What’s Your Secret? The Storage and Toting Dilemma…

Dilemmas, dilemmas, dilemmas…

You see — I have this really GREAT studio in my basement. It takes up pretty much the entire basement. My husband carved out a corner for himself for our recording studio, and of course the laundry and bath rooms remain intact. But the rest of the basement? Mine! All Mine!! It’s wonderful the amount of space I have to create. There’s one problem though…

The basement is a MEAT LOCKER!

You can store some serious raw meats down there without worrying about them every going bad LOL! And the worst part? We already keep the air conditioner between 77 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. That temperature setting allows the main living floor to be decently cooled, even a little chilly, and the top floor where my bedroom is to be extremely comfortable, also even getting chilly. Small cape cod, large unit (I guess — it was here when we got here) which does the cooling of the house magnificently. Living on the East Coast, it is necessary to have good air conditioning to survive the sweltering summer heat. I ain’t mad at my statistics — 77 degree setting means my gas and electric bill remains VERY reasonable because of how high we keep the dial set, while effectively cooling the entire house. But the basement is a FREEZER! I literally go down there with wool clothing and socks AND a sweater! I just can’t work like that…

So what I have resorted to was commandeering the dining room to work. I setup two 4 foot folding tables so I have plenty of space and I go for what I know. Problem is, when you enter my house and look to your right, you immediately see the “explosion” of art supplies and tools. Not so cool… I have used my XXL Crop-in-Style (former scrapbook fanatic here…) to house many of the tools and supplies, along with other craft totes that I have on hand. However, that still doesn’t cut it. There are still water containers, gel medium, mod podge, cutting mat, cutting boards, brushes, stencils, etc. laying about on the table. And of course my art journal is there, opened wide and inviting…

I need to get a handle on this craft explosion in my dining room!

Therefore, I am turning to you all… How do you contain your tools and supplies in whatever space you may have? If you have a separate art studio/craft room, then I am certain you have a storage system all setup for that. I’m talking to the ones here who craft in their dining room like I am doing or at the kitchen table or some other shared space within your home. How do you contain the art so the room can be what it’s supposed to be?

I’ve looked at the ArtBin Super Satchels because they are deep and they stack. But they’re also $25 each! I’ve looked at storage trays, but then there’s having a place to put the storage trays. I’ve looked at wheeled carts with drawers, which is what I am leaning toward because I can then roll it into the corner out of sight.

What is it that you use to contain your arting if you are using shared space in your home to create? Please, please, please share your tidbits and tricks in the Comments section below. I am sure I’m not the only one struggling with this problem…

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