One of the reasons I went with three dressers as the base of the desk in the studio was for the ample storage the nine drawers would provide.
My mom has a great desk setup in her house using filing cabinets as the base. I was tempted to go that direction until I remembered I don’t use files. Ryan is the bill-doer and file-keeper in our family and he has a great filing cabinet in his office (see a sneak peek here) for all the important paperwork.
What I really needed was space for all my stuff. Craft supplies, stationery, fabric, ribbon, art necessities, office-y things.
I had no idea I was such a hoarder of these goods until I unpacked box after box. I have a real collecting problem, you guys.
Many have asked what exactly are in those drawers and how I organized it all. Well, today’s the day. I’m opening up the drawers to reveal what’s inside.
These drawers are fairly large (33″ x 17″ x 6″) and separate storage containers were key in keeping like items corralled and organized.
Let’s take a peek inside, starting with the center bank of drawers:
The top drawer holds the most frequently used items like pencils, tape, note cards and envelopes.
The middle drawer is filled with crafty things I use semi-regularly. Letter stamps + ink pads, hole punches, erasers, wire, paper clips, push pins and many, many labels and tags.
The bottom, deeper drawer is where my workout gear is conveniently kept. I love having the space to work out at home and it makes it easy to have my mat, weights and towel easily accessible.
On the right side, the drawers look like this:
Art supplies like watercolors, brushes, calligraphy pens, ink and paper, and a set of good markers that I don’t share with my kids are at the ready for when creativity strikes.
The second and third drawers hold more craft and sewing supplies stored in clear plastic bins.
The bottom drawers are a bit deeper and two bins stacked fit perfectly.
On the left side, the drawers look like this:
More craft things like yarn, pom pom makers, a million twist ties (why do I have so many? I can not say except that they are black and white striped and I must have bought them wholesale and can’t bring myself to get rid of them because someday I’ll need a thousand twist ties, I just know it), other assorted embellishments.
The second drawer down fits regularly used ribbon and tissue paper for wrapping.
I have a serious thing for ribbon (among other things, clearly) and still have three more bins of ribbon to figure out what to do with.
The bottom drawer is a catch-all for now holding extra notebooks, a stack of papers I don’t know what to do with and some shipping supplies. My sister does all of our actual shipping from her home office – someday I should show you her setup! – but it is nice to have a few packaging supplies just in case.
The best part about having the drawers organized is that now I know where everything is, it makes finding and putting things away easy and I am happy every time I open up a drawer and see how orderly it looks.
Just one more little way to add beauty to the everyday.