ORGANIZATION

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How many of us like to know where are stuff is? I certainly do. Everyone has a different need for organization and it is constantly open for revision. Organizing a craft area is challenge. I have a difficult time getting rid of stash that I just know I’ll need. There is a time to de-stash but we will talk about that later. Organizing our stash is extremely personal. Some of us have spent hours perusing Pinterest and Googling organization. We’ve read books and gone to AA for Crafters and still we are stymied. I believe that the best thing we can do for ourselves at this point is to forgive. Our goal is happy crafter and maybe if we have a family we might need to think of their space needs too.

ANALYZE WHAT YOU HAVE & HOW YOU WORK

Here are a few things to ask yourself before you begin organizing anything

  1. Identify your space available.
  2. Do you like to see your stash (like I do) or do you prefer it hidden away? This is key when deciding on your method of storage.
  3. Do you work better sitting or standing?
  4. Do you like zoned work areas?
  5. Do you want space for others to craft with you? It really is about the friendships we form while crafting together.
  6. How much are you willing to spend on organizing? Be honest and inventive.

MY SPACE ANALYSIS RESULTS

I like to see my stash. I forget where I put things so I label boxes, bins, drawers, etc. I prefer to stand and walk around from zone to zone. And most of all, I love crafting with friends so I need space for them. My craft space is in my finished basement. I keep it on the cool side. So, I have a basket full of slippers and several sweatshirts for myself and friends.

MY STORAGE SOLUTIONS

  • Handheld Labeler
  • Cube drawer organizers made by Ashland. I found mine at Michael’s Craft Store. They stack which was a huge plus for me. I use these to compartmentalize my stash. I use the divided one to separate DSP and 12″ x 12″ cardstock.
  • IKEA Billy Bookcase (15 3/4″ wide) The wider one sags if you load it up with paper. 
  • IKEA Gnedby Bookcase (7 7/8″ x 79 1/2″) Holds about 80 of the Stampin’ Up! DVD stamp cases.
  • IKEA Kallax units
  • Slat Wall – comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets at lumber yard
  • Slat Wall hangers from lumber yard
  • For 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock:   Avery Clear Heavyweight Sheet Protectors or Job Tickets or Vinyl Envelope (I use Heavyweight Sheet Protector)
  • For 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP):   12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ Crystal Clear Zip Bags with Euro Hand Hole from Clearbags.com (Funny story here – I did not read description thoroughly and ended up with 1000 bags. I got a great deal though!)
  • Magnetic Cards for dies from Stamp n Storage
  • Ink Storage Units from Stamp n Storage
  • Advantus Cropper Hopper for 12″ x 12″ paper if not using the slotted cube made by Ashland.
  • For embossing powders that are used most often: Sistema Klip IT rectangle containers (6.7 oz and 12.85 oz). I picked mine up at TJMaxx.
  • Work surface
  • NEW FROM Stampin’ Up! Storage trays and cubes for inks and markers. They take up less space than the Stamp n Storage product.

Alright. Now you want photos don’t you.

MY SPACE

I am lucky to have a basement that I can call mine. I have a 10′ x 10′ utility room that has built-in shelves on one wall. We put a slat wall up on the opposite wall. I have collected lots of the cube organizers over the years and created a credenza work area under the slat wall and under the egress window. I have zones to make it easier for me to clean up and find things: Die Cutting, Paper Cutting, Heat Embossing, Paper & Ink Storage and my working surface. My space is always in a state of improvement. 

I like white walls that reflect the light in my workspace. In reality there is very little open wall not covered by shelves of lovely goodies.

MY ZONES