Several times, when people have visited our physical location (7510 Cherry Park Dr., Suite B, Houston) they have commented on how organized my workroom is. This is not an accident!
Over the years, I have read widely and deeply about how to organize oneself. When it comes to craft supplies, I have a somewhat unique challenge in that I don't just do 1 craft. This means that systems created for - say - card makers won't really work for my dollhouse miniatures. I have some items like the miniature furniture, in particular, which are bulky. On the other hand, I also have a lot of card stock, patterned paper, embellishments, and tools like embossing folders which are useful for a variety of crafts, but don't fit well into storage systems for miniatures. I also don't just make things for myself; I create class prototypes, make-and-take kits, and items to sell on our Etsy shop. Working on your own projects requires a different way of organizing than storing multiples for classes! I also have the workroom at the shop and a workroom at my house, so keeping track of what is where is an added challenge. So, over this past year I have really had to rethink how I organize my supplies and tools.
For years, I have admired the Scrapbox, both for its holding capacity, and for its ability to close up into a tidy, elegant, small footprint. I had never been able to justify in my own mind the expense, though ... until one came for sale (used) locally! I jumped at it and have been spending the last few weeks loading it up.
Today, I will show a few shots of the overall organization of the Scrapbox (it is not full yet, because I am re-working the storage systems at the shop as I go). In subsequent posts, I will also explain how I decided to put various items in their respective locations.
I should note that my overall system of organization (as opposed to containerization) owes a great debt to Totally Tiffany's Get Organized Challenge. Her challenge is FREE and well worth the investment of time.
The original Scrapbox
This is the Scrapbox sitting in its new home, out in our main workroom.
In the picture above, the shelves and some of the cloth drawers are visible. Note that we have enough of the soft-sided (clear front!) drawer inserts to fill every nook & cranny of the Scrapbox.
So what's a crafter to do with all that space? Come back for our next installment and I'll tell you!