Thursday, 9 April 2015

Blog Props and Storage

Since I started blogging, I have accumulated a lot of equipment, blog props, china, tea towels, napkins, background boards and of course gadgets and cake decorating equipment. Keeping these organised and easily accessible had become a challenge.


What I needed was:
  • Colour coordination of my props
  • Neatly folded and arranged napkins and fabrics
  • Bowls and plates in separate piles 
  • Labelled drawers to identify contents
  • Separate storage for arts and crafts items
  • Sturdy storage boxes for larger items
In my dining room I have two small sideboards that are dedicated to prop storage; but stacking everything in them was really difficult as everything was jumbled up. 

What I needed was a set of small drawers which would fit in the side board where I could separate the items and store them for easy finding.

First I sorted all my props into piles:
  • Napkins
  • Terracotta pots 
  • Small dipping bowls
  • Large bowls
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Misc props such as ribbons, straws, flowers, string.
  • Larger electrical items and bake ware and cake tins
Since my budget was limited, I looked around for some sturdy card board boxes with lids for my napkins etc and I folded them and stacked them in the boxes so that I could easily see the colours of them. Asda do some pretty card board boxes that are perfect for this


Next I found two old wicker hampers I had in my loft. The hampers were empty baskets that were once received with food items although you can buy them separately for about five pounds each from wicker hampers. I used the larger one to store my cards and fabrics and all my craft items. The smaller basket I used to store my craft equipment such as scissors, glue, glue gun,stencils, brushes etc.


Finally I wanted some sort of storage drawers that I could use to store my smaller bowls, cutlery and have them easily accessible. I managed to purchase some fairly inexpensive plastic drawer sets from my local Asda supermarket in their home section. They are very basic plastic and not very heavy duty but for my purpose they were fine. 






Each drawer unit has three drawers two small and one large, the smaller drawers were perfect for the smaller items and the slightly larger drawer is ideal for the bigger bowls. 



Furthermore, the drawer units all fit into my sideboard but can also be stacked on the floor or on top of the sideboard unit for free standing. Ideally, I would have preferred something sturdier, however they do the job perfectly so for the moment I am happy.


For my haberdashery, braids, buttons, beads and smaller craft items I purchased some mini three drawer units that I bought from the pound shop, yes pound shop each unit was only one pound. They are ideal for storing the smaller nick nacks. For the larger bake ware and gadgets that I don't use very often I was able to store these in strong cardboard boxes. 


There are many storage systems available if you need to sort out your storage. These vary from permanent storage units to wicker basket units, cardboard boxes, plastic lidded tubs and plastic and wooden drawer units. 

In my case, I needed storage for the house, but there are many situations such as a house move, relocation, student move or whilst having home renovations where one may need to source packaging, transport, temporary storage or permanent storage that is safe and secure. Space station is one company that offers a full storage and removal solution to all your requirements.


I am happy that all my equipment is now sorted and easy to locate in one place.

This post was in collaboration with Space Station, all views and opinions in this post are my own.



31 comments:

  1. This is really a very useful post for us bloggers.. always finding space to store the new addition of props.

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  2. So lovely and neat! I need to do this with my kitchen cupboard that stores my china and kitchen gadgets. It has become such a mess x

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  3. Wow you really do have a lot of props, that's impressive!

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  4. You have some great storage solutions there. I hate it when the house is messy so I like to have everything organised too

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  5. This makes me so happy. I love organising things and I wish I had more organising space for my props. I also wish I had more props! x

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  6. What a lovely lot of props! I have everything scattered around the house with no organisation whatsoever. I'm really hoping, once we decorate I'll be able to rectify that and actually get organised. Thanks for sharing the way you do it!

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  7. Great storage ideas lovely! I need to sort some out for myself! xx

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  8. Wow very impressed. I'd like to get more props for blogging, but I need to work out storage.

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  9. I love organising as well and this is so neat and tidy. I wish I had more props but with more thing comes more organising. great post x

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  10. Honestly whoever thought you'd need so much storage for blogging!

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  11. Some great storage solutions here I think I am going to look into some of the plastic storage for my blog things.

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  12. I'm a little envious of all your fabulous storage and wonderful props. You did well to get all your props into your sideboard, my craft stuff is scattered across 2 rooms at the moment.

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  13. Oh my goodness, you are so organised! The storage looks amazing - as do your props!

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  14. Wow I love how organised your blog props are - mine are far from it I am afraid I should definitely try and sort them out a bit. x

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  15. We collect so many props and other stuff, it really becomes difficult to store everything in an organized way.. This post is really useful, thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love how organised you have all your props, I'd love a collection like that

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  17. I love all the china!! The spoons, the bowls, love love love! So great <3

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  18. useful and something `i should do after I have sorted my other storage

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  19. I've just done something similar in my house.. well not as organised as you but I've added more storage options. I want ALL your props x

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  20. Wow that's an extensive collection. Gosh I must be doing something wrong? I don't collect props, I just pull out what ever I can get my hands on? Should I be paying more attention to this sort of thing? Lovely storage solutions :)

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  21. So organised, it looks really good and tidy. Love the storage in hamper basket idea.

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  22. I feel a little like this for my desk! ... i ought to follow your lead! x

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  23. You are so organised. I love all your props. We all need a room to collect all the stuff we accumulate

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  24. This is such a great post. Ive just started collecting pieces of fabric for backgrounds and so on, so it is nice to see how someone else stores them x

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  25. Wow, you are very organised. My blog corner is a mess!

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  26. Wow like the way u have arranged your stuff

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  27. Wow, what a collection and how jealous am I about how organised you are. This is the stuff of dreams

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  28. Wow, what a lovely collection and I'm really impressed with your fabulous storage and organisation. I feel quite inspired by that

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  29. Oh my gosh I am insanely envious of your collection and all that storage!!!!!! We've recently moved house and I hoped I could take a corner of the spare room to the blog but we just don't have the space. :'(

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  30. Wow Nayna. What luxury to be able to organise your props and have the space to store them in such a way that you can access them easily.

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  31. how lovely to be organised - this is my dream idea!

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