I’ve shared a couple of times about one of the books I’ve read this year called The Fringe Hours which changed the way I thought about finding time for the things I love. In my first post I mentioned that this book spurred me to rearrange my house to make more space for things I enjoy. In honor of the comments I got about that house rearranging, I thought I’d share some details.
I live in a 3 bedroom house and one of my bedrooms has served as some variation of an office/library/craft space since I moved in. When I first read Fringe Hours this space was a library and office that looked something like this (don’t judge- when I took these I had already started cleaning the room out.)
Meanwhile, I have this small “sunroom” on the back of my house that wasn’t really used much. Here’s what it looked like.
I wasn’t making good use of my office/craft/library room because there was too much crammed in there and not enough functional storage or organization. In order to better use this space (and keep it clean, yikes!) I need to create defined areas for the things I most enjoyed- my books and my crafts.
First step was to clean out the sunroom and and make room for the books. This was a feat because I just have too many books (there really is no such thing.) I moved the bookshelves and my ikea chair into the sunroom to create a defined reading area.
Now I love this little underused room in my house. The color here makes me so happy (Olympic “Freckles” from Lowes) and the windows look out over the woods behind my house. It is perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book on a weekend morning. I would like to get a second chair and a foot rest for each in here, but for now this works!
The little bar-height dining table got moved to my home office to work as a crafting space. This room is still in the works and needs a bit more love, but with just this little change it’s already more functional for storage and using the office as a crafting work area rather than my kitchen table.
I’ve already started making some changes on this space and it’s not nearly finished, however it’s much more functional! Main things in here left to make it complete:
- It needs some paint of some sort
- Larger crafting space to have machines hooked up
- More functional supply storage
- Task lighting for better detail vision when doing tiny vinyl projects
- Make it pretty- artwork on the walls, window treatments
Even though this space isn’t completely finished, having defined work areas makes such a difference in being able to work on projects and be more productive. It’s a great way to use my fringe hours!