A few weeks ago, my scrap space had hit an all time low. It was so cluttered and messy that I didn’t even want to go in there! And if I did have to go in there for something, all I wanted to do was turn around and walk back out! It was not at all inspiring. Finally, I decided that enough was enough. This was supposed to be my happy space, my creative space. This led to some major de-cluttering, purging, and reorganizing for me. I am still in the midst of it, but I thought I would share some things as I go along.
Being a one-income family, we are on a budget, and I have learned to be frugal and work with limited resources. I hope that I can help other people who are in my same position. I have read lots of supposedly “Budget friendly” articles on scrapbook rooms. Most of them start out something like this…”My dad just happened to have this $500 desk and shelving area for me to use as my workspace.” And I am left wondering about those of us who don’t just “happen to have” expensive storage/organizing items lying around that we can build from. So, most of my storage items are readily accessible and very inexpensive.
I have been meaning to do something like this for a while now, but my frustration with my room finally gave me the motivation that I needed. I knew that I didn’t want a clip it up for several reasons. First, being the price. I can get around that with a fake one, but it seems to require a lot of materials and is just so bulky. With very limited table space, I didn’t want to have a clip it up taking up so much room, so I really needed to utilize wall-space.
So, here is my version. This project for me was absolutely free. (And here I go w/ the things I just “happened to have” lol) I already had all of the supplies lying around for my first one. I did, however, decide that I wanted another one, so I purchased the supplies for that one, and here are the prices:
1 curtain rod $2.37 at Wal-Mart (this will vary depending on the size you get, and I just got the least expensive one there.)
2 boxes of small clips @ $.88 each (although I might recommend getting a box of larger ones as well, depending on your needs.
1 package of 10 metal rings $1.00 (these can be found at office supply stores, or some scrapbook supply stores). If you use them a lot on albums and such as well, you can buy them in bulk for fairly cheap as well. I have seen packages of 100 for around $6-$7.
So, in all the project was just a little over $5.00. I just used basic clips and rings. It works similar to the clip it up, only since mine is mounted directly to the wall, all of my items are facing outward. I may be able to store more things on it if I had it in a place where everything could face sideways, but I kind of like this set up so far.
This is right above my workspace. I am very much a person who wants to be able to see everything and have it within easy reach while I am working. Which, bodes well for me considering that I have a limited amount of space to work with. My scrap space is located in a corner of our spare bedroom.
Note: In the picture, you will see that I have extended my curtain rod. This is the one that I just happened to have lying around that we weren’t using, and I had to do that in order to make it reach the studs in my wall, I wanted to be sure it was mounted to studs. I would recommend purchasing a curtain rod that is long enough without extending it, so that it will be stronger and will bear the weight of your items more easily (i.e. without a bit of a sag like mine has).
Here is my wonderful husband, hanging my curtain rod for me :) Isn’t he the sweetest! Note: No husband is required for this project, lol! But it sure did make my job easier, and I definitely appreciate him for that.