Quick Tip | New + Old Embellishments

Boy, I’ve been on a storage and organizing kick lately. In fact, I didn’t scrapbook at all over the weekend. Instead, I spent all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon reorganizing the shelves and closet in my craft room. I do this annually – right around this time. Something about the start of a new year makes me want to clean and organize everything in the house.

I wanted to share an idea that I came up with several years ago during one of my January organizing sprees. My space is pretty organized, so whenever an order of new product arrives, my instinct is to get it out of the packages and put it all away. (Clutter in my craft space is very distracting to me.) But I was noticing that when I put things away too quickly, I could easily forget what I had.

In fact, it might take months to come across something again. When I’d see some embellishment or flower that I’d forgotten about,  it never fails that I’d think, “I could have used this in that layout I finished three weeks ago!”

And that’s when I realized I needed to have a way to keep newer products out and available. So I created this:

Just a plain bin I found in the craft section at Walmart years ago. They were so cheap I bought four or five of them with no preconceived ideas about what to do with them. And that’s probably why a few of them are still sitting unused in a closet. But I digress

This bin holds NEW products and embellishments. And by new, I don’t just mean new releases, I mean something I recently purchased. When I’m working on a layout, I always grab this bin and see if there’s anything in here that can be added. Once I use something, then I’ll take it out of the packaging and put it away by color or manufacturer or in the sticker bin.

It’s been nice to have new products easily accessible. I find that I am actually pulling stuff from here and using it. I’m excited that over the weekend I had time to add this:

I took one of the empty matching bins from the closet and filled it with OLDER products. I can’t take credit for the idea though. I heard Jennifer McGuire talk about it on the 25th episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable. I thought the idea was genius…because I already had this system in place for newer products. Now, when ever I come across something in my stash that I forgot I had or something I really want to use up, I’m going to pull it and put it all in this bin.

So now I’ve got a matched set — a NEW product bin and an OLD product bin. These bins fit perfectly into the modular storage boxes that double as my work surface (where I keep my tool box). These bins are right there, ready to be pulled when I need them.

Do you ever go on an organizing spree? What is your favorite organizing tip?

18 Comments

  1. Love this idea! I have so many different ways to organize – and it seems as if I’m always reorganizing as I go. I think my new favorite organizer is the drawer set I got at Ikea. They are narrow enough to store so many things – glitters, jewels, rubber/acrylic stamps, brads, paper – you name it! And when you close the drawers – everything is out of sight out of mind!

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    • Oh, Ikea has the best stuff! I lived in Orlando for years but had to relocate to Nashville for a job. Ikea opened in Orlando a few months after I moved. 🙁 The closest one to me is 4 hours away in Atlanta. So I will have to be content to drool over others who are lucky enough to have one. That organizer set sounds awesome!

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  2. I love the buckets, and filled with yummy stuff too!

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    • Thanks! Hopefully the older stuff will actually get used now! 🙂

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  3. I love to fill buckets and bins with stuff! Feels like you just went shopping! Lots of goodies in there. Your scrap space looks nice!

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    • Thank you! That’s how I felt when I created the second bin with the older product, like I was shopping my own stash.

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  4. This is a great idea! Love the bins! I am always in a state of reorganization. I try and pick one thing a week to improve so that it is not too overwhelming. Hopefully, in a couple years I will finally get close to perfect!

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    • I know, it feels like a never ending cycle. But if reorganizing helps us operate better, I suppose it’s worth the time and effort. Let me know if you ever get close to perfect……or if you don’t just keep on going…… 🙂

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  5. Oh Tammy, this is a GREAT idea!!! I spent 5 hours reorganizing my crafty space today and now that I’ve taken stock of everything, I think I’ll incorporate something just like this! So sorry to hear about someone leaving a tree in your yard. That stinks, especially since you’re allergic 🙁 Hope you can get it hauled off soon!

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    • Thanks – glad I could inspire. 🙂 Hoping to get some info today about what to do about the tree. Sigh. Keeps life interesting, I guess.

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  6. I love to organize. I also have a spot for new products and I just may have to borrow this idea of a spot for old products. I have tons of new items from Christmas that are still piled on the floor – hoping to get the papers sorted into my paper drawers this week and the embellishments into my new items basket.

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    • Right? I can’t believe that I never thought of it myself. I’m already working on a layout using some things from the “old” bin. Hope you got some fun things for Christmas!

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  7. Oh this will work so much better then the plastic bags piled in the corner 😉
    I am always reorganizing, that’s why hubby can never find anything, teehee.

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    • Whatever works! 🙂

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  8. I like open bins for storage too – use one for my scraps, one for my alphas, one for my rubons, and one for packaged embellishments that are too large for my mini-clip-it-up. I think being able to flip through makes them so much more accessible.

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    • Oh, I wish I had a clip-it-up. I think like, but I don’t know where I could put it with my existing layout. I think many of us have realized that when it’s out of sight, it’s really hard to use it. 🙂

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  9. Awesome! We are very much alike – I could spend all my time organizing because I love it, and the beginning of the year always feels like spring cleaning time to me. I also need things to be out where I can see them or they never get used. You gave me some great ideas, heading down to my scrap room right now…

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    • That’s funny. I actually like it when I mess up my room because it means I get to straighten up and organize a bit! 🙂 Glad I could inspire.

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