Getting Organized

Getting Organized 02 Karen Schulz

I love to be organized. I could easily spend all day in the Container Store or a similar place.  Ideally, with an unlimited budget.   There’s just something about decluttering and organizing that makes me happy.

This desire to be organized spills into every area of my life, but today I want to share with you my latest organizational “find” for my craft room.

I haunt the flea markets and antique fairs here where we live.  A short time ago, I came across this old dusty, dirty filing cabinet. Actually, there were 2 available for sale. The first thing that came to mind was how perfect all of these drawers would be for craft supplies.  The drawers are 12″ deep, 10″ wide, and 5″ high.

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They were priced at $40 each, but I got a “deal” by buying both of them and was happy to pay just $70 for them.

These cabinets had to be cleaned up; and honestly, that was the hardest part. I washed each drawer (that’s 54 drawers!) and each of the 2 cabinets with a degreaser, rinsed them off well, and let them dry.

I thought spray painting them would be the easiest way to get them painted and went looking for some fun colors. I chose to use Ironlak Sugar spray paint (They have The Best Colors!), and it covers beautifully!

When the paint was dry, I used some fine sandpaper to add a little bit of distressing on the handles and on the face of the drawers. (Not all of them are finished yet, but most.) Then I stacked the cabinets to conserve floor space. (And there is little Stella, getting in the picture.)

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Now don’t those drawers just call you to fill them with all of your craft supplies? They sure do me!

What about you? Do you like to organize? What is your favorite organizational method or tool? Or organizational store? I’d REALLY like to know!

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Comments (12)

  1. Sheila Phillips

    I love what you did with those! And I love organizing too.The container store is a great place, but I don’t get to go much. It’s quite a drive to the closest one to me. I’ve found some great organizational tools at places like Home Depot, Harbor Freight, and even auto supply stores. I’ve even been accused of organizing my trash!!!

    January 31, 2019 at 5:08 pm
    • Karen

      Yes! And places like those you mentioned, as so much more reasonably priced. I like to get ideas at the Container Store and then try to find things that will work in the same way but aren’t so expensive. Big Lots and the Dollar Store, or Ross and T.J. Maxx also are great places to shop for organizing stuff! And… uh.. yeah.. we organize our trash so we can recycle it. 😉

      February 1, 2019 at 8:06 am
  2. Jeannie

    What a bargain and a fantastic way to organize anything! Love that you repainted them. But oh so much work!

    February 2, 2019 at 8:19 am
  3. Renee

    Karen those cabinets look AWESOME! I love those colours and how you arranged them. The closet in my ‘craft’ room has many of the plastic drawer cabinets (think Rubbermaid and the dollar store ones) cause I like to sort everything by end use lol! Last weekend I started sorting/decluttering/organizing and actually ended up with an EMPTY one! What? But I’m sure it won’t stay empty for long ?????????????. What? you don’t keep a little chocolate stash in your craft room??

    February 2, 2019 at 8:35 am
  4. Charne

    Love organizing! and I’m having ‘file cabinet envy’ 😉 looking at you now oh-so-lovely set! You should have many years of use from those!

    February 2, 2019 at 12:41 pm
  5. salukiland

    Now the troubles will start . . . . All that space to fill in. Goodies overload time coming up!

    February 2, 2019 at 10:18 pm
  6. Sue Ogden

    Karen, what an AMAZING idea and find! We don’t have many flea markets here in the midwest, at least not in north central OK! Garage sales abound but the stuff is frequently way more than gently used. By any chance, did you see a company name on those cabinets so that one might hunt for them on the net???? And Stella is so cute, she looks like she’s guarding your fabulous new cabinet from any wanna-be thieves LOL.

    February 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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