Hope you’re having a great week!
Do you have too much stuff and too little space? Are you frustrated and overwhelmed with your creative space? It happens and I’m willing to bet there aren’t too many of us who haven’t been there and done that. After all, that’s why we’re always rearranging and reorganizing. We’re constantly finding new and better ways of doing things… or in this case, organizing things. Keep reading for 12 of my favorite ideas for organizing your creative space.
- Keep a basket or bin near your workspace. Use it as a place to temporarily contain all the clutter on your desk until you have time to put it away. Your desk will be clean and your space will look less cluttered overall.
- Make an inspiration board. You can save ideas for anything and everything organizing-related using Pinterest. If you prefer to actually have an inspiration board in your creative space, you can definitely do that too. It doesn’t matter how you save your ideas and inspiration, just make sure you do.
- Keep a list of what you need and want for your creative space. You never know when you’re going to think of an idea that’ll make all the difference and/or find something on sale for a price you absolutely can’t pass up.
- Before you actually go through the hassle of reorganizing and rearranging your creative space, experiment on paper. Make sure the changes you want to make work for you and your space. Your back will thank you later.
- Are you actually using your scraps? If you are, that’s awesome. If you’re not, don’t waste your time trying to organize them. Scraps are one of the first things I go for when I’m working on a page, but that isn’t always the case for everyone.
- When you really stop and think about it, there are only a few ways to organize patterned paper. You’re of course going to store it horizontally or vertically and you’re either going to sort it by color, by collection, or by category. It probably makes the most sense to do a combination of all of these. Don’t think you have to pick one. Do what works for you.
- Do you scrap with kits & collections? Do they inspire you or paralyze you? You definitely want to think about how you scrap before you decide how to organize your patterned paper. Does it make more sense for you to keep them together or break them apart?
- Don’t overthink solid cardstock. Cropper Hoppers and Iris Cases work great for this depending upon how much of it you have. This is also a good time to consider what constitutes a scrap. For me, anything less than 12×12 is stored with my scraps, but the answer to that question might be different for you.
- I’m willing to bet we all have a few too many projects in progress and kits. How are you keeping track of what you’re working on? I use a set of wire storage cubes and a weekly checklist to organize my projects in progress. All of my kits are in 13×15 Ziplock bags and are stored standing up in large baskets, so I can flip through and find exactly what I’m looking for.
- Alphas and numbers could mean anything from raw chipboard to Thickers. Take an inventory and then find a solution that works for each different type. I store all of my raw chipboard in large galvanized steel bins because I rarely use it. All of my Thickers and letter stickers are in my Raskog cart so that I can keep them close to me when I’m working.
- Stickers and rub-ons can be a nightmare to organize. There are usually multiple colors and more than one category per sheet. I keep very few sheets of these on hand at any given time. The few sheets of stickers I do have are in my Raskog cart and the few rub-ons are on a jump-ring with my mixed media & art journaling supplies.
- If there’s one supply that’ll trip you up and make you question your entire organizational system, die cuts are it. This is another thing that I intentionally have very little of and the ones I do have just get tossed in a dish on my workspace. You can organize die cuts by color, by collection, or by category just like you organize patterned paper.
Do you have any tips & tricks of your own? Leave a comment and add to my list.
Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group where we chat about workspace & workflow and living an inspired life. And if you loved these tips, keep an eye out for a lot more sometime in the next few weeks.
And If you’re looking for more organizing posts, you can find my top 10 most popular posts here:
The Biggest Mistakes I Made When Organizing My Creative Space
10 Tips For Organizing Your Creative Space On A Tight Budget
How I Organize All The Small Things In My Creative Space
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part I.
52 Weeks To An Organized Workspace Challenge
Creating Workspace That Work For You – Part II.
The Evolution Of My Space
52 Weeks To An Organized Workspace – Let’s Get This Party Started
5 Reasons We Struggle To Keep Our Creative Spaces Organized
The #1 Reason You’ll Never Get Your Creative Space Organized
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