By: Heidi Swapp Posted: June 10, 2013, 2 comments
Allow me to ‘preface’ this by saying that I am not ‘organized’ by nature. For me, ‘organized’ is really more about having things easily accessible, and easily put-backable … (is that a word)? But I do have a few ideas to share that work really well for me!
About my studio: My scrapbook studio is located on the 2nd floor landing/loft area. It’s not very big, but from that vantage point I can see down into the kitchen, dining, and family room to keep an eye on the goings on, so it works out pretty good. The counters/cabinets I have had for about 9 years or so; they are all modular so we just keep rearranging them depending on the space I have to set up in.
The most important thing for me is to have the stuff I use the most often, the most accessible. I have 2 counter tops set up parallel with about 4 feet in between them. I have a misting/craft mat and cutting mat on both counters so that I have multiple working areas. I added 2 plug strips which ensures I have plenty of power when I need it!
I use my misting sprays and inks all the time, so I have them both in very accessible open areas. I have the mists in a zebra print box, and the inks in an open basket on a shelf within arm’s reach. I keep my heat tool and hot glue gun in the open drawers on top of my counter, I almost always use those! The other must-have, easy access solution I LOVE is my ‘scrap drawer’. This is just where I toss my off-cuts and extra pieces as I go; I don’t try to file them, but whenever I am looking for something, I check the scraps first…often I find stuff I kinda forgot about!
I find myself using hot glue sticks and white ribbon a lot, so I have a dedicated jar for each of those right on my counter top. I keep a craft mat and a cutting mat out all the time. It makes it faster to get things done!
I keep my thread in a wide mouth jar. Its home is high on a shelf. I don’t need it quite so close! I am still beyond thrilled with my paper storage solution — the ‘shoe’ storage chest that I got at Ikea. You may have seen me mention it last summer when I got it, but it’s so great — it only sticks out like 5”, and fits 12×12 paper and even bulkier items perfectly yet looks so nice and clean! It’s fabulous!
Crafters and paper crafters alike have all kinds of trinkets they need to be easy to see, and find! I have found different sizes of drawer organizers and “modular” storage pieces so they will fit my drawers and my stuff! I have about 4 drawers like this. The key is that they need to be cleaned out and moved around often! The ‘banner delights’ were a bit of a challenge since they are 12” long and sometime snag on each other. I re-purposed a long kitchen utensils tray that used to have my alpha stamps in it. It holds the banner delights perfectly!
I planned to only use my Memory File boxes to house completed “memory files“… but in them I have found the PERFECT solution to storing many of my most favorite supplies! I took a set of my pretty files and labeled them to hold different categories of flat stuff! This system works perfectly for alphabet sheets, instaframes, labels, stickers, buzz words, pennants, notes… really anything that is flat! It’s the greatest thing! So easy to get out, and put away — and even take with me on the road! The box is so pretty, it looks great… and is so functional! I love it!
The biggest trick is to store stuff how it makes sense to you; and prioritize it from what you use the MOST to what you use the least! I like it to be as easy to put back, as it is to get out. I think that it makes such a big difference to feel like you know where things are, and where they go!