Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Top Ten Organizational Tips




Hi Stampers! Today I thought I would share some tips that I use for keeping my craft space organized. You can never be too organized, right? Also, I find that being able to locate exactly what you're looking for right away, without having to search for things, saves so much time and keeps crafting more fun. So, here are a few ideas (my top ten!), and I hope you find one or two of them useful for your craft space.


1. Catalog your inventory. I keep a looseleaf binder to keep track of the stamp sets that I have. When a new order arrives, before I mount the stamps or use them, I copy the insert (for clear mount sets) or the sheet of labels (for wood mount sets). I then punch with a three-hole-punch and put into my looseleaf binder. I separate each category similar to the categories in the Stampin' Up! catalog. It is so much easier to look through a binder than it is to pull out all your boxes of stamps to see what you do and do not have.


2. Organize your cardstock. I purchased a plastic file box not too long ago and sorted out all my cardstock at that time. What a difference a little change makes! I know that many crafters prefer to keep their cardstock on open shelves, but I prefer to keep mine out of direct sunlight so there is no chance of fading. I'm fortunate that my craft space is in a sunny room! I must admit that this box has become rather full, and my Specialty Paper is elsewhere pending an additional box. Not to worry; I'm on the task!


3. Label your ink pads. My best storage investment from the Stampin' Up! catalog is the Color Caddy. It is so awesome to have every color of ink at your fingertips. I also labeled them all to make locating the correct color even faster. I found that it did not spin as easily as I would have liked, however, so I now have it sitting on a sturdy OXO Lazy Susan. My Color Caddy is not quite full yet, but I'm working on it! 


4. Keep your tools and accessories handy. Another storage device that I just love is my Desktop Carousel. It's so great having all my blender pens,embossing powder, glitter, scissors, you name it right on my desk. You wouldn't believe how much you can fit in it. Stampin Mist, Color Coach, adhesives, Dimensionals; it's all in there.


5. Store leftover "punchies" in Stack and Store Containers. If you're like me, you always have leftover punched or die cut pieces that did not get used right away. Keep them handy for your next project by storing them in Stack and Store Containers. You can purchase empty containers, or like I did, re-use an empty button or brad container. Cut out a piece of DSP using the Circles Die and, of course, add a couple "punchies" so you know what is inside. 


6. 12x12 Scrapbook Storage: All of my 12x12 card stock and Designer Paper fit neatly into several of these handy beauties. After I have opened a new package of DSP, I put it into a scrapbook refill page, as the original packaging usually tears after a bit. Smaller pieces of DSP go into a Ziploc sandwich sized bag.


7. Keep catalogs and magazines in magazine files: I keep all of my old Idea Books, Mini Catalogs and Stampin' Success magazines (a publication for demonstrators only) in these handy magazine files. I love looking through old issues to get inspiration!


8. Storage for clear mount stamp sets: My shelves are pretty deep, and I didn't want my clear mount stamp sets to slide all the way to the back of the shelf. I discovered that they fit perfectly into a plastic container turned on it's side. I keep only my current sets here. Retired products are stored on upper shelves waiting for my next Ebay sale.


9. Find a handy spot for your Big Shot: If you use a Big Shot or other large tool, find somewhere to keep it handy. If it is in a box buried in your closet you'll never use it. The desktop organizer that I have mine on was almost cast away in an attempt to make more space, but I realized it was perfect for the Big Shot. It elevates it a few inches, which is helpful if you are like me, and prefer to crank the Big Shot standing up. Also, the little drawer below fits the platform and other large items that won't fit into my plastic shoe boxes. It sits on a placemat because it makes it easier to slide, kind of like being on wheels!


10. Box up and label everything!: OK, I realize that I have some issues and that my life would not be complete if it were not organized into plastic boxes and labeled. However, it's a system that works for me! 


So, that's a peek at my craft space. It is still a work in progress and I am constantly re-organizing and trying to make the most efficient use of space. Just when I think I have it all figured out, I go and buy more products and then they don't fit and I have to re-organize again! It's a fun problem, though!


One last tip... Stamp with a buddy! My best pal Oreo always keeps me company in my craft room. I hope you found something useful in this post. Please comment if you did!

Sandy

Resources: 
Home Depot: Clear plastic boxes, shelves
Ikea: Office furniture, chairs, lamps, magazine files
Bed, Bath and Beyond: OXO Lazy Susan
Homegoods: Desktop organizers
Staples: File storage boxes, hanging file folders, three hole punch, Brother P-touch label maker
Michael's: 12x12 scrapbook storage boxes, desktop carousel
Target: Looseleaf binders, dividers
Ebay: File tab and ink pad labels (type 'Stampin Up labels' in the search bar and you'll find them)
Stampin' Up!: All other items


27 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the great storage tips. I've been trying to get myself organized, so I know I'll be referring back often. My stamps and accessories have grown drastically since I started stamping in January. I really love the desktop caddy since all is within easy reach. Great idea for the binder to help remember what stamp sets you have also. Easy to forgot some of those goodies at times. Will look for some of those little containers for extra punched items since always have extras. Also am currently looking for a good home for my Big Shot so more easily accessible. The ink spinner is at the top of my list for a 1/2 price item at my next party. Love it!

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  2. Sandy, I love your organization. I'm a neat freak too, but one thing I didnt have, until you inspired me, was a desktop carousel. Sooooo, I went out and bought myself one! Thanks so much for all the tips!

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  3. I am so envious! I have to do my stamping at our kitchen table :( My things are pretty organized, but I have to keep them in totes or on a bookshelf in a different room, so I don't have the joy of looking at all of my goodies at once. I love your storage for the punched pieces and will have to start doing that! Fabulous room and a super sweet stamping buddy too!

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  4. I love all those ideas....and especially the last one! I have a similar little buddy, but she has her own pillow that she sleeps on....and SNORES!

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  5. I love your ideas! I really needed the idea for the punchies, because I ended up keeping some in the stamp box as a "temporary" solution. I like your stamping buddy. So cute!

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  6. Thank you for the good tips. I'm with you everything is good until I buy more stuff. It does make it more fun when you can find things quickly. I need a table carousel....more stuff.

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  8. Great tip on raising your big shot and placing it on a placemat to move it around easily. Thanks bunches.

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  9. Love the Big Shot idea. Where did you get the platform that it is on. That would work perfect for me and I won't have the plates all over.

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    1. The platform came from Homegoods but I purchased it quite a while ago.

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    2. It has been hard for me to organize things all my life. Your ideas are terrific! Thanks so much, I'm grateful for them. I love cats. Mine passed away and when I'm ready, I will definitely have another one!

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  10. Fabulous post Sandy. I'm so glad I found it linked on Pinterest. Great tips and I love the picture of your space. Now I have to look for a similar Big Shot platform. Super desk and side pieces too. Love your buddy idea too. Yours is a darling.

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  11. I just got a rescue cat from a shelter. She is awesome!

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  12. I would be lost without my Desktop Carousel :) The time I spent organizing it was time well spent! I even take it on retreats with me. My scrap buddies name is Journey. Yours is a cutie too!

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  13. Wow, I just realized this post was a few years old. Well, I just found it!! The desktop organizer you have under your Big Shot is a fabulous idea...and I have had something like it sitting in my craftroom closet for a LONG time. I just dug it out and put my Big Shot on it...placed all my platforms, plates and pads in it (mine has 2 drawers) and they all fit -- even the extended platform! Thanks so much!! =)

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    1. Oh and I also catalog my SU! stamps the same way. It's quick and easy.

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  14. You certainly have great ideas and love the big shot one. Hubby is going to try to make me one for my one thanks a million.

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  15. What is your Big Shot sitting on. What kind of drawer is it?

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  16. I too put my card stock in a file drawer but I never thought of using the scraps for the tags! It's the little things that make life easier! I know what I'll be doing tomorrow evening!

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  17. I too put my card stock in a file drawer but I never thought of using the scraps for the tags! It's the little things that make life easier! I know what I'll be doing tomorrow evening!

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  18. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas. I am very organized, but I found a couple of your tips useful, and intend to put them into practice. Great looking room, by the way!
    Thanks Again :)

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  19. I use several of your tips but really like the cataloging and big shop tips. I have my stamp sets alphabetically currently but not working since not catalogued. Thinking oh filing them by category. The platform looks like a Kuerig platform. Is it?

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  20. I do almost every one of those tips! Makes me feel better! I put my SU stamp sets in alphabetical order though. Thanks for this!

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  21. Big Shot -- I have a printer stand that I bought years ago (office supply store) that looks similar to your stand - has 4 slide-outs for paper storage, but will work perfectly for holding all the Big Shot platforms and accessories!! Thank you for great idea!

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  22. Great ideas, thanks. Love that the cat has a home there - mine loves nesting when I'm crafting for a few hours in my craft room too!

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  23. How do you store all your stickers and embellishments? That is where I have the most trouble��

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  24. I just love how clean and tidy everything is. You have inspired me to keep on working on my craft space.

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