Okay, calm down, I know you LOVE everything! So do I, but the reality is that we each have a designated crafting space and all of our things need to fit in that space. For some, they are lucky enough to have a whole room dedicated to crafting. For others like me, I have a small space in my home. Since I don’t have a craft room, I have a workbox from www.theoriginalscrapbox.com I have the original workbox from a few years ago, now there is a workbox 3.0 which has lots of cool features. There are storage solutions for all spaces, but you have to really look at what you are using and get rid of what is collecting dust. The way I organize is to start with similar items, for example, let’s say stamps. When I am ready to go through my stamps, I pull 1 out at a time and I ask myself the following questions;
- Is there a layer of dust on this?
- Is all this clutter overwhelming me?
- When was the last time I used this?
- Do I have 10 other stamp sets with the same theme?
- Do you spend 20 minutes looking for something?
If you answered YES to any of all of the questions above, it’s time to let go. As I go through my stash I put the items I’m rehoming into a box. Now, don’t let them sit there, you need to sell them and then you can use that income to buy things that you are going to use or replenish some of your staples. Some ideas of where to sell things are; Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook garage sale groups, Facebook craft groups or have a good old fashion garage sale.
You can see in the picture above, this is my craft space. I love the workbox because everything is organized and labeled. I can find what I need easily and it’s in arms reach. I can see all the product that I own which helps me figure out future purchases… before the workbox I was guilty of purchasing the same things twice only to find them later…
Now, let’s talk about stamp storage. One of the things that I LOVE about Stampin’ Up! stamp sets is that they come in DVD cases which makes storage options fantastic. Currently, I am using a DVD spinner rack, each side of this DVD storage case holds 110 DVD cases. As you can see I don’t even have 1 side filled so I have lots of room to grow.. Well, at least one more year. I keep new stamp sets on the top shelf so I am sure to use them. The rest are in alphabetical order. I used to keep them by theme organized by theme, but so many sets are versatile and can be used for several occasions.
Okay, so put down the Occasions Catalog 2017 and go purge your craft room so you have room for all the new goodies that you can order in two more days! That’s right, you can order on January 4, 2017 from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalog. Be sure to come back next Monday, we’ll be covering paper storage.