Tuesday, October 4

Day 4 - Metal Baskets Storage

Day 4. Today we'll be looking at how I organized my fabric without sacrificing any space in the office by using a space I hadn't paid any attention to before.

I like to sew. Especially bags and things for the house. I'm always looking for cheap fabric to use for my projects/gifts but didn't really have a good way to organize or store my collection. I actually have quite a bit of fabric lying around my house at any give time and it's just kind of a mess. I’ve been looking for a fun way to store it and finally found the answer. Earlier this summer I found this metal basket at a yard sale for $1.00

And this one for $0.50

The second one was a little rusty so I cleaned it up before using it for my fabrics. I'm sure there is a right way to go about that, and I'm sure this wasn't it, but I started by wiping off any loose rust. Then I laid some scrap fabric in the bottom of the basket (that's where most of the rust was) to protect my fabrics.

I sorted my fabric and put my smaller scraps into one basket and medium sized pieces in the other. I love that it keeps my fabrics tidy and still lets me see what's in there so I know at a glance what I have to work with.

Then came time to find a place for the baskets. With all that fabric, they were too pretty to hide in the closet. So I decided to use one of the open spaces in the room - the top of the book cases! Here they are before...look at all that space for the taking.

 And here are my basket all nice and tidy. I'm going to find some art or maybe a clock to hang in the space between the bookcases. 

Project Cost Breakdown: 
$1.00 - basket
$0.50 - basket
$0 - space to fill!
Total - $1.50

I think I missed using that space because it's above my eye level, and I just never looked up there! I'm glad I finally did so I could put that unused space to good work. And now seeing all my pretty fabric makes me want to break out the sewing machine. Real bad. :)

Maybe I should go check out the rest of my house with a new perspective - looking up and down and all around. How about you? Found any hidden potential in spaces around your home?


  1. This is AWESOME! I don't have an eye for hidden potential. I think I need you to come visit me. :) I'm dire need of space in my office, not for pretty material, but for books, papers, etc. Look forward to more great ideas.

  2. That's amazing.
    Those same baskets - rust and all - would be $37 at Pottery Barn, right?

    Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D
    "31 Days - 31 Minutes to a More Organized Life"

  3. Good point...I think they charge extra for rust. :)