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We all make mistakes when it comes to our creative spaces. Some of us just happen to make more than others. I’ve definitely made my fair share of them over the years. I love to shop and I love to organize, which always seems to get me into trouble. Coupons make for some pretty powerful persuasive tools, don’t you think? I mean, c’mon… 40% off? Sign me up!
Aside from the fact that I almost never leave my house without a coupon and therefore almost always come home with something, there are a few other things that were definitely not the most intelligent choices I’ve ever made when it came to craft supplies. Are you curious what they were? Here are the five biggest mistakes I made when I organized my creative space. Check them out on the next page.
Have you made any of the same mistakes I have?
The 5 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Organizing My Craft Room
Using the same type of storage for every supply
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve mentioned this being one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made. And I did it over and over again. I would be somewhere and stumble across an awesome basket or bin like this one* or even these ones* and it would automatically come home with me.
You know, because who really needs a dozen pink baskets? I assure you this isn’t the way to go. Think about each supply, how you use it, and what would work best. When it’s all said and done, stick with what makes the most sense for you.
Not creating separate workspaces for different activities
I’m one of those people who needs very clear separation. Too much stuff overwhelms me. Too little space frustrates me. I very much need to be able to spread out. Right now, I have one table for making stuff and another for writing.
Shortly here, I’ll be getting a desk to set up our computers and cutters and making a workspace for Project Life. Do what’s comfortable for you instead of worrying about what everyone else doing. You’ll be so much more productive that way.
Thinking that uncluttered is the same as organized
At one point, I remember going through at least a half dozen baskets looking for something and it was nowhere to be found. Just because a space is clean doesn’t necessarily means it’s efficient.
If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in a matter of minutes, it’s not organized and it’s time to rethink things.
Purchasing containers before I created a plan
Sometimes, 40% off coupons are your worst enemy. I have a really bad habit of bringing containers home with me from wherever I go. It wouldn’t be an issue if they were actually the right containers, but chances are they’re not, which is why I have quite a few piles of empty baskets and bins around here.
Not having a system for projects in progress
It’s crazy to think about how many things end up getting shoved here, there, and everywhere. I have boxes and bins stuffed with things I’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing.
One of the things I’m working on for my new space is a 12-shelf wire rack that I’m creating using wire storage cubes* to store unfinished projects – scrapbook layouts, art journal pages, and whatever else I happen to be working on at the moment. If you don’t have a system for these things, they end up getting stashed wherever and then you can never find them again.
If you’re interested, you can find 5 More Mistakes to Avoid When Organizing Your Creative Space.
This post is part of the Creative Mistakes mini-series. You can find the other posts in this series here:
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Starting Your Creative Blog
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Scheduling Your Creative Time
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your Creative Budget
And If you’re looking for more organizing posts, you can find my top 10 most popular posts here:
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
12 Awesome Ideas For Organizing Your Creative Space
5 Reasons We Struggle To Keep Our Creative Spaces Organized
The #1 Reason You’ll Never Get Your Creative Space Organized
And of course, if you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to join us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces.