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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Craft Closet (of my dreams) Reveal!

Happy hump day, friends, and thank you so much for your sweet words on our {Date Night Style} post yesterday! My son was beaming from all the comments, too!

If your knees get weak at the mere mention of labels, today's post is for you. If your breath hitches at the sight of paints arranged in beautiful rainbow order, this post is for you. If your heart skips a beat when there's a place for everything, and everything's in it's place, this post is most definitely for you. And if you get heart palpitations just stepping foot in The Container Store...well then, this post might just send you over the edge!

Because not only did I overhaul my Office closet from top to bottom with one of my favorite stores, but I got to do it with one of my favorite people, the Master Organizer herself. With nothing but coffee and tacos to fuel us on, Jen and I holed up for two days sorting, labeling, stacking, and high-fiving, until we had the craft closet of our dreams. Seriously, angels sing every time I walk in.

So for you organizing junkies, grab a paper sack, and read at your own risk!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet



Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Right!?!?! Do you hear the angels singing?? It's safe to say these doors will never be closed!

I've been blogging for almost six years, and a mom for 14, so I've amassed a pretty large assortment of craft and office supplies...all of which are now tucked neatly in this single closet. #sigh So let's take a tour of every glorious nook and cranny...I'll let the pictures do most of the talking (there's a lot of them!), and link sources under each. (Catch up with the Before shots here, and the Elfa planning & install here.) Let me know if I miss anything in the comments, and I'll update the post.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

I'm a sucker for the striped rugby bins, and not only do they add a fun pop of pattern to the all-white closet, but hold a ton of stuff! (Get yours now because they're being phased out! #weep) Believe it or not, all three of these bins are full of materials I've picked up over the years for blog craft ideas...and never got around to! I think I'm set for craft posts for awhile!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

The Ikea spice jars are perfect for storing small items, and fit perfectly on the utility board shelves. Who doesn't want to have their collection of googly eyes on full display?!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Obviously not everything needs labeling, but we just couldn't deny the snap-on label holders for both the drawers and utility bins. Plus, they encourage 'other people' to put things back in their proper spot!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

We stored the most-used items on the utility board so they were within quick reach, and the rest of was sorted and placed in the pull-out drawers, and clear boxes.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

I buy these plastic shoe boxes by the case (less than $1.70 each!), and use them all over the house for organizing, and of course they are perfect for the craft closet, too.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Sidenote: Word on the street is Staples is bringing back Martha's line...including the bookplates! I'll stop hoarding my leftover supply of them when I see it for myself though!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

I left an open space in the right corner to store tall items like fabric bolts, camera lights and tripod, but the beauty of Elfa is I can add shelves at any point if my needs change. Acrylic magazine files safely store my keepsake issues. ;) #shamelessbrag

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

The top drawers are dedicated to office and homework supplies, with acrylic dividers keeping it all sorted and separated.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Some of ya'll are nosy curious and I know you'll want to know what's in the other drawers...adhesive papers, photography gear, yarn, and fabric.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

The left side is office supplies, fabric swatches, gift wrapping, cutting supplies, and more fabric.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

The vertical space on both doors is fully utilized with Elfa systems for paints, painting supplies, and gift wrapping.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Installing the utility board in place of another shelf also created an open work space, and the plastic liners keep things from falling through the slats. I may add an electrical outlet to the closet someday for a lamp and spot to plug in my glue gun. #craftgeekgoals

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

For larger projects, or those I want to photograph, I can load up this tray with supplies and carry it to another area to work. Such a simple idea, but it makes a big difference...especially when stairs are involved!

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | craft closet

Hi Sugarplum | craft closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

The difference between organizing this craft closet by myself, and designing it with Jen? No detail is overlooked or too small! She thinks through each and every placement to make sure it's the smartest and most efficient...then makes it so pretty you're almost certain to maintain it! She is a wealth of great ideas and tips, and she left me inspired to tackle more areas of the house.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet
Me too, Babygirl! Me too.

Now let's revisit just how far this closet has come thanks to some smart Elfa design, and the magic of Jen Jones! (Unfortunately, the wallpaper border isn't coming down without a fight, but I couldn't bear to have it ruin these pics, so we edited it out in these After pics.)

Hi Sugarplum | Craft Closet Makeover

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Craft Closet Makeover

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | Craft Closet Makeover

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Craft Closet

Hi Sugarplum | craft closet

I can't believe a space this organized and pretty belongs to me! It's the Office/Craft closet I've been scheming in my head for years, but even better. And to create it with a friend whom I adore so much, and means the world to our whole family, was the icing on the cake. Jen and I had just as much fun working together as we did beaching with our families, and cruising the Caribbean! In fact, we've got a few more fun ideas planned for later this year.

For all the nitty-gritty on how we actually organized the space, and all the decisions behind it, head over to iHeart Organizing for Jen's breakdown of the closet. I'm too giddy to share anything other than the pretty...she's got the helpful stuff!

Prepare to be inspired...then hurry over to The Container Store, because the big Elfa Sale is only once a year, and it ends Monday!!! I can't praise them enough for their amazing, patient, FREE planning services, excellent customer service, and high-quality products.

Installing their systems feels like a splurge in the beginning, but one that will last you for years and years. Trust me, I've gone the cheaper route before, and was replacing it within a year. Happy organizing, lovebugs!


{Follow the Project from the Beginning}


Photos by Jen Jones.



*This project was created in collaboration with The Container Store, but the concept, ideas, and general organizational-geeking, are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

50 comments:

  1. Wow! I am hyperventilating. I have just the closet in my house to do this too...I would be so ecstatic to have all my crafts and misc. supplies in one place! And so pretty!

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    1. This big, open closet was one of the first things I fell in love with in this new house...I just KNEW it'd be the perfect spot to finally get this stuff organized. So exciting that you have the perfect space...go get it, girlie! ;)

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  2. ohhh mahhh gahhh. This is so dreamy and has me totally geeking out about all of the storage and labels. I need this in the worst way for my craft closet and I'm trying to figure out how I can convince you AND Jen to come to charlotte for this one?? Tacos? Margs? Please? Miss you guys! xo

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    1. Yes and Yes....we work for tacos. And I like the idea of Jen and I being a package deal...it'd be so fun to work/hang together!! Miss you, friend!

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  3. The angels sing in my head every time I open the closet with my Elfa gift wrap station (thank you for the idea) you have motivated me to tackle my craft supplies now!

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    1. Yay! I'm thrilled it worked out for you! I started with the gift wrap closet too, and every year during their big Elfa sale, I add another area. I figure in 10 years my house will be organized! ;)

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  4. My heart is going pitter patter, and I'm not even "in" to organizing. The space is strangely GORGEOUS! Now, if you want to stroke out, come over here and look at my junk drawer.

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  5. Hubba Hubba!!! I don't even know where to begin! I have always loved the rugby bins but don't own any...hmmm... And those clear lidded shoe boxes are a bargain. I get some for $1 at target/Walmart but wow I'm loving the clear lids vs my white. It's the little things! And yah! I never got my hands on the MS book labels so I hope you are right! I'll be stocking up! You will probably have 6,859 pages views today... Just from me drooling all over my phone at this closet :)

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  6. Amazing! I already checked out Jen's post too! Can you wrap gifts right in the closet or do you have to take the wrapping supplies elsewhere?

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    1. Thank you! I can wrap smaller things on the work shelf (it's 18-inches deep), but I usually just camp out on the floor in front of the door! :) xo

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  7. That is magnificent, Cassie! Do you just stand in front of it and ooo and ahhhh all day long?? I now officially have craft closet envy. :)
    xo Heidi

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    1. How did you know???? I honestly do! Those doors haven't been closed once, and I even repositioned my desk so I can see it while I work! Is that weird? :)

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  8. Simply amazing! :) I'm inspired! ...and I spy the wallpaper may have made its exit too? :) YAY!

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    1. Thank you, friend! I wish the wallpaper were gone...it's being stubborn and coming down in teeny, tiny, shredded pieces. #sigh We couldn't bear to have it distract from the closet, so we edited it out in the pics. ;)

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  9. This closet is amazing! I want everything in it. But i'm just taking baby steps in organizing and got the Elfa door organizer. Question: did you hang it over the door or screwed it in? Hate creating holes on a door but don't want it to be flimsy in my teen daughters closet. Dilemma: to screw or not to screw?

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Babysteps are the way to go...I've added a new spot every year during the sale, so it took 3 sales to get to this one closet! ;) I use the over-the-door brackets to attach it:
      a) it's completely secure and doesn't budge
      b) you can hardly see the bracket from the front when the doors are closed
      c) I can take it with me if we ever move!!!

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  10. I know how you feel (no, Jen didn't swoop in and do a craft storage intervention). I remodeled our laundry area/ casual junk storage to a craft room that does laundry. When I say "I", I mean I designed it, ordered the materials, painted our old kitchen cabinets and window trim, sorted, donated and organized the rest of it and my handyman installed it (otherwise I'd still be banging up pegboard and swearing like a sailor).

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    1. And I'm pinning your craft closet for my sis! She doesn't have a basement to putter in.

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  11. I seriously think I just blacked out. This. Is. Everything.

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  12. WOW! love every inch of it! You two are the bomb of organization. I do have a few questions, -the ventilated shelve liners, are they flexible or hard and do you just cut to size your space? and how do they hold in place, with glue? another questions is, -do you have a table/space in the same room to create your projects once you bring all your supplies on your tray out of the closet? thank you and what a divine space you've created!

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    1. Thanks Lilly!! The shelf liners are a firm plastic, but do have some bend to them (def not flimsy!) They cut down to size, along with the shelves (everything is customizable!). They are just a bit smaller than the shelves, which have a little lip on them...the liners just fit right in, no glue or sliding around. #genius I don't have a table/work space in the room yet (other than my desk)...the rest of the room is completely undone/undesigned...but that's the next step! For now, I use the little work shelf, sit on the floor, or take my project downstairs to the breakfast table. That's where the tray comes in handy! xoxox

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    2. fantastic! just what i need for my wire shelving to hold all my supplies. will definitely get some. as a matter of fact, right now (please don't tell my boss i am shopping during work hours :O )

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  13. So wonderful!
    Also, I purchased bookplates from Martha at staples yesterday - new stuff is starting to arrive at my staples!

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  14. So wonderful!
    Also, I purchased bookplates from Martha at staples yesterday - new stuff is starting to arrive at my staples!

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  15. This is amazing! It is making me rethink my game plan for a future craft space that I'll be combining with a toy room. I know everything is customizable, but can you give a ballpark of the cost of the Elfa system, without the accessories you added (the boxes and bins, etc)?

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  16. Jen is so totally amazing! This closet is inspiring. Do you mind sharing about how much you spent for the shelving and the containers and other accessories? Thanks!!

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  17. I looove an organized closet and this just makes my heart flutter a bit. I just finished my last Elfa closet, except for the labeling. Love!! It only took me 4 years to complete all of them. Love the January sale! It's nothing like the showstopper you and Jen have created, you two are the queens of everything organized and pretty, but I'm loving it! I walk upstairs several times a day to take a peek. In my house of tiny closets, Elfa just makes sense. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room after you finish removing that stubborn wallpaper border. Now I'm off to Staples for those bookplate labels....

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  18. One word- WOW. And, yes... don't forget to label those fabric scissors, because I can't tell you how many times my kids or husband have tried to use them on other sticky or non-fabric things! I actually have them hidden now. :)

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  19. Oh. My. Word. Seriously amazing and awe-inspiring and envy-inducing. Does it make you just want to craft all the time? Now can I hire you to re-do my craft closet?

    -Michele
    www.thejoyfulhomeblog.com

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  20. I mean. I MEAN!!! Oh, Cassie...leave it to you. And Jen, of course! The is over-the-top fabulous. Bravo! Plus, I had a big ol' goofy grin on my face the entire time I was reading this post, because you're just so stinkin' FUNNY. So, thank you. For the amazing organizational eye candy and the therapy in the form of laughter.

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  21. Oh girl. The striped rugby bins, the IKEA jars. The paints lined up by color. Stop. It. This is everything and more.

    -Meghan
    meghanandjohnathon.blogspot.com

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  22. Say whaaaaaaaat!!?!? Martha is back at Staples?!?!? I've been so excited waiting for your posts on this finished bad boy and you just totally made me squirrel with this news! The closet look fantastic but bookplates!!! Also super excited to hear you and Jen have future plans to show us more awesomeness.

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  23. Could you possibly provide the overal dimensions of your closet including the size of the doors/opening. I have a similar closet. Wondering if I can fit roughly the same amount of storage. LOVE !!!!!

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  24. I think that I would get a cup of coffee and a chair and just gaze at that closet for hours! Very well done!

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  25. I've never said this to you before, but I can't help myself: I'm jealous!

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  26. I am in love with your craft closet! Found you from Jen's blog and it is just lovely! Thanks for the inspiration! Following you on Twitter too!

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  27. Great organization! Girl you need a Cricut or Silhouette - will make the monogram projects go much faster.

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  28. AHHH!!! When I got married my husband graciously gave me a whole walk in storage closet as my "craft room" but I have done nothing but throw projects in there! This is so inspiring!

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  29. OMG! I can't, I really can't! I'd never leave my house - and I'd never need to :)

    Becky | accoohtrements life, travel & design blog

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  30. SWOON!! I had another closet I was going to do during the sale and completely changed my plans when I saw your craft closet. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery consider yourself flattered because I am going to pick my closet up to-day! Mine is a walk-in with a slightly different configuration but yours was the starting point. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about it. You and Jen? You are totally my people! If you visit Mallory in Charlotte, come my way please!!!

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  31. I'm in Love!! I have the exact same closet and want to do exactly what you did! (Sorry to be a copy-cat!) Can you please give a rough estimate on the overall cost, so I can sell this to my hubby? Thank you SP!

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    1. thanks so much...I'm thrilled you were inspired by it!!! Since it was a collaboration, I'm not sure of the exact cost, but I believe when purchased during the Elfa annual sale, it was under $1000. That includes all the baskets and accessories, too! xo

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  32. LOVE IT ALL!!!! In the process of creating something similar. I love the wrapping storage too. Curious, how do you store your gift bags and wrapping paper.

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    1. Thanks Kelly!! The rolls of wrapping paper are stored on the door system, and gift bags and tissue paper are folded flat in one of the drawers. xoxo

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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