Aug 26, 2009

Introducing...

... The Stash Cabinet! Most of my stash is now unpacked and organized. Woo Hoo! (Can I claim THAT as a big happy dance?!?)

Here's an overall vew with the doors open:

On top are boxes I got for free at the local Aldi Foods. I covered the boxes and lids with adhesive paper I had laying around. These boxes store (top row) aida, linens/evenweaves-small pieces, linens/evenweaves-large pieces, (bottom row) stitchables, kits-small & medium, kits-large.

Inside the armoire on the left side, I put my fabric tubes and boxes. I've labeled the ends of everything so I can easily see what I have. Fray check and Tacky Bob is in the little basket. The purple can is spray super adhesive. Sticky stuff! Way in the back are bottles of sewing machine oil.

On the right side, the gray thing is a nut & bolt cabinet with various size drawers. It stores glue sticks, beads, buttons, etc. On top of it are containers of glitter, paint, ink, and brads. To the right of the cabinet are various large kits (mostly asian themed and dimensions gold) organized in plastic magazine holders. There's also T-pins (in a prescription pill container), glitter glue, regular white glue, tacky glue, and clear adhesive glue. LOL, that's a lot of glue! The ribbons are from past fair entries.



I wanted to be able to put hooks on the inside of the armoire without damaging the wood or making them permanent. 3M has wonderful removeable hooks for this. They're great for lightweight items. (I tried the ones for picture frames and the pictures fell off the wall... not good!)




Drawer One:
More fabric, glitter, small ornament frames, crochet cotton (for lacing), plastic shoe box full of misc. threads and stitchy "stuff", mighty bright portable light (in brown zipper case).

Drawer Two:
Plastic bin of various packaged fabrics (on the left), kits, and craft batting (on the right).

Drawer Three:
Specialty Floss, JP Floss, plastic jar lids, and RIT dyes.


Drawer Four:
Full size glue gun, various tins and wood boxes.


Surprisingly, none of the drawers are packed full or overflowing with coveted stitchy stuff!

Even though it's not part of the armoire, I wanted to show what I did with the various rulers I use for crafting:

Again, I used the 3M removeable (small) hooks. They're perfect for the little holes at the end of yardstitcks and quilting rulers.

Edited: Melinda asked if the filing cabinet has charts in it. The answer is noooo. There is no stash whatsoever in it.

38 comments:

Moreen said...

It feels good to be organised and you have done a great job.Congratulations
I have just recently organised all my stitching and was pleased to have it sorted.
Take care.

Julie M said...

It all looks great Meari! I'll be doing the same thing when I get that far in the craft room! I was hoping this week but that doesn't look to be happening!
Thanks for sharing your organization ideas!

Gabi said...

It looks fantastic Maeri. What a great job done. And the cabinet is a beauty.

Kathy said...

Fantastic job. Love the armoir and it is perfect for craft supplis while looking great.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

WOW Meari! You are really getting organized.

Carolyn NC said...

Meari,
You are some organizer! It looks great and it's a perfect place to put all of your stash!

Carolyn said...

Meari,
You have been one busy lady with the organizing of your all your stash. I love the armoire idea and it is very pretty. Good job!

Lucy said...

Nice Job!!!! I'm so jealous!

Sadie said...

You are getting so much done Meari! So. When are you coming over to my house to help me? LOL
Send some of your organising mojo this way, I could use it this week.
Everything looks great :-)

Mel said...

That is just awesome Meari! :)

Debra said...

wonderful!!! It has to feel good to have that done and know where everything is now. So, how many boxes did you have?

Sabine S. said...

Wonderful! It looks beautiful on the outside and is oh so neat and organized on the inside! Let the inspiration to craft and stitch flow!
Sabine

Irene said...

Looks wonderful !

Alberta said...

Meari...I LOVE your craft armoire...simply brilliant how you have it arranged.

CJ said...

I just ready your last three entries and all I can say is "Wow, you have allot of stash." I am in awe. Doesn't if feel good to be organized. It all looks good. Take it easy and take care of those bruises.

CJ

Sewunicorn said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm so jealous.

And it's funny that your jukebox plug-in started playing Kryptonite, because seeing your organization madskillz definitely have me thinking you're Superman!!

Donna said...

Woo hoo! Looks great.

Stitching instead of cleaning said...

What a beautiful piece of furniture, very nicely refinished. Have been following your tale of picking it up for such a bargain, bet your glad its finished and organized.

~~~Melinda said...

Nice job!! I have to ask, is the 4drawer file cabinet full of CHARTS? I have an armoir I use for my cross stitch items as well. Mine just has 2 huge doors and a small shelf at top inside (like hat box) I bought the rolling plastic drawers and placed them inside...I would post pics, but it needs to be organized again really bad!!

Stitching instead of cleaning said...

Such a beautiful piece of furniture and a very good job of refinishing. What a bargain you found, why would anyone get rid of it. Enjoy

Rene la Frog said...

WOW....I'm impressed. Do you hire out, I sure could use your help getting organized.

Sandy In Montana said...

Great organizing job, Meari. I need to get into my room and get the extra stuff re-organized and put away. Oh, how quickly it can stack up.

Shari said...

your stash storage all looks wonderful!!! You did a great job with it all!!!!

Carol R said...

How organised you are! A beautiful armoire and put to a wonderful use!

J Rae said...

Looks great! I'm in the middle of trying to organize my stitchy stuff as well.

Daffycat said...

Woo! Awesome organization, Meari!

Kristin said...

OMG, I am so insanely jealous Meari. That is truly fabulous!

Mary said...

Great job organizing your new stash cabinet. Your stash is soooo organized. I hope I can get even close to being organized like that someday. I still have stuff all over the two upstairs rooms... one being my bedroom....lol.

Congrats!

Chars said...

I'm in awe at the amount of stash that you have :) Great organisation - it all looks great.

Nancy M said...

I've been to a few antique stores looking for a buy like this. I'll still have hope that I will find something. It must feel good to get things out of boxes and so well organized. You've accomplished a lot on vacation this week.

mbroider said...

You know what comes in my dreams now:) I love organising. Hope i get to put all my xs stuff in neat order pretty soon

stitcherw said...

Wow, it looks awesome. I love how your cabinet turned out, and your closet earlier. Your stash organization is amazing.
Sue

Spanish Princess said...

That cabinet is beautiful and what a great job you did! Organizing always makes me do a happy dance!

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

Wow Meari...I just love your Armoire...that is so neat and I just love how you have everything so well organized...LOL....

That is a good idea for your rulers and things like that...those hooks.

Take care & Happy Organizing...

CindyMae said...

Looks great, wish I had something like that for my stash but I don't even have room! LOL

Shelley - ILCS said...

This armoire is so impressive. I love what you've done with it both outside and in!!

glenda said...

All I can say is...wow!

Anonymous said...

You are so organized!!! My stuff is all so scattered right now. My goal is to get it all into the closet under the stairs. It will be convenient there and I can separate my scrapbooking supplies from my stitching supplies!

Pam K. :o)