Monday, February 2, 2009

How I Stay Organized

I moved last November and had to completely redo my scrapbooking area and I do not have pictures. Actually I probably won't take pics because it's really not pretty, but it's functional. From left to right I have two 5 shelf metal shelving units, a very large and deep table, a 5 drawer Steralite organizer, microwave stand with my printer & baby Cricut.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of a metal office desk that is very, very deep. I have my Cricut Expression, paper organizers, a lazy susan style organizer and I can still have my laptop and enough room to work. This did make a peg board behind the desk impossible, but it has drawers on the side so I can store my most used tools, ribbon/embellies and paperwork.

On the shelves I have my paper stored flat, but I will be looking into vertical storage. I have cardboard boxes that I keep small albums, items to alter, and one catch all. I'm sure a canvas basket would look prettier, but these were free and my room is in the basement so no one sees it.

I use baby food jars to hold brads, buttons, and metal. I have them labeled on the front of the jar and now on the top because they are in a drawer. My ribbon was on a dowel rod hanging on my peg board, but now it's shoved in a 2 gallon clear bag and which isn't working at all, but at least I can see what I have.

When I get a set of stickers, I put them in an accordian style organizer by theme. If it doesn't fit, I cut up the sheet to make it fit. I get rid of the packaging and it takes up much less space.

The best tip is to put everything away when I am done. I wipe down my Cricut mat with a baby wipe and then use it on my desk to dust and get the inks and adhesives off.