Packing Up The Craft Room

June 10, 2019 — 53 Comments

If you didn’t know, I am moving house soon. Moving house presents challenges.

Especially when a craft room is involved.

The rest of the flat will be easy. A couple of boxes, lob stuff in and the job will be done.

When it comes to the craft room, however, I will obviously need time to filter, sort, examine, get sidetracked, start again, restock, pack, clear, unclutter, declutter and so the long story goes.

You’ve seen my previous craft rooms before, haven’t you? I’m not exactly a tidy or organised crafter on a regular basis.

Occasionally I get it tidy. For a day or two. Then work starts again.

For that reason, I am going to need a head start and therefore will be packing up the craft room shortly so it will be unlikely that much, other than some pre-scheduled posts and the Digital Craft Emporium stuff, will be appearing here for a couple of weeks whilst I get packed, move and then unpack and set up in the new place.

I’ll be popping in and out of social media, emails and the like as I can do that on my phone, but for now, I shall say Au Revoir and see you at some point soon-ish.

FYI, I’m going from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast of Scotland. Doesn’t seem much in mileage but I am really looking forward to it!

Right! …

*grabs large roll of bin bags and rolls sleeves up.

Wish me luck!

53 responses to Packing Up The Craft Room

    Sylvia Yeomanson June 13, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Best of luck John with your move. Your craft room looks tidy compared to mine. I keep popping my head round the door and make a quick get-away.

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    Have fun moving, John! 2 years ago I moved from UK to Australia to be with my kids/grandkids. I had to make big decisions on what to ship. My craft stuff was a no-brainer and in the end I shipped 85% craft stuff, 15% other. And yes, it is impossible for others to understand! The impassive expressions on my kids’ faces said it all… trying hard not to look incredulous and aghast! Very funny! You gotta love non-crafters!
    Your new craft room will look amazing and organised – for a while… Happy moving!

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    Good luck with the moveJohn. No way I could do it. Too much stuff. Did it once and still haven’t unpacked some of the stuff. I keep being tempted by new things.

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    Jennifer Beattie June 10, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hi John, my very best wishes for your ‘relocation’. I moved from one part of Glasgow to another almost 8 years ago (downsizing after a family bereavement) and I’m still nowhere near cleared out of all surplus junk!

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    Ooh as you know I have just done this… non creative types don’t understand why this is the first room I packed and unpacked…ish or why it is the biggest room or why I still get excited when I find more shelves I can get in there.
    Err…other than kettle n biccy cupboard, kitchen not unpacked yet : )
    Goooood luck!



    Good luck with the move John. The last time I moved was 20 years ago with 2 small children and no crafting stuff. The kids have left home but I’ve got shed loads of crafting stuff now, so when we next move it will be to downsize. I keep thinking of the day we actually do it, but keep pushing it to the back of my mind, as I dread the thought of going through my stash as I can’t bear to part with anything. I even keep small pieces of paper etc. as you never know when they will come in handy. Lol. Kath x

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    Phyllis Elias June 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Very best of luck, John. I hope you will be very happy in your new home.

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    Some years ago we down sized from a large six bedroom victorian monstrosity complete with attics and cellars. When my daughter went off to uni I hogged her attic and turned it into my craft cave. Now I have a much smaller crafting space, and boy is it a nightmare to keep tidy. I do aim to tidy it every few weeks, but usual find a buried die cut or special paper I had mislaid which involves getting out more stuff to complete said projects and so the cycle continues.
    So good luck with the move I will say a quick prayer to the crafting elf for you. Maybe you will find some hidden long forgotten treasures at the bottom of a pile of UFO projects
    Keep Crafting
    Lois xxx



    Good luck with the move what part are you going to I lived in Gareloch Head ( near Helensburgh) for a few years quite sometime ago


    ELISABETH WYNN June 10, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Good luck John, moving house is hellish. Glad you’re staying in Scotland xx

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    Sandra Ferris June 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm


    I met you a couple of times when you did your all counties challenge. You were an inspiration. Good luck on the move enjoy your new home
    Sandra x

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Sending lots of love to you. I hope the packing/unpacking and the move itself goes well I hope you will be very happy in your new home lots of love from scan n cutters in Aberdeen xx

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    Hahahah, we crafters are all the same I think. When I was moving it took me indeed the longest to pack the craftroom. And for my craftroom now, it is tidy but I am not crafting on this moment, wait untill I start, than is all over the place! But I am happy with that way of working.
    I wish you luck an hope to hear of you soon, take also care of yourself!

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    Good luck John, new home and and new craft room woo-hoo!!

    I moved a couple of years ago from Cornwall to Devon, I had stash everywhere in the previous house as I had ‘outgrown’ my craft room – i moved to a property with an old barn, the top of which had been turned into a ‘man cave’ this is now MY area.

    Whilst packing up I found having a row of boxes already marked up with things like stamps, dies, tools, ribbons etc., etc., helped, well to start with anyway………….. of course I ended up with about 30 boxes that just said miscellaneous, not too bad when there was over 450 boxes of all my various diverse crafts!!!!

    Having the luxury of an empty space to move into was heaven – i put up shelves and worked out where I wanted tables, allocated areas for paper craft and patchwork and art etc., begged borrowed and…. (well you get the idea) clear plastic storage boxes and carefully labelled everything as it went onto the shelves. and stacked all my paper stash in colour/size order.

    Looked lovely and so beautifully organised and i knew where everything was when I was finished………….. then i started crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh course, my crafting causes me to have to spend a day every few months (basically when I can’t actually find my desk without mountaineering equipment) blitzing the mess and sorting the teetering piles of paper, card, toppers etc., but at least the bones of the organising is still there and it really does help speed the clean up – or it would if i could manage not to get distracted by a pretty piece of paper all the time!!!!!!

    Hey ho, from chaos some beautiful things appear!

    Hope it all goes well for you.


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    Good Luck John. Perhaps you could pass on some tips when you’ve done it. My craft room (ex dining room) is desperately in need of decorating and a new carpet but it’s so full of ‘stuff’ – there isn’t a spare inch of wall space – that it’s impossible to move anything to give access for the work to be done. Crafting truly is the worst hobby for a shopaholic hoarder.

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    I wish you well with your move, it’s not the easiest of times
    but at least you have an end point to look forward to.
    Keep smiling it definitely helps. So until you pop up in my in box again,
    best wishes hope all goes well. Karen x

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    Jackie Ashdown June 10, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Good luck with the move & with the packing up of your crafty goodies. XXX

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    Hi John

    Best of luck. Moving craft stash anywhere is a bloody nightmare. Next time I visit the Suffolk coast I’ll look NNE and wave!!! Planning to get craft/ overflow room decorated and really space conscious storage putting in, bedroom will get capacity to store linens and a new chest of draws. Moving everything around to do that will be hell, it may be easier to pay for outside storage while it’s being done as I’ve nowhere to put a room and a halfs worth of stuff!!!

    Lots of planning first… Waited 7 years so far, may take another seven lol!

    Hope the move goes well John, take care, look after yourself cos it can be a stressful time.

    Hugs, T x

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    Sandra Carlse June 10, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Hope the move goes well John x I bet you are going to find crafty bits you forgot you had & little treasurer’s you haven’t had time to finish x Good luck x

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    I moved craft stash from from a cluttered bedroom to converted garden shed, that was bad enough…thought it would help me prioritise what I wanted to keep…nah now I just have a cluttered shed lol.
    Good luck.

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    Good luck with the move John and packing craftroom oh dear good luck with that one 🤣🤣x

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    All the best with your move John. I know on the occasions when I attempt to tidy, it always gets worse before it gets better.
    Also, I hope you can keep track. I lost some stash in my last-but-one tidy up and I still have absolutely no idea where it is, only where it used to be! Clare x

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    Julie Jenkins June 10, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Good luck John you must super brave lol. The thought of having to move all my crafty goodies gives me the shivers!! Be brave 😂 . I hope you have the biggest craft room in your new home.

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    You could move house quite often in the time it takes to pack up, move and even more slowly, unpack the craft room. I don’t think I’ve got the energy to move in the immediate future, my craft room is very full…….!! Best of luck John,. xx



    Good luck John with the move. With my 2 craft rooms and hubby’s hobbies would not have energy. Look forward to seeing a beautiful, tidy new John’s workroom. X

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    danandsanhotmailcouk June 10, 2019 at 7:47 am

    All the best, John. I dont have any advice to give, but I understand the enormity of the task ahead of you. Be brave and soldier on, as it be a mega achievement when done. Once done, you may well be able to us some tips, do’s n dont’s.
    🙏🏼 Good Luck. Sandra S.

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    Mrs B Woodford June 10, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Ooh, a very exciting time for you. Good lick with your move John.

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    Hope the move goes smoothly, enjoy your new home and craft space xx Hazel

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    Diana Reynolds June 10, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Best of luck with your move John. I know how you feel about sorting out your craft room! Mine is worse and would take longer to sort out.

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    Best of luck! Hope the weather is better on the East Coast! From someone living on the West Coast (Clydebank). Whilst you are tidying up/clearing out/packing – any tips on sorting out the craft stash would be appreciated! :)


    Carole Morgan June 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Good luck with your move John. Keep motivated & try not to get side tracked too often, when you find something you’ve forgotten you had!!!
    All the best Carole

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    Denise Sampson June 10, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Good Luck with your move John. I’m in the process of moving from an upstairs bedroom to my much bigger (and sunnier) conservatory. So far it has taken me nearly three months but I am slowly getting there!

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