How to Change a Junk Closet to a Craft Area for $0!

I’m all about repurposing spaces and items, so I can’t believe that it took me as long as it did to transform my junk closet into a crafting area.  For the first time in years all of my scrapbooking/stamping/crafting items are in one organized place, and it didn’t cost me a dime.  All it took was some lifting, moving, re-arranging, and organizing!  {which in and of itself was a bigger project than I anticipated….}

I WOULD have taken a picture of what my junk closet looked like before I made it into my handy-dandy craft area, but that would have been really embarrassing, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Here’s what my craft area looks like now:

And here’s how I did it:

  1. I cleared out all of the junk that was in the closet area that I planned on repurposing.
  2. I gathered together all of my crafting/scrapbooking/stamping supplies from the 15,000 places I had them stashed and brought them into my new crafting area.
  3. I dragged the display table that I decided to repurpose as a desk (because it fit in the space and I didn’t mind “losing” it to my closet) into the closet and then started to organize.
  4. The organizing part was actually quite easy.  I just put things where I thought they logically should go and was really happy with the results.

My closet has 2 shelves built in, so the shelf above my desk contains all manner of fun crafting goodies, right at my finger tips. {My dad made me the ribbon holder and smaller shelf you see here as a Birthday Present.}

The top shelf now contains scrapbooking albums and items that I don’t need to get at frequently.

As you can see, there is plenty of space between the shelf and the desk so that my work area is not too cramped.

I have this paper organizer that my dad made for me on the side of the desk.  It’s a fabulous organizational tool that I can’t live without {thanks dad} and now paper is right at my finger tips when I “craft”.  {using the word “craft loosely”!  ha!}

And the best part?  If I’m in the middle of a project, I don’t have to clean up and start again if I run out of time.  I just slide the door closed and no one is the wiser!  Plus, it was free, and now everything is in one place.  Yahoo!


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    Alycia says

    Looks awesome! Our house actually only has 2 closets in the entire house, so we are crammed full. They probably look like your “before”!

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    Looks great Angie! I didn’t know you were into scrapbooking! I was addicted for a long time, and now my stuff is gathering dust. I’ll get back to it though. Until then I’m using Project Life by Becky Higgins, have you seen that? Fabulous way to document a year with little time invested. 🙂

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    I always talk about wanting a crafting room, but I could be totally happy with a crafting closet! My mom has her ribbons organized like you do and it is so much more sane than that mess I have going on at my house! I am motivated!!!

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    I have a closet I want to convert like this. It isn’t as big so it will be more of a storage space and not so much a place to work, but at least all of my and the kids craft supplies will be in one place.

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    I need to makeover #1’s closet. His room is so small I bet his desk would be perfect in his closet (which is almost as big as his room for some reason?!). I’m almost inspired enough to do this! Almost:)

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    kristin says

    So where did all your clothes go? Or is that ‘Jeff’s side’ of the closet. LOL. For a non-crafty person, you sure have a lot of crafting supplies!

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