How To Organize Paper Scraps

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? Check out this post for lots of ideas to help you organize paper scraps once and for all!

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 jumping right in with paper scraps.

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Going forward, the format of these challenges will be slightly different than what it’s been for the last month. There won’t be printables for each week, 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 are one of the things I’ve 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 kind of awkward.

Now, how are you going to organize them? By color? By size? Are you ready to get started?

Basically, if it’s in the studio and it’s less than 12×12, it’s organized with the scraps. To organize my paper scraps, I used 2 Iris 6-Drawer Scrapbook Carts*.

All of my scraps are organized by color and labeled as follows: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, tan, brown, black, and gray. Easy enough, right?

Here are a few more 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

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.

Iris storage units filled with paper scraps organized by color
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.

Just to review, here’s your to-do list for this week.

  • Answer the question of the week.
  • Decide how you want to organize your scraps.
  • Buy any necessary supplies and get started.
  • Share before and after pictures.

Also, if you missed them, here are the links to the Creating Workspaces mini-series for those of us who are starting over or starting from scratch.

Remember to leave a comment and share how you organize your scraps.

Don’t forget to stop by next week for a new 52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace challenge!