When I was unpacking all of my supplies last month, I noticed that I have been keeping too many embellishments in their original packaging. These packages take up a lot of room and now that I don’t have a big crafting space, I had to come up with a better solution.
To open or not to open?
It really is a dilemma for me. I hate to take things out of their packaging too soon because once it’s out of sight, it’s too easy to forget you have it or who made it or what line it came from. But if you don’t have a ton of storage space, these packages can pile up quickly.
My tip is to keep these embellishments in their packaging when something is new. In our scrapbooking world, that’s about 3 to 6 months. I keep a bin full of new products right in my work area for easy access. (I talked about my “new” bins in this post.) When a new product release comes out and I buy the newest, latest and greatest embellishments, I remove whatever is left over from the bin and mix it up with the rest of my stash.
I’m starting to collect brads in these tool box drawers. It’s easy to dump the contents out and find the right color or style for the project I’ve got in progress. I’m using some of these brads in a layout on my desk right now. Out of the package, some of these more theme specific brads no longer feel so theme specific.
I was worried about taking the paper embellishments apart because it’s always good to keep the coordinating items together. But I’m actually finding I’ve been using them more now. Rather than having to open four different packages to find the right color and right size, I can just go through everything at once and pull out what works.
I may regret this one day, but for now it’s working!
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