I was flipping through the most recent issue of The Martha’s magazine this week when I came to an ad for her Home Depot Craft Space Collection. I sat there staring at awe at further evidence of The Martha’s plans for global domination. I mean, after all, kitchen and dining tables sufficed for home crafters for centuries and now we’re being told that we’ve been doing it all wrong and we should be doing it The Martha’s way.
Of course, that’s The Martha’s M.O., isn’t it? Show the world how much better her way is, then convince us to join in the fun. I’m telling you, we’re not far off from a time when The Martha rules us all.
This craft storage is insane, yo. It’s beautiful (but of course) and it’s functional, but I’m wondering about who has space for all these pieces of furniture. But perhaps that’s not the point, eh? Because we all totally neeeeeeeed spool and bobbin storage, right? And rubber stamp and punch storage, yes? And a gift wrap hutch?
I think if I were a serious, hardcore crafter or artist, this sort of organizational excellence would make sense, but I’m also pretty sure I’d find far less expensive ways to get there than a $400 cabinet or even a $50 wall unit. Goodness knows that Pinterest is just chock-full of easy and inexpensive ideas. But for me, a person who doesn’t sew (I lack talent in that arena) and who loathes scrapbooking (very Village of Yawn for me), I think I’m going to stick with my usual fancy schmancy organizing tactics involving shoeboxes and plastic bins.
That said, I must confess, I am somewhat enamored by the idea of having a perfectly organized gift wrap station. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that, but I believe in honesty here at Jen on the Edge, so I’ll share my shame with the world.I will acknowledge that the notion of having a whole hutch/table set up where I could quickly and efficiently wrap gifts appeals to me a great deal, especially at Christmas time when I have stacks of goodies on the guest room bed and I’m trying to wrap neatly on a mattress without throwing out my back.
For years, I’ve attempted to come up with the perfect system of organizing paper, ribbons, gift tags, tape, and more, but it has eluded me. We inevitably end up with several rolls of paper lying on the bed, along with smaller scraps of paper that I can’t bear to throw away because I know I can use them to wrap something. And then I’ll attempt to sort the ribbons into a not-very-tangled mess in a basket and put the gift tags into another container and so forth. But yet things will get inevitably become disorganized before too long.
Oh wait, perhaps that’s why The Martha is advocating that I do things her way… Because things stay tidy in Martha-land that way.
Okay, yes, now I get it.
But I’m still not buying the damn hutch.
What do you think? If money and space were no object, would you buy the organizing furniture? Back in reality, how do you deal with the wrapping paper issue?