In my dream scenario, I have a craft room with a locking door.
I’m a DIY, crafty type and I have crafting supplies coming out of my ears. My husband calls me, “grandma,” whenever I bust out a knitting project on long drives and plane flights, or when the sewing machine gets pulled out to whip up some silly project I found on Pinterest.
Right now, I admit that my crafting stuff has found it’s way to various baskets and bins throughout our house and garage. It’s all organized, but lackluster in space function. I want it all in one accessible locale but the sheer volume of crap I own makes that impossible. I do quite a bit of obsessing over how I will organize it all in the new house. I already have a few ideas in mind, but find myself late-nights scouring the internet for more. Hmmm, “how to organize and hide tons of craft shit in a small space?” Hit Enter.
Our 3rd floor mezzanine is designed as a small flex space that lives above our new kitchen and is open to the living room below. I fully intend on making this space mine, all mine. If my husband thinks his home office is going up there, he needs to fight me for it, because I have every intention of making it mommy central. Besides, he runs a construction business! No legit business should be run out of a craft room! How professional would it be to look over plans whilst pushing aside knitting needles and gift wrap? The entirety of my lovely collection of yarn balls and fabric scraps, 20+ pairs of scissors/cutting tools, my sewing machine, pens and paper stash will be organized (somehow) to a tee. He better just be grateful that it’s all going to be up there in one place and that I’m not proposing to take over the guest bedroom… though that may be a good idea?… It will have a privacy lock on that door…
No. Focus. The husband needs to get his own office elsewhere. I’m dreaming up my craft area on the darn mezzanine. No more of this going out to the garage for the sewing machine, then back to this drawer for my rotary cutting tool, then reaching up onto that shelf in the closet for the cutting mat and back to the garage for the fabric bin. Then cramming it all onto the dining table, kitchen counter and living room floor to make -whatever project I’m making.
In the new house, my crazy projects can be contained to one floor. My little mezzanine crafting floor! It may not have a locking door, but I can still hide up there and be my nerdy, crafty self without disrupting the rest of the house.
Claim, then design your nerd space. Put a coffee machine in it, then get crafty.