A few months ago I participated in a challenge to define my decorating style and I determined I was Urban Classic. During that challenge the Barrister Lane Bookcase really caught my eye. The classic somewhat vintage look really appealed to my design style and this bookcase with its many cubbies appealed to my need for function.

I’m somewhat storage and organizationally challenged in a few areas of our home, so I zeroed in on needing to solve my craft supplies storage situation… and this is what that looked like before (this was only half of it!).

Not going to lie, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit what a craft supplies hoarder I was becoming. It was also costing me money because I didn’t really know what I had at times and would end up rebuying some of the same supplies because I couldn’t find what I had.

From selection and ordering on Sauder.com to delivery and assembly, I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy and well thought out things were. My unit arrived securely and carefully packaged with extra support at the edges to ensure there would be no damage to the wood. I unpacked all the pieces. The directions were very clear and the pieces were clearly labeled. All I needed for assembly was a screwdriver and a hammer. Start to finish the whole project took me a little over 2 hours. Carter helped me hammer in the back pieces, so it would have taken me a little less time without my little helper. He’s a DIY’er in the making. This kid loves to build (or maybe he just likes to bang things around!)

After getting everything put together, I assessed my craft supply situation and promptly went off to Michael’s to look for some storage bins and baskets. I scored with a 40% off storage sale going on and a coupon for 20% off my purchase. Cha ching!

I got to work on my organizing. I was able to fit in about 70% of my supplies into the bookcase. Some of my sewing supplies I keep in my sewing desk in our spare bedroom, and I keep my Silhouette Cameo supplies in our office near our computer. Someday I WILL have a craft room and everything in one place. It’s definitely a requirement for our next house. For now, I’ll live with most of my supplies being organized, easily accessible and in this stylish bookcase. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see everything put into its proper places. My jars of buttons almost look like decorative accessories and the name plates really make this piece look polished.

The bookcase will “pop” even more when I get the awful wood paneling in our basement painted, but that’s a project for winter. I’m very tempted to order the same bookcase to use for toy storage on the other half of our basement. It’s such a sturdy piece and looks very high quality at such a reasonable price.

In keeping with the storage theme, as I was shopping on Sauder.com, a bathroom storage unit caught my eye. It matched perfectly with my mirror frame and espresso painted bathroom cabinets. It looked like it was meant to be, so I couldn’t help myself. Take a look at how well it fits in! It was just as easy to assemble. I did have to contact customer service because one of the shelf pieces did not fit. No problem, they’re shipping it right away!

Two storage problems fixed, more than I’d like to count yet to come.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.