Being stuck at home can be depressing, but you can also be productive while you’re sidelined. Everyone I know has been working on projects they’ve neglected in the past. I am no different. My husband converted our coat closet into a dish closet for me last fall. I never utilized it properly, and over the last six months it has slowly become a disorganized place where we jam anything and everything. Today I finally turned this messy catch-all into the ETSY Storage Closet Makeover of my dreams.
Although I dabbled with an ETSY store in the past, I never had more than a few items for sale. I tried to sell vintage dishes for several weeks, but went back to selling them in my eBay store. I still love vintage dishes, but I’ve come to realize that I enjoy using them in tablescapes and other types of decor more than selling them. So, I’ve decided to peddle hand painted watering cans, flower pots, and etc. in my revamped Love My Little Cottage ETSY Store instead. I sold my first four items last week.
Let’s start with the contents of my “shipping shelf.” I have my boxes, bubble wrap, foam, shipping paper, small padded envelopes, tissue paper, and extra packing tape on this shelf. I am all about accessibility. I wrote about this concept in my last organization post, Craft Storage Shelf for Works in Progress. If I can’t see or reach an item, it won’t do me any good.
Just like the Craft Storage Shelf for Works in Progress that I organized in January, My Etsy Storage Closet Makeover focuses on creating a place where I can easily reach the items I use the most. I’m not overly concerned with having cutesy matching storage boxes or including items that will not be needed on a daily basis. I have other areas in my home where I store things that I only use occasionally.
My product shelf contains the items I have painted, or plan to paint. In the future, I may store finished items in another closet and use this shelf for raw materials only.
The media shelf contains my paints, texture, glue, paper for making patterns, finishing sprays, and chicken wire. There is a small shipping basket on the right side that holds my packing tape gun and postal scale. I have these two vital items in a small, portable basket so I can carry it to the kitchen table, weigh my packages, and tape them before shipping. If a container has a lid, I place it underneath, rather than on top of the container, to keep my items completely accessible.
The floor of my Etsy Storage Closet Makeover contains a hardware box, a box of paint rollers and brushes, a large, unpainted flower pot, and an empty box with more chicken wire. My hardware box contains important items like my glue gun, stencils, cabinet knobs, and etc. I’ve had this hardware box for several decades, and know the contents like the back of my hand. If I didn’t, it would not have a lid.
Here’s a close up of the pretty tissue paper on the shipping shelf. I included this picture because one of my goals is to give each customer a positive experience when he or she receives the ETSY package in the mail. A nicely packaged item is much better than a shoddily packaged one.
Pictured above is the front view of the post card I plan to put inside each ETSY package. Now that things are organized, I can focus on creating great products and packaging for my customers.
I hope you enjoyed my ETSY Storage Closet Makeover! I’d love to hear about all the projects and new ventures you’ve taken on as a result of all the time you’ve spent at home recently. I’m looking for the silver lining among these dark clouds.
Hang in There!
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