For example, I have a canvas caddy on my work surface that contains the adhesives, scissors, rulers, journaling pens, craft knifes, tweezers, paper piercers, and other small tools that I use very frequently. I save myself time and effort by keeping those items within arms reach while I'm creating. About once every quarter I re-evaluate the exact items I keep in that caddy and change them (if I need to) based on my creative habits. I also keep my main paper trimmer (the one I use most frequently) out on my work surface.
As I mentioned in my last installment of this series, I keep other larger tools (paper trimmers, score boards, circle cutters, etc) in drawers within arms reach of my work station because I use them frequently as well.
Of course, I can't keep every item I use frequently within arms reach of my work surface because that's not how my room is set up. But, I've tried over the years when organizing my room to think about that as I place items in my space.
My suggestion for you is to sit down and mentally go through your creative process.Take a look at your last 10 projects, and determine what supplies they all have in common. Think about how you can rearrange your space so that some of those most frequently used items are as close to your workspace as possible. You'll be glad you did!
Now, on to the final photos of my space! I'll start with a group of photos taken as I turned a 360 in my space, and then I'll share some detail photos.
The first photo starts from the left side of my space (as you enter) and the photos that follow were taken as I turned to the right.
This is the corner where I keep most of my supplies in my new Ikea Kallax shelving unit. The table you see with the sewing machine is used mostly for my youngest daughter to draw and paint with me while I work in my space, but I also use it for sewing and cutting items larger than 12 inches.
Next to the sewing table is the closet where I keep my scrapbook albums, a few generic paper craft supplies (colored cardstock, generic hard and soft embellishments), some family history documents and journals, and some other basic craft supplies (floral, sewing, fabric, etc).
Immediately to the right of the closet is a small shelf to display some of my completed projects. Below that is my hubby's little office space (don't tell him, but I'm secretly eyeing his space for a cutting/trimming station). He mostly works out on the couch with his laptop watching our favorite TiVo playlist, so he doesn't need much room. =)
To the right of that is my main workspace--a corner unit placed directly in front of my only window so I can work with as much natural light as possible. I keep my glass cutting mat and CutterPillar out on my desk since I use them for every project.
Along the right wall of my space I have a wall mounted shelf where I keep a few Anna Griffin card kits and stamps, all of my mini albums, completed cards that I keep for giving away, and a library card photo display. I also have a couple of Grip Strips to display some of my most recent (and favorite) layouts.
Here are a few detail shots...
|Washi tape storage|
Quick note about the Ikea Kallax shelves: They don't fit the Cropper Hoppers I have (which are a few years old), so I decided to use some utility scissors and cut off about 3/4" from the top of each. The inside measurements of the cubbies are 13". Just FYI so you don't end up with the same problem I had. =)
|Embellishment and tool storage|
This last shot is my pocket page (Albums Made Easy, Project Life) storage. The top drawers contain all my 4x6 and 3x4 cards, and the bottom section contains all of my page protectors. I also keep a magnetic display board next to it to display some of my favorite recent cards.
Overall I'm really happy with the way things are, though there are a few minor things I'm sure I'll tweek over the next few months to get things just right. I think that's one important thing to remember about organization--it's a continual process, not a one time event. Happy organizing!
P.S. if you have any questions about my space or about organization in general, feel free to ask in the comments section below.