So, I'll tell you a secret. I'm not the most organized person. 🤫 In some areas of life I am, but I've always struggled to keep my workspace, virtual or otherwise, neat and organized. Honestly, I didn't even know I needed this little cart until I saw it on Instagram.
(OK. Well, I sort of knew I needed something to organize my studio supplies and stickers!)
I'm admittedly cheap and usually just try to make things I have on-hand work, so I've been using this tiny side table thingy to hold my Cricut machine and a few supplies. As you can see, it looked like a nightmarish mess. 😅 Too small. Not organized. Cricut is way too big for it. It's wobbly. Too close to the wall when operating Cricut....need I go on?
My studio is a shared space that doubles as a workout area (and triples as a guest room when we have visitors). So, when projects started spilling over to my treadmill as a holding place 😬, I realized the problem may be worse than I thought. 😝 Using the treadmill as a worktable? (Umm... Seriously. Who uses their treadmill as a workbench? )
Anyway, let's get on to the main reason you are reading this.... info on the Honey Can Do Rolling Cart! 🙌 Oh. My. Gosh. It's such a simple little thing, but sometimes the simplest things can be the best upgrades! Honestly, I just bought this because it was on sale and I justified it as a birthday present. 😂 I wouldn't go spending a hundred dollars on it, but grabbing it for nearly half off was ok! Here are my takeaways: 1. First of all, this cart has DRAWERS! TWELVE DRAWERS! I am a big fan of a hidden mess....er....I mean, drawers. I prefer drawers to shelves because you don't have to be as meticulous about keeping things neat. 😬 #OCD To top it off, the drawers have pulls. I've owned a few of these cart type things in the past and this is the only one that has had pulls and it definitely makes a difference in the appearance and ease of use. Sounds silly - but true.
2. I suck at assembling things. Like, it usually takes me 3 times the predicted time in the instruction packet and by the time I'm actually finished with the dang thing, something is inevitably backwards or otherwise wonky. 😂 I built this in under 30 minutes. (Yes, I timed it! 🤓) If I can, I know you can, too! (*Instruction tips from the not-so-pro later.)
3. The fact that this has wheels is a gamechanger for Cricut. Having to relocate your machine or pull a stationary table out every time you use the Cricut is not ideal. Being able to roll this 10 inches away from the wall is. (*More on the wheels in my instruction tips.)
4. One drawback is that the drawers are not wide enough to store 12 x 12" scrapbook paper. This is not a big deal for me because I store this elsewhere in plastic storage bins designed for this size scrapbook paper. But if you're an avid scrapbooker and need storage for your paper packs, this will not fit that need.
Instruction tips from the not-so-pro:
I always open out my box and lay out all my hardware, components, etc. I cannot tell you how many times there is a screw or something missing. This will help you see what you've got. At first glance the instructions that came with this cart made my brain melt. 😅
As I've said, I'm not great with assembly or puzzles. 😬 Once I looked closer, I realized the assembly is quite simple they just overcomplicated and cluttered the diagram a bit. 😝
They don't tell you which order to hook these things together, so here's what I did. First I attached the two side rails by hooking them together with the top and bottom bars. Don't tighten the screws the whole way in until later. This will give you a little wiggle room to slip the middle rail in ....well...the middle. How's that for technical speak? 😅
Perhaps there is an easier way to assemble, but unless you're an octopus, this is what I found to be the simplest to prevent it from falling over a million times with a one-person assembly team. 😊
I read reviews before purchasing this cart and one person mentioned how sharp the rails are. Her knuckle got cut on it while assembling. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for me 😬), her pain was my gain. Since I saw this I was extra careful around the rails, and as accident-prone as I am, I came out unscathed. She's right, though. The rails were not rounded much, if at all, so be careful! You've been warned.
OK. So these ARE supposed to click into place. That sounds stupid, but...they were very hard to snap all the way in, so I actually wasn't sure if they did??? I think a rubber mallet would have been helpful, but I didn't do that. Instead I discovered, yes, they were supposed to snap fully into place once I placed my Cricut on top and the weight of the machine + items in the drawers snapped the wheels in for me. Hey, thanks, guys! 😅
This is made of perforated metal and supports the weight of a Cricut machine just fine, but I'm not sure I'd put a whole ton of weight on the top because it seems like it could bend. This also takes a little effort to snap on, but it wasn't nearly as hard as the wheels. 😝
I hope this mini-review helps you! If you get this cart, I'd love to see how you organize your drawers and pick up some fun tips from you! ❤️
Til then...happy creating!