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post #21 of 62
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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
I saw that in the catalog and wondered "Who the hell are these people who have entire rooms in their houses devoted to wrapping presents?"
Oh, my aunt's SIL She has a HUGE home. It's beautiful. There's a room right off one of the guest bedrooms that has all of her wrappings and craft supplies. It's also where she stores gifts. She is really that organized.
post #22 of 62
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Sorry, I need enclosed spaces. Everything, or almost so, enclosed. My TV with all it's accompanying things (satellite box, DVD, etc.) is in a wardrobe!
Oh, me too. When we moved into our house, we got a TV cabinet from Ikea and I love it. I love being able to close it up when the TV isn't in use so we don't have to look at it.
post #23 of 62
Actually it gives me the cold shivers because I can see, in my mind's eye, DS running through there. Within 20 seconds all the jars would be on the floor, and DS would be happily climbing on the tables, and... Oh, Lord.

I love the wreath though.
post #24 of 62
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Originally Posted by Doodlebugsmom View Post
It does look nice, but I've done a really good job of beating this into my head: "Catalogs and magazines DO NOT represent real life!" If anyone had that set up and organized like that in their home, it would tell me one thing: They're not using it!

not true at all! i have a home design business and this is my studio.....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesig...7603851567545/

and yes, it always looks just like this when i'm not in there working. and yes, i have kids. and yes, i use it every single day.....especially now during the crazy holiday shopping season that has started already.

just playing devils advocate with that comment.
post #25 of 62
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Originally Posted by vm9799 View Post
not true at all! i have a home design business and this is my studio.....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesig...7603851567545/

and yes, it always looks just like this when i'm not in there working. and yes, i have kids. and yes, i use it every single day.....especially now during the crazy holiday shopping season that has started already.

just playing devils advocate with that comment.
To me, that space looks TOTALLY different than the catalog pic. My home looks as organized as your space, and we're here all day too so we're definitely using it. I'm not saying you can't be neat and organized while actually living. But, I mean really? A gift wrapping station? I'm just into simple living. Since this subforum is in the same forum as Frugality and Finances, it gets confusing to me sometimes. I truly do get that not everyone who is into organization is into living simply. Something like that is just "more stuff" to me.
post #26 of 62
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Originally Posted by Doodlebugsmom View Post
To me, that space looks TOTALLY different than the catalog pic. My home looks as organized as your space, and we're here all day too so we're definitely using it. I'm not saying you can't be neat and organized while actually living. But, I mean really? A gift wrapping station? I'm just into simple living. Since this subforum is in the same forum as Frugality and Finances, it gets confusing to me sometimes. I truly do get that not everyone who is into organization is into living simply. Something like that is just "more stuff" to me.
I just like how it looks and have a big office and figured it would be nice to have a craft station like that...don't think it makes me any less "frugal" or "simple" or whatever...

Also, I wouldn't use it as a wrapping only room, but doing all types of crafts (with my kids as well).
post #27 of 62
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Originally Posted by hollytheteacher View Post
I just like how it looks and have a big office and figured it would be nice to have a craft station like that...don't think it makes me any less "frugal" or "simple" or whatever...

Also, I wouldn't use it as a wrapping only room, but doing all types of crafts (with my kids as well).

Oh, that's totally cool with me. I have no judgements on how others live their lives. I was simply stating my opinion. I choose to live in a small-ish house for environmental reasons, and buy less stuff for spiritual/environmental reasons. That's where I'm coming from. To each their own!
post #28 of 62
The clutter is making me anxious just looking at it. It seems messy and visually disturbing.
post #29 of 62
The desk and the shelves, yes.

I am soooooo cleaning my house this weekend.
post #30 of 62
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Originally Posted by Doodlebugsmom View Post
To me, that space looks TOTALLY different than the catalog pic. My home looks as organized as your space, and we're here all day too so we're definitely using it. I'm not saying you can't be neat and organized while actually living. But, I mean really? A gift wrapping station? I'm just into simple living. Since this subforum is in the same forum as Frugality and Finances, it gets confusing to me sometimes. I truly do get that not everyone who is into organization is into living simply. Something like that is just "more stuff" to me.
yes, i'm aware that it looks totally different.....it's a totally different space.

my point was that some would see any sort of area like that to be "fluff", and your comment about it not representing "real life" is what i was referring to. just because it doesn't represent YOUR life, doesn't mean it's not something that others very much use in their real lives. that's all.
post #31 of 62
I know a PB designer and she says they use real homes, but they move stuff all over, pant 2 feet, or 8 feet or 12 feet and shoot and then leave. lol

So, really, nothing is as it seems. Even if we wish it so.

My PB designer friend has as much kid mess as anyone.

It's an illusion. A fantasitc, awesome, seemingly, nearly attainable illusion, but an illusion non the less.

Not that I don't think a fantastically organized home is sorta within our grasp, of course.
post #32 of 62
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Originally Posted by vm9799 View Post
not true at all! i have a home design business and this is my studio.....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesig...7603851567545/

and yes, it always looks just like this when i'm not in there working. and yes, i have kids. and yes, i use it every single day.....especially now during the crazy holiday shopping season that has started already.

just playing devils advocate with that comment.
I agree. Some people really do have places like that (very few people). Some creative people do a really good job at making their enviroment beautiful. I"m trying to get there but DH keeps gutting out basements, etc (trying not to cry)
post #33 of 62
If I had some unused attic space, I would totally have a studio/craft/wrap area in it!

I wouldn't spend that much money on the furniture, nor would it be that organized, but I would still have it....
post #34 of 62
I absolutely dream of having a room like that. I'd use it for more than just wrapping presents, and it wouldn't be red... but YES. I love it.

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Originally Posted by vm9799 View Post
not true at all! i have a home design business and this is my studio.....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vmdesig...7603851567545/

and yes, it always looks just like this when i'm not in there working. and yes, i have kids. and yes, i use it every single day.....especially now during the crazy holiday shopping season that has started already.

just playing devils advocate with that comment.
Thanks for sharing! It's so cool to see real spaces instead of staged catalog shots. You make me want to declutter and organize like no one's business!
post #35 of 62
Not really. I just don't really love Pottery Barn. I know a ton of people do...I'm just not one of them. It looks, well...like a catalog, kind of fake.
post #36 of 62
This definately inspired me to finish my "hiding hole". It already had a large table and 2 chairs as well as a love seat but no storage space. Thanks to Michaels 40% of sale and coupons I have put in 4 storage cubes in and will be buying the wall craft storage unit next week. I had a blast sorting through the art cupboard and relocating everything. I found the large glass vase at Michaels but it looked to fragile to be in a room where children will be running around. Now I will have to try keeping the room as organised as it is right now.
post #37 of 62
We purchased this from Ikea:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00071356


There are 25 slots
I purchased beautiful boxes similar to these:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80112895

Each slot holds approx 2 boxes depending on the size of the box.
(note all 25 openings are quite large) . plus we store larger items on top of the unit.

The whole thing looks very attractive and holds a super incredible amount of stuff. It is 6' high and 6' wide but only about 16" deep.




so what is in my 50 boxes --example:
  • crayons
  • felts
  • pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers
  • hole punches, other punches
  • scissors
  • cheque books
  • sewing kit
  • stamps / stamps and ink
  • greetings cards
  • envelopes
  • cd's
  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • lined paper
  • scotch tape, staples, string, glue
  • paper clips, elastic bands
  • paint brushes
  • light bulbs
  • cameras / film
  • candles
  • flashlights
  • extension cords
  • party decorations/ balloons
  • business cards
  • batteries
  • calculators
  • rullers
  • laminating machine
  • labels, stickers
  • craft supplies
  • fabric
  • ribbons / bows
  • flat wrapping paper
  • tissue paper
  • magazines
  • file folders
  • etc etc
This is my all time favourite piece of furniture – keeps me totally organized .... and it has stopped all those questions of "where can I find"
I keep a master list on the wall so that anyone can find what they want

Our unit is in our office and I love love love it!
post #38 of 62
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Originally Posted by Peppermint Leaf View Post
We purchased this from Ikea:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00071356


There are 25 slots
I purchased beautiful boxes similar to these:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80112895

Each slot holds approx 2 boxes depending on the size of the box.
(note all 25 openings are quite large) . plus we store larger items on top of the unit.

The whole thing looks very attractive and holds a super incredible amount of stuff. It is 6' high and 6' wide but only about 16" deep.
That looks like a super useful piece of furniture, and not too terribly expensive.
post #39 of 62
I am thinking of getting a second one for our garage to get it organized !!:
post #40 of 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peppermint Leaf View Post
We purchased this from Ikea:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00071356


There are 25 slots
I purchased beautiful boxes similar to these:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80112895

Each slot holds approx 2 boxes depending on the size of the box.
(note all 25 openings are quite large) . plus we store larger items on top of the unit.

The whole thing looks very attractive and holds a super incredible amount of stuff. It is 6' high and 6' wide but only about 16" deep.


This is my all time favourite piece of furniture – keeps me totally organized .... and it has stopped all those questions of "where can I find"
I keep a master list on the wall so that anyone can find what they want

Our unit is in our office and I love love love it!
We have 2 of the smaller size from there, and I wish we had bought 2 more. We don't have IKEA here and they won't deliver to Hawaii. One of these days we're going to make a trip to the mainland and take a couple more over to a shipping place we know of to have them sent over. I haven't been able to find anything comparable for the same price anywhere.

I feel the same way you do, they're my favorite pieces for the price.
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