Home is Where the Art Is
Hobbyists create rooms in which to create.
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“I found eight Stanley measuring tapes because he bought a new tape every time he couldn’t find one,” she says.
Jessee established designated shelves for tools and clearly labeled drawers for nails, screws and other smaller items. A pegboard on the wall is another easy, inexpensive way to store tools so the hobbyist can immediately identify what he or she needs for the job.
And if you want to make the system goof proof, outline each tool with a Sharpie to let everyone know “this tool goes here.”
“Look at vertical space,” Jessee advises. “Instead of letting things creep out over the floor, think about tall shelving.”
Also consider revving up rooms that get little traffic. She organized a seldom-used guest bath in a condominium into a tidy, efficient hobby room for a crafter.
“It had great light, running water and a shower stall that was perfect for shelving,” she says. “The homeowner rarely used that extra bathroom—but she enjoys the craft space at least three days a week.”
5 Tips for Your Hobby Room
1 A place for everything—and everything in its place. Organize small items in specialized drawers and compartments. Stow larger items in see-through plastic bins or clearly marked cartons or baskets.
2 Think ergonomically. Do you sit or stand when you work on your scrapbooks? Consider tables and chairs that can be raised or lowered to accommodate the job at hand. Add task lighting so you can clearly see when you are working with power tools.
3 Looking for specialized storage? Shop for cabinetry at kitchen showrooms and big box stores. Look for pieces that are outfitted with compartments, lazy Susans and other amenities that enhance accessibility. Also consider professional closet organization systems.
4 Repurpose common household items. A spice rack can hold small containers of paint and glitter. A toolbox with trays and compartments can be used to organize jewelry-making supplies.
5 Air it out. Choose a space with a window or some sort of ventilation system. The fumes from glue, paint or petroleum-based products can be toxic.