Let me start by saying, I love a beautiful, matchy-matchy, craftroom as much as the next gal. I get swept away looking at craft studios on Pinterest, and flipping through the pages of “organizer” magazines. However, what I love even more is being able to “craft on the fly.” To have quick access to my supplies and feel motivated and inspired just looking at them. I make a point of trying to ONLY write with sparkly gel pens or bright colored markers – that means they have to be accessible. I try to use my craft supplies at every opportunity, and writing a shopping list is no exception. There’s a strong possibility you’ll find a little washi tape on my shopping list too.
With the Fall Get Organized Challenge starting soon, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my room and the tools I’m using.
I’m always asking, “What kind of crafter are you?” “Where do you craft?” “When do you craft?” “Who do you craft with?”…
Trying to keep in mind that there are a variety of different “types” of crafters out there, I’m going to try to arrange the products in my room to address a variety of crafters’ needs. I think this will also illustrate the HUGE value of going through the cataloging process. You’ll see stamps, punches, dies, etc. all organized in multiple ways.
This is the first post, and things look tidy, but they aren’t really organized. I’ve just sort of stuffed things into spots in my workspace until I can get back to them. I’ll go through each area over the next few days, adding, removing or changing things as I go.
Please feel free to ask questions using the comment box at the end of this post.
I also have a somewhat unique challenge with keeping things organized – I’m constantly removing my products from their organized homes to use them to demonstrate how new products work, fill samples for tradeshows, or to put together a good display for the products we are demonstrating on HSN. I’m hoping, by organizing in a variety of ways, I’ll just be able to pull things off my shelf when I need to do a demonstration.
Main goals when setting up my studio
#1 – Surround myself with supplies.
I want to be surrounded by supplies. Rather than having to get up and go look for things, I want to just rotate around in my chair and have things accessible. To that end, I’ve created a small “square” studio.
The distance from the front of my desk to the back wall, and from the left wall to the backside of my IKEA Expedit are only about 7.5′. The Expedit is on wheels and can be pulled in our pushed back.
#2 – Visible
The more you see, the more you use. Maximize your use by having as much visible as possible.
#3 – The one-handed grab
If I’m working on a project there’s a good chance my right hand is occupied – holding a marker, pen or paint brush. Ideally I can grab whatever I need with just 1 hand so it isn’t necessary to put down whatever I’ve got in the other.
#4 – Easy clean up
You’ve heard it before – if it’s easy it gets filed, if it’s difficult it gets piled. Okay, maybe you haven’t heard that exact thing before because I just made it up, but what you have heard me say is “if it’s easy it gets done.” Keeping easy clean up in mind, I try to stay away from things with lids or multiple levels of “opening” (boxes inside boxes, etc.).
While my first craft studio had cabinets with doors, I’ve found I do a better a job keeping things cleaned up when I can “see” everything.
Thanks for stopping by today to see what I’m up to. As I mentioned above, please feel free to leave comments or questions in the comment box below, I’ll try to get back to you quickly.
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