This is the space above the door into my sewing room. My hubby added a deep shelf for me just above the door and it's a perfect place to store my sewing machine covers and cases as well as pressing hams. I don't need them often so the fact that I need to get a stool to get them down isn't a problem.
Putting a shelf the length of the wall about a foot down from the ceiling gave me space to store all the odd things I need "once in a while"... jars of wooden beads, pearls, instructional tapes and DVDs, bias tape makers... etc. Note: The shelf is level it looks weird because my ceiling is vaulted. The measurement is from the lowest part of my ceiling. (See my iron cord?) I mentioned in an earlier post that hooking my cord up high keeps it out of the way.)
I have a bunch of mat "thingies"... a white slippery one with a hole in the middle for machine quilting; a couple that are sticky on both sides; some applique pressing sheets; Store them under your the mat on your cutting table. They stay flat and they're easy to find. This smart tip came from my sister, Marilyn. Thanks, Mare!
I have a bunch of rolls of stuff... chalkboard cloth, vinyl, screening, headliner, etc. A simple five gallon bucket keeps them collected and it fits easily in the corner of my closet.