Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Reseller Shipping Station Evolution + Curbside Find Bookshelf Before and After


Working from home is balancing act, especially when you work, live, sleep, relax, and party all in one apartment you share with a roommate! This is the largest apartment I've ever lived in, but it's been a challenge to make my combination office/dining room/living room space function well as all three while keeping it looking good. Lately the pieces have fallen into place and I've hit a happy balance.


On the way home one night I spied a large, simple wooden shelf on the side of the road. Clues told me it was a customized built-in shelf that someone ripped out during a home renovation. I happily carried it up the stairs so it could begin a new life as the heart of my small "shipping/packing" station. The boxes on the shelf hold packing peanuts and pillow packs.


I painted the bookshelf a bright, springy minty green. The black wire "baskets" break down completely and are meant for selling at markets/conventions. I'm tempted to spray paint them yellow or orange but I may regret that when I do an art show or convention again so I'm leaving them black for now. The boxes in the first picture were covered over in IKEA fabric, DIY on that coming soon.


The next thing I needed was an ever-ready "photo studio". It's low tech for now, I'm going to order and create backdrops in the future. It saves a lot of time and frustration to always have my studio ready for me to take photos for my Etsy shop. Frequently used items and props are stored below my backdrop.

A work space is always an evolution as you edit, remove, and add things to work more efficiently. Next I want to find or make some inexpensive rug, craft more storage boxes, and frame inspiring art. To see more of my work space evolution behold my Woodgrain Dry Erase Board DIY and my Desk Makeover.

Where do you work/craft/computer at home? How do you make mutli-function spaces work for you?
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  1. I've been working on my work space for the past few days too. I feel like the packing supplies get out of control and hoarderish so easily, it's hard to keep it under control. Your space turned out great! It looks like everything is super easy to find. That's going to save so much time and money for you.

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    1. Yes indeed! Before packing four packages could take an hour or more because the supplies were out of the way in my bedroom closet and generally in different areas. Now it's done in minutes! Back-up peanuts, bubble wrap, and large boxes still have to be stored in half of my bedroom closet.

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  3. I so need to set up a permanent photoshoot area in our office. Oh the endless list of things to be done agggrrrr.

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  6. I do have a house with a basement so all my packing supplies are down there. However, they are not organized at all! Am waiting for warmer weather to stay down there and get things into shape. I ususally wrap up orders on my washer!

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    1. House dwellers are lucky in that respect! But I've come to appreciate my apartment limitations and how they force me to par down and be creative with space. If I had unlimited soace I'd nevet stop getting merch!

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    2. You are absolutely right! Although even a basement has its limits ;)

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  7. P.S. thanks for the blog visit!

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    1. No prob, thanks as always for your feedback :)

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  8. Really? I figured you would have a much larger shipping station what with all your awesome inventory. Or maybe my shipping station is just that out of control! lol I'm always curious about others "stations" for selling. Thanks for the peek at yours! :)

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    1. Mine was out of control too! I used up nearly everything. Only when I had the small amount above left did I get inspired to set up a cute packing area. More back up boxes are in my bedroom closet.

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  12. I love the top DIY...I think the bookshelf, wire baskets, and cloth-covered boxes look REALLY GOOD! They look so pro!

    My office space is my couch and then, I try to keep my camera equipment organized but haven't found a good way yet. I need to think on that and write a post!

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    1. I'd love to read that! I really like the fabric-covered boxes for organization, I'm going to make several more for the rest of my supplies. (One for adhesives, paints, markets, etc.) Just trying to find matching ones.

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  13. Oh, the pain of trying to make your living space a work space! I converted my sunroom into my office where my desk, computer, and printer reside. In the same room, I also have a card table set up as my craft table/photography station. There is almost always some craft project on the table, so I have to constantly move things around when it comes time to take photos for eBay. (I also craft on my living room coffee table).

    As for my shipping station, I converted my dining room to a packing/shipping center and also installed some gorilla shelving for inventory storage. My business is actually spread all over my house. I have shipping supplies and/or inventory in every room of my house except the bathroom. In fact I will be doing a presentation next month for my local eBay sellers' Meetup group on how to organize your home work space.

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    1. The eBay seller's meetup sounds AWESOME! Wish I could attend that one. I've been there with inventory scattered everywhere, it stressed me the hell out! Boyfriend kindly let me store merchandise in his unused sunroom (http://www.thriftcore.com/2013/01/thoughts-on-reselling-and-my.html) and it makes home life so much better! The caveat is that when someone wants an additional photo of an item or info that requires me to look at the item I have to drive out there to get it! I'm finally at the stage where my work/life mess is under control. When things haven gotten hectic and the apartment has gotten trashed from my craft supplies/merch/price tags taking up every square inch of the dining room table/coffee table my roomie completely understands. Couldn't ask for a better roommate, she's a childhood best friend and never complains or blinks at the weird stuff I have to do for work.

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