Decorating and organizing my new home is definitely a long process. But, since I had a lot of time during quarantine, I decided to do some updates to a few areas in my home (I have a whole series of videos on my channel about picking out the house, building it, and everything in between! Check it out here).
Creating a Craft Room
This was actually a brand-new project because the space was not originally built to be used as a craft room (more like a home theater or closet). There are no windows and no vents, and the room wound up being used as storage. I wanted this room to be functional and actually make sense – not just a useless storage space.
I decided to make a crafting area on one side of the room and a craft storage space on the other. The things that get used most often will go into the crafting area space and the things that don’t will go into cubby storage.
Since there was a bunch of things that I needed to get rid of, I had to completely sort everything in the room and get rid of any broken or unused items. There was a ton of craft supplies already in the room, so I sorted them into bins for the cubby shelves and into two sets of drawers that I used for my crafting table.
My mom had the idea to repurpose the tabletop that used to be in my glam room by putting it on top of the two sets of drawers and creating a crafting table. The main thing the space will be used for is creating Cricut machine projects – we use it for so many things, and she absolutely loved the idea of having a Cricuting station.
We also hung a few small buckets on a rail over the tabletop to hold things like pencils, pens, and markers.
We finished the cubby shelf area by sorting the rest of the supplies into clear containers and labeling each category with the Cricut machine. I wanted to create a separate space for things like wrapping paper, gift bags, and ribbon, but I still need to set that up.
Ziya’s Playroom Makeover
For those who don’t know, Ziya’s playroom is currently the first thing you see when you get up the steps. It’s a completely open area and I wanted it to look appealing yet still be a functional space for Ziya.
My goal was to create a place where she will want to play pretend, use her imagination, color, learn, and grow. The DIY playhouse definitely looked great, but the rest of the play area didn’t quite match the vibe I was going for. I definitely still need to add some cute matching curtains, accessories, bookshelves, and a new carpet.
On the main wall of the play area I had a huge Ikea entertainment center that had a few cubby holes and some drawers. It was way too big, and some of the bins that we were using didn’t even fit properly in the cubby holes – so I decided to get rid of it completely (Check out how I filled the empty space by creating a DIY magnetic chalkboard! Watch the video here).
I decided to order the Kallax cubby shelf from Ikea to use as a storage space. I absolutely love cubby shelves, since they seem to work so nicely with my aesthetic and are really functional. I also love the fact that they are low down and easily accessible for Ziya. She can reach her toys without having to ask me for my help and it makes it easier for her to put her things away.
Some of the storage boxes that we had were really flimsy and didn’t match the other boxes. I replaced them with Pillowfort storage boxes from Target; they’re more durable and don’t fold. I love these bins, since when you put things away you don’t see what’s in there.
I decided to make one row of cubbies for Ziya’s toys and the other row for homeschooling supplies. I had already organized the contents of the bins in my home organization video, so it was easy to switch everything out and put them into the cubby shelf. My mom made some gold iron-on labels with her Cricut machine for the fabric bins and they turned out really cute.
There’s a lot more work to be done, but I definitely made some good progress. Watch the video above/below to see the before and after of both rooms! Check out more of my home décor updates here.
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