Friday, May 27, 2011
EtsyBloggers: May Blog Carnival - Spring Organization
Topic of discussion for Blog Carnival this month is: Spring is a time for new beginnings, when many of us get reorganized and put a fresh face on things. Describe and/or show us what you have done recently in your art space to get more organized.
This was actually a hard topic for me because I haven't done anything new with organization. I'm an organized person by nature. So I thought I'd share some of my organization techniques that work for me. Jewelry making is a hobby for me. So I don't have an overwhelming amount of supplies laying around. I do keep what supplies I have in organizer boxes or tackle boxes by beads and metals. I have a captains bed (like a day bed) that has 3 large drawers under the trundle bed that I keep all my supplies in. One drawer houses my little organizer boxes of beads and findings, the middle drawer is where I keep my stock ready for sale, and the last drawer hold my over-sized supplies that don't fit in the organizers, but fit in a wooden box, a bead tray, creative journal, and bead spinner. I like that I can put away all my supplies and it's all out of sight. Jewelry making leads to a lot of clutter and I like that I can put it away. I can't create when my surroundings are in disarray.
I keep my shipping supplies in a decorative basket under a table and everything is already "packaged" ready to be sent (envelope, business card, magnet, and thank you card). I have nesting baskets that are labeled by item: necklaces, earrings, etc. I just grab that basket, grab the sold item, and grab my pre-packaged supplies and off it goes. These sit on top of the table.
I live in an apartment and limited on space, so I utilize all that I can, which is plenty. One of these days I'll have a house and will be able to make a real craft area and leave some of my boxes out possibly (which do match that rooms color scheme). I envision shelves over a table where I can work and just grab up for that organizer box or tackle box.