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Posted 10/18/2013 by lpeitz in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 32,192
March 2002
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Posted: 10/18/2013 5:57:33 PM
I am so confused as to how I want to organize and get the most out of my space. So far all I have done is my cardstock is sorted by color and in Cropper Hopper paper holders. I think I will sort my patterned paper tomorrow. I think I am going to wrap my loose ribbons on chipboard by color. I don't have a ton of stuff like some, but want it to be easier to find and use.

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PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
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Posted: 10/18/2013 6:14:49 PM
I don't know, but when you find a perfect system, I hope you will share and let us all know! I have never been able to figure out organiZation!!

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PeaNut 536,062
January 2012
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Posted: 10/18/2013 6:28:07 PM
I like everything within arms reach and easy to just grab. That's my biggest struggle.

Otherwise it is really trial and error. Be open to redoing something that isn't working.
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June 2006
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Posted: 10/18/2013 7:06:02 PM
I just got my furniture in my room and have been putting my supplies back in. I have 11 of the Crop In Style cubes, some with doors and some with shelves and drawers. They are on casters so I can move them, then lock them in place. Most of my supplies fit in them. I have spice racks on top to hold my mists, paints, stickles and Zing. I am going to post pics when I get it all together. I am taking it slow so I can purge as I go.

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PeaNut 524,203
October 2011
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Posted: 10/19/2013 9:38:29 AM
I like things in clear jars, ribbons, buttons, etc. If I cannot see it I don't remember to use it. Good luck!


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PeaNut 286,156
December 2006
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Posted: 10/19/2013 10:09:13 AM
Congrats on getting your space set up! I love to have things I use often close to my work space so I'm not wasting time walking and searching. lol


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 10/19/2013 10:59:22 AM
Congrats on your new furniture!
I have finally found what works for me. Storage is simple, clear Iris boxes for all things that are pretty as well as stamps and punches. I have extras in Recellection cubes, ink, mist, spellbinders dies, Memory Box dies, MFT dies, stencils & masks. Sizzix dies are in a cropper hopper stand with kits.
On my table I have a mess, a sewing machine, a large divided black tray with glue, date stamps, and glass jars with twine. Also have an organization spinner with tools.
All of which is in arms reach


PeaNut 18,334
July 2001
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Posted: 10/19/2013 11:22:43 AM
The reason it is confusing is because what is perfect to one person will drive another batty.

Spend a lot of time analyzing how YOU like to be organized in other areas of your life.
Are you a "if I can't see it I forget I have it" type of person? Or is too much visual stimulation a block for your creativity and makes you feel like the space is a mess that is bogging you down?

The peas have a lot of cute ideas what would never work long term for me because I function different than they do. For instance, I don't like my ribbons and fibers wound around chipboard. I admit I have NO patience to rewind after I've unwound them to use. For me it works better to just have a container I can shove them in loose. Clean up goes much faster for me so I"m more apt to scrap instead of not because the clean up is too tedious.

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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Posted: 10/19/2013 11:26:57 AM
I highly recommend sorting everything by color, except themed items. If you say to yourself, "I need something blue here." then you should sort by color. It changed my scrappy life!

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PeaNut 90,289
June 2003
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Posted: 10/19/2013 12:58:04 PM
Congrats on your new space! My advice is to organize your space to reflect your scrapping style, process, & preferences.

For example, A messy desk stifles my (already challenged) creativity, so a self-healing mat, paper trimmer, & art caddy holding often-used tools are the only items on my project table that sits in the middle of the room. Supplies are stored along an opposite wall. Since paper is my most-used supply, it's in closest proximity to my table & occupies the most storage space (organized by manufacturer in Cropper Hopper Holders). Flat embellishments are hung on the Clip-It-Up; all other supplies are stored in generic caddies/planters, lined baskets, or glass cookie jars. HTH, & happy organizing!

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PeaNut 265,261
June 2006
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Posted: 10/19/2013 1:58:44 PM
I recommend sitting down and scrapping a page (or more). Take notes on how you search for things. Do you think, "where is that Echo Park boy collection? That's perfect." Or do you think, "these photos need reds and blues" or maybe another thing altogether. That will help decide how to store paper, either by manufacturer, color, theme, etc.

Do this for every piece of your process (cardstock, embellies, ribbons, etc.)

For me, I store patterned paper by theme (boy, Christmas, etc. and then by color if it's not a theme). For flowers, I store them together (all flowers in a basket). Same with ribbon. But some might put all the blue flowers and ribbon in the same box bc that's how they think to look for and use it.

Make sense? Then I'd decide if you like open containers or closed. Clear or solid. Seeing things "out" or put away, etc. we are all so different in that way! And before investing in a bunch of storage containers, see if you can temporarily borrow things from around the house to use in the meantime as storage. That way you can try before you buy and make sure baskets, for example, really work for you to store your punches, etc.

And my biggest tip: provide room to grow OR be willing to get rid or use something every time you buy something new. I.e. don't fill a basket to the brim with punches leaving no room for a new one. Or make a deal that for every new one you buy, you'll purge an old, never used one. Otherwise you'll likely be starting this process over again soon

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PeaNut 594,934
September 2013
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Posted: 10/19/2013 6:26:51 PM
I second girlscrapsalot's adive. I found the best way to organize my gear was to sit down and do a couple of pages, then find out how i think about my materials as to how I categorize them. Also whatever I used the most I always store closest to me.
Some things I need to see and other things I font. I have to have my washi in sight always, partly because I love it but also because I will get a new roll or two and forget exactly what I have. Things like tools can be hidden away somewhere close. I like to have my stickers in a file like set up so i can flick through the endless amounts.
I am about to move house and arrange myself a new, improved set up and again look forward to the sorting process and finding some new storage solutions.
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