Do you collect scraps? Are you too stubborn to throw away even the smallest piece of left-over paper? Are all those little bits and pieces scattered all over the place? Here are lots of ideas to help you organize paper scraps once and for all!
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Welcome to week five of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace challenge, y’all! This challenge is all about how to organize paper scraps. We are officially done planning our creative spaces and this week, we’re getting down and dirty with our scraps.
Going forward, the format of these challenges will be slightly different than what it’s been for the last month. There won’t be as many printables, but there will definitely be a lot more links to ideas for organizing our creative spaces.
Do you collect scraps? Are you too stubborn to throw away even the smallest piece of left-over paper? Are all those little bits and pieces scattered all over the place?
Scraps were one of the things I struggled with over the years. At one point, I wasn’t even sure what constituted such a thing. Ultimately, I settled on anything less than 12×12 and organizing scraps by color. That’s what works for me. Now, it’s your turn to figure out what works for you.
How To Organize Paper Scraps
First of all, be honest with yourself. Are you really even using your paper scraps? If not, the quickest and easiest way to get them taken care of is to get rid of them.
Moving forward, let’s talk logistics.
Get all of your scraps gathered together and take a good, hard look at what’s there. Take note of sizes and colors and consider how you’d like to organize them. Toss anything that’s too small, too crumbled, or doesn’t appeal to you anymore. And while you’re at it, trim anything that’s kinda awkward.
Now, how are you going to organize them? By color? By size? Are you ready to get started?
I organized all of mine by color. Basically if it’s in the studio and it’s less then 12×12, it’s organized with the scraps. I used 2 Iris 6-Drawer Scrapbook Carts* and labelled them as follows: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, tan, brown, black, and gray. Easy enough, right?
Here are a few ideas to organize paper scraps.
Please keep in mind that I’m sharing the following links to give you some ideas of possible solutions that might work for you. I’m not necessarily endorsing these particular brands or products.
Ideas For Organizing Paper Scraps
- Advantus Vertical Paper Holder*
- Storage Studios 12×12 Paper Organizer*
- 10 Drawer Rolling Storage Cart Scrapbook Paper*
- IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cube*
- Cropper Hopper Easy Access Paper Holder*
- We R Memory Keepers Stackable Trays Storage*
- Stamp ‘n Storage Paper Holder*
- American Crafts Crate Desktop Storage Paper Rack*
- Storage Studios Expandable Paper Organizer*
- Cropper Hopper Hanging File Folders*
Take some time to think about how you’re going to organize your scraps and then get to it. Don’t forget to share before and after pictures.
If you’re interested in seeing how I organized my entire creative space, you can check it out here.
Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces. And if you’re interested in a free weekly to-do list printable, here’s a link to the 52 Weeks Workflow Weekly To-Do List that I’ve been using.
Just to review, here’s your to-do list for this week.
1. Answer the question of the week.
2. Decide how you want to organize your scraps.
3. Buy whatever supplies you need to and get started.
4. Share before and after pictures.
Also, if you missed it, here are the links to the Creating Workspaces mini-series for those of us who are starting over or starting from scratch.
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part I
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part II
Thanks so much for visiting. See you next week!