope thats ok …
    I’ve got an old, old cane picnic basket that I use for my sewing basket. I’ve got two drawers (missing the cupboard) that I use for stationary. And I dug up my daggy highschool ringbinders, emptied them of useless math, etc and filled them up with projects! Feels good to finally put them to good use.
    Looking forward to seeing your solutions.

  2. Bunnings! I really like Bunnings but I never thought of them! I’ve never seen any of the container stuff there but I will definitely have a look next time we go!

  3. I admit I have a stationery fetish and a high level of tolerance for my own disorganisation, however I think you might have started a new addiction for me: storage crack :)

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