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?