The ABC’s of Organizing Your Craft Space

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Organizing your space by product will help to clean up craft clutter.

Between all the tools, wire, and countless other supplies, we jewelry artists certainly have our work cut out for us when it comes to keeping stuff neat and organized. But organizing your craft space is easier said than done. Maybe you’ve reluctantly realized your studio isn’t exactly in pristine condition and you’re ready to take the necessary steps to create a more organized space…but where do you start?

Doing a complete overhaul on your craft space may certainly feel like a daunting task, to say the least. It’s a big job, so the best place to start is small–otherwise, you may be running for the hills (or hiding under a blanket in your bedroom) sooner than you think.

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Go-Organize.com sells an assortment of products
designed to help keep craft clutter at bay,
like this Mobile Craft Center

Liz Byrne, a professional organizer (yep, there’s a job for that!) and owner of Alchemy of Order in Louisville, CO, suggests organizing your stuff by how frequently you use it. Ideally, you should divide your workspace into three areas:

  1. The items you use the most frequently, like pliers, hammers, soldering supplies, files and other hand tools, should be nearest to you in Space A. By putting these items within arm’s reach, they’re easy to access and ready to use immediately. This also makes your supplies easier to return to their proper place, which helps keep clutter at a minimum in your work space.
  2. The stuff you sometimes use but not all that much, such as enameling and resin supplies, gemstones, tumblers, kilns, and other machines and heavy equipment should be accessible to you in Space B. You’ll still want to keep these things where you can see them and easily access them, but perhaps not right next to you as you’re working.
  3. Space C can be considered your storage space. Think important business files, clay supplies, carving and casting supplies, specialty items like stone-setting pliers and other lapidary equipment, and wire drawplates–things for techniques you might rarely do.
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Now that you’ve learned your ABCs of organizing, there are some organizational tools out there to help you on your journey to a more clutter-free lifestyle. Go-Organize.com sells an assortment of products designed specifically for your A, B, and C spaces to help you stay on track and keep your sanity. Here are just a few examples:

    • To keep your Space A tools organized and readily accessible, check out this handy Revolving Organizer, which is a great spot for pliers, pens and pencils, and other supplies you frequently use. We also love these peg boards, which you can mount on the wall in front of you for easy access to your hammers and other hand tools. You can even bring Space A to wherever you’re crafting using the Mobile Craft Center!
    • For your Space B stuff, check out these magnetic canisters that attach to a hanging memo board. These would be great for securely storing your gemstones out of the way and keeping your desk space clutter-free. If you’re not able to mount things on a wall, this organizer cube and desktop compartment organizer make easy work of storing a lot of smaller supplies in one place. For bigger items, check out this stackable cube organizer.
    • Go-Organize.com has a number of handy storage products available for all your Space C needs, like this Mobile Storage Center. Anything with the word “mobile” in it definitely wins some points with me, because it saves me from doing any sort of heavy lifting!

 

I hope these suggestions help you feel more at ease about organizing your craft space. We’d love to hear about your own organizational successes (or blunders)–share your personal organization tips and tricks in the comments on the blog for a chance to win a desktop organizer from Go-Organize.com! Two winners will be chosen. UPDATE: Deadline extended to midnight ET on July 6, 2015!

Good luck, and happy organizing!

Tammy

 

 

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Tammy Jones

About Tammy Jones

I'm the editor of Jewelry Making Daily. I also have my own handmade jewelry business on Etsy, Southern Baubelles. I love working with metal clay, found objects, silver, copper, brass, enamel, resin, and genuine gemstones. I also enjoy knitting, paper crafts like card making and scrapbooking, cooking, traveling, the seashore, and snow!

366 thoughts on “The ABC’s of Organizing Your Craft Space

  1. Love this post, Tammy! I just ordered the stacking bins. I can put all of the tools I use for a certain task and take it with me to another room in the studio.

  2. I use fishing tackle boxes – the briefcase-sized clear-sided ones from Plano – to organize my tools and supplies. These hold a lot, but not so much that I can’t carry them to a class.

  3. I also find it helpful to have a space for projects I’m working on. I like to have 3 or 4 projects going on at a time, so I store them in stacking trays within reach of my craft desk. I only keep so many trays on hand so that I don’t try to start too much without finishing what I’m working on. Sometimes I start a project and don’t have exactly what I need to finish it, so then it goes into a long term project storage away from my desk until I find the perfect clasp, chain, etc. to complete it.

  4. I’m lucky to have a handy hubby, in January of this year he started building a studio/shop for both of us. He’s a planner, though and for the past 6 months wants to know my plan for the jewelry space. Talk about wanting to run for the hills – I’ve never had a dedicated space and still don’t have a plan.

    Lots of reading, lots of ideas and the best thing I read was “be fluid” allowing your space to change with your needs. I’ve been saving glass jars in various sizes, then last week while washing out a small bakery container…stopped, looked at the perfect size (about a hamburger size) and now have 6 for storage. Stackable, see through and not too big. Oh, and free with coookies 🙂

  5. I really enjoyed this post. I’m obsessed with organizing because I have so many supplies. Don’t like to spend tons of money though. I have found Dollar Tree to be my go to place. They have these colorful round tin containers that are great for pens, markers, rulers, scissors. I have made Lazy Susans out of round pie molds with marbles in the middle ($3 total and they work great). They also have all kinds of nifty little containers that I use for sorting beads which I house (by color, because I’m a little CDO like that) in an ArtBin container. Michael’s also has magnetic tins with the see-through lids in various colors for $1.50 or so (check out the dollar bins). Great article! Thank-you!

  6. Oh, my do I need help with organizing my beads and beading tools… My tools have to travel with me to farmers market in the summer and up to a university campus in the fall. I drive my family crazy with how my stuff spreads out!

  7. I have several organizers
    that I use. Some have my tools
    in them and others have my
    supplies in them. Makes it
    so much easy to use your
    goodies if you can find them.
    Carla from Utah

  8. I have thousands of beads. I have found a method I really like for storage. I use plastic divided boxes such as craft mate, art bin, etc. Then I purchased 3 sets for drawer units in bright colors. I got these for $25 per set of drawers at Sams Club online. These each contain 10 colorful plastic drawers in a rolling unit. I then labeled each drawer for a color of beads, or type of bead such as crystals, pearls, flower beads. Then I store the beads in the plastic boxes in these drawers. I can sit at my desk with these at the side, open the drawers, pull out a box to see what is in it, and select beads for my projects.

    It is the best method I have found for me to date, and I have tried many.

  9. When I first started this craft I had no idea of what I was doing and of course no idea of what I needed for storage. I had my beads in little tubs and then I saw those containers that they sell in hardware stores for men that they use for putting all their odds and ends into for their workroom. I bought 5 of them and each one has multiple plastic drawers that are separated into 3. Of course they only gave you a handful of separators so I made all the others out of stiff cardboard.

    I thought this was a great way to store all my beads and components at first. But then I could never remember which drawer I had put things into so I separated them all out into colours and started with the letter ‘A’ and went from there. That sorted the beads and made it so much easier! Then I labelled all the other drawers with everything that was in the 3 compartments – all sorted …and ‘Bob’s your Uncle’!

    Thinking myself so smart I then decided I would leave everything in these units and travel with them. I did very well with that. What didn’t work was when I brought them back from the summer place and someone else carried these for me. I had carefully put them in suitcases and left them standing upright. The person helping threw them into my car with the suitcases on their sides and when I opened them all up – ALL – the beads and components were lying in the bottom of the suitcase. It took me days to sort them all out again. Sigh……

    For all my tools I have rolling bins that I have sorted as well so I at least have an idea where some things are but they aren’t labelled and should be.

    One of those rolling drawer bins holds all my polymer clay and one drawer holds all my iron-on swarovskis…..

    I even have all my magazines in order and separated with tabs so I know where to go for what mag…

    However – all this being said – wow! You should see my benches! They are piled high with what I use the most and of course left over unfinished projects. I can’t figure out what to do with all that – stuff!

    Being organized and having a clean studio really helps with my creativity. I find that a cluttered and messy studio stops my mind cold and I can’t work in it. A messy studio equals a messy mind to me. And a messy mind doesn’t make a neat end product whatsoever for me!!

  10. Good article, got some ideas to try out.

    I got some cookie sheets from the Dollar Store, lined them with bead mats or bead board, stack them with project I need to finish.

    I only got five so not to stack them up to much.

    Carolyn

  11. Good article, got some ideas to try out.

    I got some cookie sheets from the Dollar Store, lined them with bead mats or bead board, stack them with project I need to finish.

    I only got five so not to stack them up to much.

    Carolyn

  12. I ordered nine of the stacking cubes I received them yesterday and I put 5 together last night can’t wait to get the others together and stacked so I can get to organizing all my crafts. This little desk would be a great addition to my stacking cubes.

  13. My art room lovingly dubbed the abyss has so much in it that organizing has fallen by the wayside. Winning this mobile craft center would be amazing!!! Thank you for the chance.

  14. Nice article! I love the pegboard idea. My biggest tip is to just reuse yogurt and baby food containers that you would have to throw away or recycle anyway. The Gerber small rectangle plastic boxes are perfect for storing beads or little projects in progress. The best part is that they are clear, so you can see what’s inside them.

  15. My Jewelry Studio used to be a greenhouse with windows on all four walls and a dirt floor . Over several years of sharing the space with baby mice nests, acorn storage, spiders, beetles etc. I finally was able to renovate it into my dream studio. After reading the ABC’s of Storage I ” identified” three areas in my studio. I have a partners desk, aka Space A, in the middle of the studio. “Space B” contains products housed in storage ottomans, 2 storage benches that double for seating, closed cabinets and baskets. My ” Space C” is shelves on all the walls and windows. If something is not visible to me I tend to forget about it but if I don’t return my supplies to their proper place, the clutter makes it impossible for me to see anything. The diagram of the ABC’s gives me the visual image I need to stay on the right track.

  16. I buy my eggs in clear plastic containers and I recycle them by using them in my art and craft projects. You can cut them down depending on how many sections you need for a project, and being clear, you can easily see which project is which. I use them for beads, findings, buttons, and other assorted objects. They also make great paint trays.

  17. I don’t have a dedicated spot to make my jewelry but I do a lot on my couch. This would be perfect as it is on wheels and I can move it where I need it.

  18. I don’t have a dedicated spot to make my jewelry but I do a lot on my couch. This would be perfect as it is on wheels and I can move it where I need it.

  19. I use the clear boxes for fishing. I also use a fold up crate to take when I go camping. Also use a fishing tackle box to take my tools in. My fishes a lot, so always extra boxes I can grab.
    A friend made me the organizer for your pliers, they stand up in holes drilled in wood. I would love to win this organizer.
    Thank you for all you do for us.

  20. It’s not organizing my tools that’s haunting me. Nor my supplies…..it’s the sheer number of BEADS!!!!! gemstones, and the millions of seed beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, etc that’s making me nuts….do I do it by color??? By size????? By shape???? ’cause you know the minute I settle on a strategy, I won’t be able to find a thing!!!!!!

  21. Great article. I create metal jewelry and need my tools right by my side, so I found a flatware caddy that works great. It is made of bamboo and it is also pretty. I put the pliers, scissor, hole cutters handles down so I can tell which tool is which and they all fit perfectly and I can just grab the tool I need. No searching for the correct tool.

  22. I use tackle boxes, 3-drawer rolling bins for stamps and paper and the fabric boxes that you can get almost anywhere these days for scraps and larger items that don’t fit in a tight space. I LOVE organizing!

  23. I have every kind of storage you can imagine, most are DIY. I would love to have one of these for my books and magazines. and to get rid of my card table as my work surface. this is amazing!!

  24. This is a great post. Organizing is always an ongoing problem when you are into any kind of arts or crafts. I do mixed media and have lots to organize. I appreciate any tips you have on this.

  25. This is a great post. Organizing is always an ongoing problem when you are into any kind of arts or crafts. I do mixed media and have lots to organize. I appreciate any tips you have on this.

  26. I am still adjusting my work space but what I am using at the moment is a butcher block table that had a stainless steel top put on it and it has shelves on each side to storage. I am in the process of organizing my tools and stones and really like what I saw on this blog. As I have lots of wall space I think some of these items would be a wonderful choice.

  27. My supplies are a mess! I use shoe boxes, fishing tackle boxes, reuseable bags… I can never fnd what I’m looking for ehen I need it! I drive myself crazy.

  28. What a wonderful idea – now I’m using the dining room table for all of my beading/wire projects. It’s packed and getting higher and higher. My watercolor painting is situated on another living room table, and my photography equipment has overrun my sewing table! What a mess! I appreciate all of your organizing posts!

  29. I have a very small space to work in, so I am always looking for things to help me organize. These are some helpful looking products. The revolving organizer looks particularly useful.

  30. I use a saucer to hold the beads when I’m beading – the ones in your china set designed to hold a tea or coffee cup. The central indented circle holds one type and the outer section easily holds 2 other types. The smooth surface of the ceramic plate makes it easy to pick up the beads and the curved edges keep the beads from sliding off.

  31. Thanks for the opportunity. A good simple organizer if you have an available wall or door is to use a door shoebag. It holds a remarkable amount of stuff and keeps very organized.

  32. I have a work space that is “about” 5’x8′ if that for, painting, sewing, drawing, clay, jewelry, and building that I just moved into about twoontha ago. There are some handy ideas that I will definitely try, thank you for sharing!

  33. My favorite organizational tool is a set of magnetic strips, found at the local home improvement store, much like the ones to hold knives in a kitchen. They are mounted on the pegboard on my workbench, and hold everything from scissors, to clay tools, to jewelry tools. Keeps everything in reach, but up out of the way, and is easily rearranged. Thanks for this very helpful article.

  34. My favorite organizational tool is a set of magnetic strips, found at the local home improvement store, much like the ones to hold knives in a kitchen. They are mounted on the pegboard on my workbench, and hold everything from scissors, to clay tools, to jewelry tools. Keeps everything in reach, but up out of the way, and is easily rearranged. Thanks for this very helpful article.

  35. I have a “foot rest” storage box in my bedroom that I use to put store my beads and additional beading supplies. The supplies are mostly in divided containers. These containers hold various groups of colored beads and are labeled with printed labels I made on my computer. I also have a space on my desk where I have notebooks which contain all the printed (mostly free) patterns for me to use.

    Someday I will have a beading room (when my children move out), but for now, I am forced to keep things put away in between my beading time, since my space is so limited.

  36. I also use stacking trays for my works-in-progress (WIPs), and I keep them in a five slot filing tower. Three are WIPs and the other 2 are for magazines, etc. I keep my beads sorted by color, shape, and size. I use rolling cabinets and art bins — not the best organization as I have to get out of my chair several times to get supplies. This article does give me some new ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  37. I love it! This would be a great help to me. I will be able to get all of my beads, jewelry findings, and other supplies organized. I’ m claiming it right now! It’s mine!

  38. Boy did I need this article. I have tons of “stuff” for jewelry making and crafting, and it’s completely disorganized. I’ve tried plastic storage bins, and even one of the “red” multi-drawer toolboxes that usually would be found in my husband’s garage, but nothing has really worked for me so far.

  39. I absolutely love my organizing cubes. I need all the help I can get and I definitely need help with table top organization. I love the blog, the ideas help!

  40. Great post…I keep most of my supplies within arms reach, but as my tool supply gets larger, my workspace gets smaller! Guess I need to start putting up more shelves!!!

  41. I have metal peg board on my wall so I can hang tools and beads to get them off my workspace. I also use tackle boxes and little plastic storage boxes with separators in them for the beads and findings that I can’t hang on the wall.

  42. My best tip is very simple. I have noticed that it makes me happy to have everything organized. So, whenever I organize, I give myself a minute to admire the beauty of it and say “Ah!” Even if I have only organized a small area, I can stop to appreciate that section of my supplies. Knowing I’ll be happy makes it much easier for me to spend the time to neaten things up!

  43. My home space is fairly limited. I bought two plastic stackable chests (for lack of a better term) and put them under my folded ironing board. They’re just the right height to use the ironing board top as a work station. Plus, I found a 3rd one that’s about 8 inches shorter that fits nicely in the middle and on top of it, I can stack my work trays for different projects. I do most of my bead work in my favorite chair in front of the TV.

  44. Good suggestions. I also use a $ store flower pot to house all of my pliers, cutters on the edge, etc. I also have a large desk top organizer that revolves and holds lots.

  45. THis is really what I need for my work space. I have so many things close to hand that I don’t really need quite so close. I’ve been trying to come up with a good system.

  46. I am pretty well organized, I have my area in our extra room with my table and plastic rolling carts. I like to use different sized divided containers for my small stuff and stack them on bookcases. I should probably label them again. My work area is set up in front of the closet, so I keep stuff in there that I don’t use as much. Of course when I woking on stuff I make a mess pulling things out and surrounding myself to find the perfect things to go together. Then well, I have to go back and organize again!

  47. I really like all the things to help me to organize my craft table. I can use tips from what I read today that will help me. I just have to be a winner to start. Your products are great. please consider me. really need the help.thanks

  48. I really like all the things to help me to organize my craft table. I can use tips from what I read today that will help me. I just have to be a winner to start. Your products are great. please consider me. really need the help.thanks

  49. I so agree with Liz. Recently, I had my studio redone with new floor paint and storage. Just redid the whole thing. Right after doing that we had a week of company, then my sister came and had surgery, etc etc. Long story short, I didn’t get to use my new space for about a month. Here is my big OH BOY moment: “timing is everything” Since I hadn’t used the new space right away, the things that made sense at the time for storing my treasures had evaporated. Get organized, energized, revitalized but use your new organization plan right away.. I am finally getting back into the swing. and love the new space.

  50. My stuff is all over the place! Hopefully I’ll find a new home that has a bedroom I can convert to a craft room and sort it all out! I need something like that organizer to help out!

  51. My stuff is all over the place! Hopefully I’ll find a new home that has a bedroom I can convert to a craft room and sort it all out! I need something like that organizer to help out!

  52. This system looks amazing! I am in desperate need of a new organizational system for my crafting area. Most of my beads and accoutrements are in snapware containers, but I think something bigger would work better. Thanks for showing me how it’s done.

  53. I love all of the information, tips, and tricks that you share Tammy…I have a couple of these organizers…they are amazing…it seems I am always needing more of these amazing organizers…I had no idea how many tools, books, and jewelry making supplies I have until I started to organize it all…I definitely will need more of these organizers to sort it all out…Thank you again for all that you share Tammy…
    Happy 4th of July everyone…Be safe and have fun…
    Valorie

  54. Organization? That would be a minor miracle in my studio. I have specific areas, ie: gemstones, glass beads, seed beads, cabs, etc.. My husband hung peg board, so all my wire and wire tools are hung in one area and on the opposite wall above my sawing/stamping/drilling bench are more hammers, pliers, etc.. At least, I can move from one work area to another & leave projects where they are – to come back & finish later. My husband also found, at a local hardware, stacking parts drawers that had been used for nuts & bolts. Perfect for stashing stones/beads that I use less often. He’s the gem in my studio organization!

  55. I love organizing my beading supplies as much as I love making beaded jewelry. Seeing all the colors and containers lined up is inspiring. I have a big fishing tackle box that I use for local classes. I have the fold up rolling carts to take on bead retreats. I just installed an L shaped desk where I can have more than one project going. I have the rolling 10 drawer cabinets (used in scrap booking a lot ). Each drawer is a different size bead. I need size 11 beads or 6mm pearls….they have their own drawers. Before I go to a bead show, I check the drawers and can see at a glance if I need specific colors. The plastic photo cases keep projects separated until it’s finished. (Yes, I’m guilty of having many projects started from many classes-I WILL get them ALL finished!) Beading and organizing my stash…. I just can’t get enough!

  56. Keeping things organised is always a challenge when you work in this kind of industry but is also extremely important, thanks for the tips, they are very useful!

  57. I found a great organizer in the makeup section of Target. I also use a toothbrush holder for holding my most often used (8 prs) of pliers on my workbench. It’s worth perusing thrift stores looking for odd objects that can hold your tools, wire, and jewelry.

  58. I just started making jewelry and having a blast doing them. Love to have my supplies in order. Am using the mix nuts containers for now, LOL. Would love to have the desk. It would be prefect for me. Really dont know what I am suppose to be saying here, LOL. Still in the learning stage. TYVM

  59. My best organizational success is displaying my most used tools in an easy to reach place. I makes me more likely to put it back. If I have to “put it away” I most likely won’t.

  60. I have several organizers of different types and sizes yet I always need more! My most challenging storage needs are related to the larger and awkward sized silversmith items.

  61. My space is currently a disaster! I’m in the process of boxing beads by gemstone and color. Tools are being separated by function (pliers, cutters, crimpers, etc.). Unfinished projects are being put into labeled boxes. It’s a lot of work, but I’m finding all sorts of treasures that I forgot about!

  62. I have several types and sizes of organizers for my craft supplies but I always need more! My biggest challenge is organizing my larger and awkward sized silversmith supplies.

  63. I have so many craft supplies I didn’t know where to start. This article gives me a place to start and is very practical. I need to check out the website for product ideas and just get started. It is a very daunting task to say the least. Thanks for the kick start!

  64. Organization has always been my nemesis. I loved reading about all the ideas and products I can use. One of my biggest blunders is organizing my supplies is not keeping an accurate accounting of my purchases so I can cost out an item when I make it. I’ve saved all my receipts, but unfortunately I have purchased plastic storage bins with compartments then taken all the beads and put them in without any way to link them back to my receipts.

    I plan to begin using a database and a labeling system that will keeps my beads organized.

  65. Organization has always been my nemesis. I loved reading about all the ideas and products I can use. One of my biggest blunders is organizing my supplies is not keeping an accurate accounting of my purchases so I can cost out an item when I make it. I’ve saved all my receipts, but unfortunately I have purchased plastic storage bins with compartments then taken all the beads and put them in without any way to link them back to my receipts.

    I plan to begin using a database and a labeling system that will keeps my beads organized.

  66. I am having trouble with organizing my A space I have the other spaces organized , but dont really have an A space I like the peg board idea but cant think of where to attach them I want a space i can work in and leave my progress as is without having to carry everything back and forth from the craft room to my living area, Thanks for ABC concept

  67. I just got a revolving organizer and it’s saving the day! I keep all my scissors, rulers, punches, knives and markers in it so I can reach everything quickly while I’m working. These items are especially useful to have handy when I’m getting ready to display work or post items on my website!

  68. Rummaging at a local thrift store I found a kitchen tool caddy from Pampered Chef that spins like a lazy susan. I fill it with rulers, pens, markers, and lots of other “stuff” I use on a regular basis and it sits on my work bench in easy reach.

  69. As a creative director and crafter, I’ve always used a similar system (at work and home) for all resources, both physical and digital. Even my Mac is set up with links to Space A “tools” on the first level (desktop), then by current project, and so on. Just wish I had space for a actual ‘office area’ at home.

  70. I’m always happy to see other’s ideas about organizing. I have more experience than I ever wanted trying to fit my life into small spaces–and still be able to find and use everything. Some of the key solutions are 1) be ruthless about what is actually needed, 2) consider ways of filling otherwise unused space (such as hanging things from the ceiling), and 3) integrate, rather than separate, supplies that seem not to belong together (this gives rise to surprising inspirations).

  71. This would be a very helpful addition to my space because I have just graduated and I am currently using old coffee cans to organize my jewelry supplies and tools. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win this organizer! I’ve already started to put to use the “ABC’s of organizing”.

  72. I am always on the lookout for better ways to organize my space. I recently discovered cork boards and have found that they are a great way to organize chains and wire, by hanging them from push-pins. My biggest challenge, however, is actually taking the time to organize. Having a dedicated craft center would make it that much easier!

  73. The best organization tip I can give someone is to organize your tools. I use the pegboard system to hang my tools at an arms reach. I also use ribbon hangers for my wire and chain spools. Works great.

  74. I use all kinds of vintage and reproduction containers for my tools and findings . . . but I find that I get so into “design chic” that I design myself right out of work space. HELP!

    Your desktop organizer is just what I need to open up my workspace again.

    THANK you for this dream opportunity!!

  75. Organization is the hardest part of any crafting. Being organized makes the tasks easier and frees the mind to become more creative. Storage organizers are the key to making the projects clutter-free. A variety of choices gives crafters the freedom to chose the organizers which will be utilized and will work for them.

  76. Just started reorganizing my craft area. Ordered go-organize craft organization products. Can’t wait to get it all finished! Working on different areas for different types of crafting – sewing, beading, paper crafting, etc.

  77. I have a couple of organizers that I use, but I have them organized more by type of project (chainmaille, beading, kumihimo, etc.) than by how often I use the materials. I really like the suggestions given in the article, and I’ll try to start using them. That desktop organizer would look great on my desk!

  78. I actually have 2 “craft areas”, one being a bedroom surrounded on the entire outside with plastic drawer organizers from floor to ceiling with fabrics separated by color. 10 drawers have just batiks. An old desk from high school, lol-I am now 60 yrs old has all novelty buttons organized in the snap top plastic containers with dividers. My charms for jewelry making are organized in the same type containers. My beads as well as steampunk and found objects. I use the smaller divider containers for my sewing labels for clothing and other cloth items I make such as cloth art dolls, quilts. I have a separate area for all things crochet. My sewing machine, table and supplies are in another craft room in my home. My patterns are in crates organized by type of craft, with large cardstock dividers to easily find what I need. My yarn is organized by type and color in large sectioned bins. I use the “cute” suitcase looking carry totes from Craft stores for my fleece materials to make bird tents. I have another area just for silk ribbon embroidery, European embroideries and any other type. I do a lot of silk ribbon embroi. on my own clothing & purse creations that I sell. My baby area has everything from baby crochet yarn, baby novelty buttons and more! I do some painting while creating steampunk items with all the paints in small tubs with lids, color separated and coordinated. My glues, pastes, are in airtight containers to keep them moist and usuable. My clothing, cloth doll, novelties and other patterns are organized and titled in clothing pattern boxes for easy accessibility. I have beautiful trims, embellishments, charms and such for creating Victorian items. I have shells in boxes for creating cloth art doll mermaids. My craft room No. 1 is floor to ceiling and side to side with a small walking area to get around. On top of some of the drawer components I have a small ironing board with my iron that folds up to use the top for cutting fabric and the like. I have see thru boxes with lids containing zippers, buckles, elastic for waistbands, needles for every kind of craft including upholstery, a glue-gun area, see thru lidded boxes with sewing threads each one containing one color block, ie. all reds, etc. These are organized and stacked above me and my sewing machine area for easy access. I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist of my work areas. These places give me solace, allow my thinking cap to work and who knows what I will come up with next! gloria

  79. I have made a portable studio out of a plastic storage box that has a lid that secures with handle pieces. I line it with mat and it holds enough for 2-3 projects. It works great to take from room to room or in the car for travel. I have used it to work on bead weaving while my husband drives and take into motels to work a bit at the end of each vacation day. I’m obsessed with beading every day!

  80. I love many of your ideas and hope to get a dedicated spot for my jewelry making items. The burden is on me to clear out a room so that there is room for some of your great ideas.

  81. I love many of your ideas and hope to get a dedicated spot for my jewelry making items. The burden is on me to clear out a room so that there is room for some of your great ideas.

  82. I love many of your ideas and hope to get a dedicated spot for my jewelry making items. The burden is on me to clear out a room so that there is room for some of your great ideas.

  83. I use my mother’s antique canning jars. I put brushes, cut wires, paper strips, dowels, and other tall items in the tall jars, spatulas, knives, and stick-type tools on the medium jars, and I hang the pliers, wire cutters, tweezers and other split-handled tools on the edge of some small jars. I put buttons, baubkrs, and misc. potential jewelry items in whatever jar suits me. They are great because they are roomy, pretty, and you can see through them to see your choices.

  84. I have the largest room in our home for my art & craft studio. It’s so disorganized and full that I can’t even work in it! I end up at the kitchen table. My long-suffering husband and I have our dinners amongst my “stuff” and it only gets “cleaned off” when we have guests. A lot of this problem is because we have the issue of the amount of mediums I am involved in – jewelry making, painting, encaustic, clay, mosaic, fiber, and so on. I really do need to read all these suggestions! Thank you! xo

  85. I have a *lot* of beads!
    I like keeping the larger beads (semi-precious, fossil, mineral, lampwork) in divided plastic boxes. Most of these are labeled by color, but through experience I’ve found a few categories that I separate out by type instead (such as Czech fire-polished beads that I more frequently use in off-loom bead-weaving).
    The boxes are stacked on a wonderful industrial-strength rolling cart that I got at Sam’s Club, so I can move them around. It has one of those horizontal shoe-shelves on top to hold even more boxes, and spools of copper wire just fit at the end next to the shelves.
    My seed (and related) beads, which mostly come in tubes, are in organizer boxes. The standard 3-6-8-11s are in bins by color family, but I’ve found it more helpful to separate 15 & smaller, and special beads (drops, various two-hole types, etc.) in their own bins. These bins are on a smaller cart.
    My favorite thing for pliers is a small wooden rack that a friend gave me – keeps the most-used ones organized & right at hand, and fits a lot in a small space.

  86. My sister recently passed away and we were both beaders. I an in the middle of trying to reorganize to combine both of our hoards. I love the information in the article and will be looking for the mobile center to add to my work stations.

  87. I used to use plastic shoe boxes. You can see the contents and they fit nicely into file drawers. But all of a sudden I have too many plastic shoe boxes. I really need to do something else. Scarlett from WA

  88. We had a water heater flood that only took out my workroom. Sad, but it means that my space is being transformed from workroom/storage area to a new dedicated jewelry studio. I’ve used pegboard and nail/screw garage storage containers in the past and will probably continue but “prettied up” because, really? New dedicated space! I love seeing storage and organization ideas that I can also incorporate into my new, improved space.

  89. Great post. I can’t tell you how often I have re-organized my art space. I can’t seem to find the “perfect” way to squeeze much more than the room can hold i not the room in a way that I can actually find everything. 🙂 I’d love some way to make it work. I do have a basic system. Love revolving organizers!

  90. Second try at a comment. My sister passed away recently and we both are beaders. I am currently reorganizing to try and put both hoards together. Love the suggestions in the article. I am going to make a trip to town to see if I can use the mobile workstation in my studio.

  91. Great post and timely reminder. Tips on how to address the multiple projects in various states of completion might also be helpful for those of us who get started on a project, then get excited about another project and don’t finish the first. I have a 4 drawer cabinet with materials for the project stored in them .

  92. I know as a beader that I certainly can never have enough effective storage-I’m forever hunting for that particular bead or tool that I want! Even with hundreds of those divided sections containers etc, it’s never quite enough in order-I can use all the help I can get!

  93. This was a great post. Organization is the key to success. I have many thousands of beads which I keep in the Plano tackle boxes. They are prefect for this and at a lower cost than the boxes the fabric stores sell. I use removable labels on the ends of the boxes noting what the box contains and store the boxes in a large (25-compartment) cube storage unit that I purchased from my local bead store when their business closed. This type of unit is perfect for all of the beads, supplies, and display items. Thank you for your article. I hope it gives inspiration to others. The ideas in the post are terrific!

  94. I had a clear out of my crafting space last year and what a difference! I organised craft areas, and moved desks, tables and pinboards to the appropriate areas. I love the idea of storing according to usage…….and the diagram was a really useful visual way of seeing the workspace……..but how many of us work in a circle? Perhaps a horseshoe diagram would have been more useful? Using a visual diagrams are a great way of illustrating a point, and I loved the post.

  95. For the first time I will have a crafting/jewelry making space. I am excited to organize it. I attended the lecture on organization and there were many suggestions I liked and intend to use.

  96. For the first time I will have a crafting/jewelry making space. I am excited to organize it. I attended the lecture on organization and there were many suggestions I liked and intend to use.

  97. I love my magnetic canisters. I have a big sheet metal board and have crystals, pearls, findings and so much more in the canisters. That way they are within arms reach but off of the work surface. They protect many tiny objects from me knocking them off or my helpful cat playing with them. Couldn’t live without them now!!!

  98. I already use the Embellishment Organizer & just love it. I keep my beading wire on the dowel & glues, bails, & small tools, such as tweezers, in the drawers. It’s quite handy for my Area A stuff! I like the quality of Go Organize products, too.

  99. Good ideas and nice products. I love the desk top unit and the mobile craft center. I recently moved and have a nice studio space. It isn’t set up entirely yet, so this was very timely. Thank you!

  100. Great ideas.
    I mainly do off loom beading so have many tubes of seed beads, cylinder and other sized beads. Finding some way to hang them and also have them close is what I need. Right now they are in shoe boxes, reused clear candy containers and numerous clear plastic storage containers.
    No matter what containers I put them in I still have trouble finding the colour needed.

  101. This is most timely! I have been using plastic see through boxes which are easily stacked one on the other to hold beads/findings/wire. I use Blue painters tape on the ends of the boxes marked with what is inside (type and color) so I don’t open the box to see what’s inside. These boxes can be stacked on a closet shelf, and when needed easily transported to my work area.

  102. I have a portable organizer,this one is nice and need something like this,right now im using different cupboards and shelves.I like the ideas in this blog.

  103. I use clear-front plastic stacking units about 6in x 8 in (Sterlite) for strings of beads, larger beads and findings, sorted by color or material. I got the first few units at a yard sale, then bought more on sale at Target. For seed beads, findings and opened strings of smaller beads, I use those containers from Michael’s that hold 30 small round containers in six stacks, grouping by color or metal. Work in progress, combinations I’m thinking about and aren’t quite right yet, etc., however, are all over the place. My husband keeps wondering what is happening to our small ingredient bowls and olive oil dipping dishes . . . . My desk becomes an interesting mélange of business and beading.

  104. There is a lot of good logic in this article, and I plan to apply it to my studio. One of the item I find helpful is a re-purposed scrap booking storage unit. The shallow drawers allow me to lay out pieces of filigree metal. One type of metal for each drawer. Now it is easy to locate specific pieces when designing.

  105. I get the big drawer that you can put under your Keurig to hold the coffee pods in from Bed Bath and Beyond. If you get the kind that have adjustable compartments inside, you can use them to store 2 oz jars of enamel.

  106. This organizer would be great help!
    Soon we will be converting a room in our back garage into my workshop. I plan on starting and STAYING organized. I use a hanging file folder system for my wire and tackle boxes for beads and findings but I still need a way to organize my workspace and this desktop organizer would really help!

  107. Nothing better I like than being organized. Makes for a more productive day of jewelry making when you can put your finger on just what you need. Thanks for the chance to win

  108. I am involved in way too many crafts so organization is essential. Jewelry making has it’s own cabinet and paper for scrapbooking and silhouette projects is in one stackable organizer, then polymer clay is in a plano type container. It goes on and on. I also use an 9 foot countertop to work on. Got it free so it works out great except when you have to move it as it’s extremely heavy. Loved the article and can always use another item for the organization system in my studio.

  109. – I often find plastic rolling storge units at garage sales and thrift stores: keep your eyes peeled for those!
    – All of my Swarovskis are sorted by color in the plastic divided trays.
    – All of my pearls and semi-precious stones are sorted in pull-out drawers of the plastic rolling storage units.
    – My work area is covered withfake “suede” so that nothing rolls away.
    – I use “furry” white mittens or gloves to sort and hold the beads I’m working with at the moment: The texture of the materials holds the beads and the white background helps me decide how the pattern looks.
    – I have my articulated high-intensity lamp clamped to the side of the desk, of course.
    – When I see a pattern I like, instructions or ideas, I rip out the pages and put them in a three-ring binder for later inspiration.
    – I keep my craft wires and fishing line stacked in pretty baskets nearby.This said, I still need to be better organized!

  110. I use Plano compartment boxes for all of my beading supplies, tictac boxes for my jumprings and they are easy to carry to my craft group for specific projects!

  111. I love to have everything within arms’ reach for easy access, but unfortunately, my cats think anything left on a hard surface is a cat toy, so organizing tools are essential!

  112. I have a very small work area and found that the type of cart that hairdressers use to store curlers, curling irons, etc. is also useful in my work space. I picked up an inexpensive one at Sally’s. The top portion of the cart is great for storing my burnishers, butane torch, files, etc. The drawers are large enough to store my sheet metal and wire. The best part of this type of cart is the roomy bottom portion. There I store my beehive kiln, surge protectors and other small electrical gadgets. On my work table I use empty coffee cans to store my shears, dowels, pens, brushes, picks and pliers. I use a small microwave cart for my pickle pot. The lower space of the cart is used to store my etching tank. I store my beads in stacking bins. All of these items were inexpensive to purchase and cleared up the clutter.

  113. I never have enough room for my craft supplies OR antique jewelry organization. For me, it’s “out of sight, out of mind” and then I can’t remember where I put it. I never know if I should organize by color, era, or designer – but then what about the unsigned pieces? So far, I have at least a dozen Iris 6 drawer chests, and an underutilized blue print chest (cause I can’t GET to it, with the cartons in front), but need way more.

  114. Really good post! My daughter and I found a shelf unit with covered drawers that come right out are great for storing craft supplies of all kinds. I think they are intended for storage of paper. Found one at Costco and the other at Michael’s.

  115. Thanks for posting this article, Tammy. There are some great ideas – and I find that I waste too much time searching for items when I could be just jumping in and designing and crating the jewelry I have in mind! My husband bought me some Go Organize storage containers for Christmas last year but I definitely want to add to my collection. Thanks again!
    Marge

  116. I usually keep my beads (that are not part of the project) in a cabinet, but have my tools either hanging on a pegboard in front of my workstation, or in a bell glass jar (along with miscellaneous brushes). For pens, scissors and rulers, I have a pencil holder that I keep them in.

  117. I appreciate the suggestions about organizing. However, if you do more than one sort of thing, then organizing one area for all your work won’t fly. What I need to have close for making earrings is very different from requirements for card weaving. Personally, I tend to have tools for each type of work in a portable container so that I can move what I need to where I need it, as I need it.

  118. I have an oriental market in my neighborhood and inside they have a gift section with beautiful but reasonably priced plastic “lacquer” boxes. I use these on my main design and finishing workspace for a touch of organization that is aesthetic as well as functional.

  119. I love the ideas. Ha e had bits and pieces all over the place,husband just gave me space In the man cave. Now my cave. Have some organization but saw some real must haves on this site.

  120. I love the ideas. Ha e had bits and pieces all over the place,husband just gave me space In the man cave. Now my cave. Have some organization but saw some real must haves on this site.

  121. I love the ideas. Ha e had bits and pieces all over the place,husband just gave me space In the man cave. Now my cave. Have some organization but saw some real must haves on this site.

  122. I always can use more storage, and more efficient storage! As my jewelry techniques grow, so does the pile of supplies. More storage is alway welcome.

  123. “Rolling” is the word that always gets me; everything on casters where possible. What I do the most changes over time and it’s great to be able to move the equipment close in one swell foop. I took a tip from my mother who put her sewing handwork projects in a little baby carriage. It looked adorable and she could wheel it over to wherever the light was best.

  124. My husband showed me this trick from his “shed”. I save all the glass jars I empty in the kitchen, along with the lids. Run them through the dishwasher so they are very clean, then nail the lid to a wooden board. A 2 x 4 will work great. Make it any length you have room for and either mount it on a pegboard, wall above your workspace, etc.

    Fill your jars with anything you have a lot of and screw the jars onto the lids! That way you should be looking at the bottom of the jars and you can see very clearly what’s in them. I use them for seed beads, findings, small pieces of leftover wire, etc. They are out of the way, sorted, easy to see what’s where, and VERY easy to keep neat and tidy. Just screw the appropriate jar onto the appropriate lid.

  125. Just when I thought I had my work space organized, another shipment arrived. Now, things are overflowing and I need to revamp. All of my items are stored out of sight, except for my tools in a beautiful basket on my work table. Looks like I’m going to have to utilize my up space better. Thanks for the ideas!

  126. Love the different ideas and suggestions that we get from Go-Organize.com Getting ready to move to a new place and will be getting some of the cubes to help with my organization.

  127. Great article. My beads are organized in drawers by color and material.
    Seed beads by color – reds/oranges, blues, greens, yellow/gold, black, white
    Stone beads the same way
    That way when I am designing I can just grab a bunch of little baggies of beads rather than having to go through many plastic divider boxes to find the beads I am looking for. Also they don’t spill as easy as those plastic divider boxes do!

  128. Great article. My beads are organized in drawers by color and material.
    Seed beads by color – reds/oranges, blues, greens, yellow/gold, black, white
    Stone beads the same way
    That way when I am designing I can just grab a bunch of little baggies of beads rather than having to go through many plastic divider boxes to find the beads I am looking for. Also they don’t spill as easy as those plastic divider boxes do!

  129. I have been beading for many years and took up wire wrapping 3 years ago to compliment my beading. The results have been fantastic by combining both techniques! I use copper wire most of the time and my customers love the unique look. I use silver wire for extra special customers and my pieces look beautiful! As far as organization of my supplies…HELP! I have tackle boxes, a variety of sectioned plastic boxes, beading bags, organizer bags, regular boxes, tubes etc! I am so unorganized it is shameful and very frustrating when tracking down all of the supplies I need for a particular project. Jewelry Making Daily has been very helpful with organizing ideas, but it would be great to have the revolving workstation to truly get my supplies in order!

  130. Oh how I NEED something…anything…that will help organize my art supplies!!! I create in several different mediums….jewelry, painting in oil, acrylics and pastels so if you multiply those numerous supplies , you …get the picture!!

  131. I have an IKEA Expedit bookcase/shelving unit with 5 x 5, so 25 cubed spaces to store my supplies in my craft room, and it fits into an indentation in one wall of the room. I sort out my beads and supplies by size/type into smaller plastic shelving tray units (by Gracious Living) – 3 shelves per unit. Each of these units fits into one shelf/cubbie. So I can take out a tray at a time when I am looking for various beads, findings, wire, thread etc. And for projects on the go, I have two types of hinged, snap shut trays – one from Solutions (1 3/4″ deep) and one from MIchael’s (1 1/2″ a narrow version of a container to hold scrapbook papers) which I use to keep each project on the go – holds a bead mat, tools, beads, findings, instruction sheets – all in a snapped shut container, so I don’t lose any of the materials. And I can take it with me, around the house if I move from my craft room, or to my beading guild meetings, to any classes, or more recently taken on vacation to have projects easily at hand to carry out and about when not busy doing other holiday activities.

  132. I have an IKEA Expedit bookcase/shelving unit with 5 x 5, so 25 cubed spaces to store my supplies in my craft room, and it fits into an indentation in one wall of the room. I sort out my beads and supplies by size/type into smaller plastic shelving tray units (by Gracious Living) – 3 shelves per unit. Each of these units fits into one shelf/cubbie. So I can take out a tray at a time when I am looking for various beads, findings, wire, thread etc. And for projects on the go, I have two types of hinged, snap shut trays – one from Solutions (1 3/4″ deep) and one from MIchael’s (1 1/2″ a narrow version of a container to hold scrapbook papers) which I use to keep each project on the go – holds a bead mat, tools, beads, findings, instruction sheets – all in a snapped shut container, so I don’t lose any of the materials. And I can take it with me, around the house if I move from my craft room, or to my beading guild meetings, to any classes, or more recently taken on vacation to have projects easily at hand to carry out and about when not busy doing other holiday activities.

  133. I have an IKEA Expedit bookcase/shelving unit with 5 x 5, so 25 cubed spaces to store my supplies in my craft room, and it fits into an indentation in one wall of the room. I sort out my beads and supplies by size/type into smaller plastic shelving tray units (by Gracious Living) – 3 shelves per unit. Each of these units fits into one shelf/cubbie. So I can take out a tray at a time when I am looking for various beads, findings, wire, thread etc. And for projects on the go, I have two types of hinged, snap shut trays – one from Solutions (1 3/4″ deep) and one from MIchael’s (1 1/2″ a narrow version of a container to hold scrapbook papers) which I use to keep each project on the go – holds a bead mat, tools, beads, findings, instruction sheets – all in a snapped shut container, so I don’t lose any of the materials. And I can take it with me, around the house if I move from my craft room, or to my beading guild meetings, to any classes, or more recently taken on vacation to have projects easily at hand to carry out and about when not busy doing other holiday activities.

  134. I have an IKEA Expedit bookcase/shelving unit with 5 x 5, so 25 cubed spaces to store my supplies in my craft room, and it fits into an indentation in one wall of the room. I sort out my beads and supplies by size/type into smaller plastic shelving tray units (by Gracious Living) – 3 shelves per unit. Each of these units fits into one shelf/cubbie. So I can take out a tray at a time when I am looking for various beads, findings, wire, thread etc. And for projects on the go, I have two types of hinged, snap shut trays – one from Solutions (1 3/4″ deep) and one from MIchael’s (1 1/2″ a narrow version of a container to hold scrapbook papers) which I use to keep each project on the go – holds a bead mat, tools, beads, findings, instruction sheets – all in a snapped shut container, so I don’t lose any of the materials. And I can take it with me, around the house if I move from my craft room, or to my beading guild meetings, to any classes, or more recently taken on vacation to have projects easily at hand to carry out and about when not busy doing other holiday activities.

  135. I use large plastic stackable containers to store my different types of jewelry materials…metals in one, pearls in another, stone beads separate from glass beads, etc. Helps when I am sorting materials and colors for a project.

  136. I am always trying new ways to organize myself around my kids and dogs…have started using the TV Trays for the different projects I work on. Big enough to hold my current work but small enough to be moved out of the way when needed without having to completely put everything away…easy enough to put cover over to keep boys away from tools.

  137. A couple of years ago I went to an auction at a hardware store that was closing and purchase a few of the pipe fitting bins. The are large, medium, and small clear drawers that my husband mounted on plywood and hung them on the wall above my desk. I have every bead and charm separated and organized so I know exactly what I have on hand. Still haven’t filled up every draw yet. Works great.

  138. Now that I read this it makes so much sense! I just rearranged my work space with the chart in mind. SO much better! I even have room for some of those organizers when I win them! LOL

  139. I use dowels on cup hooks for all my different types of wire. A small piece of peg board holds most of my tools right in front of me, but up off my work space.

    Great ideas in your article.

  140. Now that I read this it makes so much sense! I just rearranged my work space with the chart in mind. SO much better! I even have room for some of those organizers when I win them! LOL

  141. Now that I read this it makes so much sense! I just rearranged my work space with the chart in mind. SO much better! I even have room for some of those organizers when I win them! LOL

  142. I can’t work unless im organised, mobility issues. I have chest of drawers on wheels within arms reach. I turned an old desk into a work bench and put a peg board on the back of it with a wood shelf on top floral foam cut into shapes of children’s plastic lunch boxes for dremel bit. Good will for small crock pots for hot pickle.. An old baseball bat ,for shaping bracelets.

  143. I can’t work unless im organised, mobility issues. I have chest of drawers on wheels within arms reach. I turned an old desk into a work bench and put a peg board on the back of it with a wood shelf on top floral foam cut into shapes of children’s plastic lunch boxes for dremel bit. Good will for small crock pots for hot pickle.. An old baseball bat ,for shaping bracelets.

  144. I have a combination home ceramic/jewelry studio, with the jewelry section being the smaller of the two. I have a lot of supplies and tools and it seems I never know where any of them are buried under the stacks. I just told my husband that I need to remove everything from the jewelry side, lay it out on some long tables and try to sort things out. This email came at the right time!

  145. I use clear (or nearly clear) plastic containers of various sorts. Some lock together and have a handle on the top for easy carry. Others are drawers. Also, plastic file cabs on rollers. My favorite is the tray-like cardboard box bottoms that I get from Costco. Free!! Oh, of course, I also have a workbench.

  146. I am constantly working towards organization. I find neat vintage cabinets and drawer type organizers at the thrift shops. I mix those with new storage for a funky workspace that reflects my personality.

  147. I use a peg board over my work table for my tools and I store all my beads by color and type in small clear containers with sealable lids. They are plastic containers with snap lids, little glass jars and little metal cannisters with screw on lids.
    Those go into rolling carts that I store under my craft table. I had my husband mount sturdy shelves around my workroom for storage and long term storage items and extra supplies go into pretty labeled boxes and clear plastic bins on the shelves. I love that I can see what I have available just by looking around the room. I have kids and cats, so I need to be able to keep things out of reach of little hands and unspillable if the cats manage to get to them.
    A desktop organizer would be very useful for the hand tools I use the most. No more reaching over my work to retrieve a tool!

  148. I use glass cigar tubes and tall wooden cigar boxes to store my seed beads. I also use an old cigarette stand with plywood as shelves to hol my containers of larger beads.

  149. I envy people who have space for a studio! I don’t have enough room to dedicate a table for my jewelry-making, so I work on my living room coffee table! All my tools and supplies are in bins because everything needs to be put away at the end of the day. Plano bins work great for me.

  150. I have little space and have gathered up quite a bit of material – I am so unorganized. Instead of going through what I have when I take a class, I just buy more. I can use all the help I can get!!

  151. So far the ONLY succes I’ve had in organizing my jewelry-making supplies is keeping everything in the same place (LOL) — in a portable tote box that’s about 9 x 14 x x 16 inches!! I’m just starting out, though. Am enjoying beading and have sold most everything I’ve made. So, that is another success! I am a subscriber to several jewelry-making websites and blogs and really appreciate the inspiration I get from what I see and the tutorials are so helpful, too. I would love to win this organizer; but, good luck to all who are entering, and go bead!

  152. Last year I added a room to my small house and it is now my studio. I bought a white desk with 4 wire drawers of various depths down one side of it. Since I am learning to do wire work, I use the top two drawers for my wires and the bottom two deep ones for my tools like files and hammers. On the top of the desk is a large wooden tool holder that I got from Rings n Things and all the pliers, wire cutters and other small handled tools are stored. The bottom of it is a box the full width of the tool holder so I put other small tools in there. Beside the desk are two tall Elfa rolling wire mesh “chests” (for lack of a better word), each with 5 drawers of various depths that I keep all my bead tubes and other containers in. Each drawer is labeled separately as to contents like “size 11 seed beads”, “pearls”, “size 15 seed beads”, etc. I have another one of these “chests” in another room that holds my Swarovski crystals, kits, stringing supplies, etc. For once in my beading career, I can now find things I’m looking for, These Elfa chests came from the Container Store, ordered on-line.

  153. I’ve been really bad at organizing. I had been keeping paper and card stock in my bookshelf across the room from where I use it, but I’m getting a stacking inbox set so I can keep it right where I use it.

  154. I went to Harbor Freight and found a plastic box with lots of little boxes packed in it.
    It’s see through and can be labeled if desired. I have several of these and can
    categorize them by colors, types and size. I also use these little boxes to store my finished jewelry.When I do this I have an empty container these little boxes came in to store my seed bead tubes. Lots and lots of uses for these little storage containers. Great way to carry your jewelry when travelling. These are a steal for $4.99 vs. the expensive storage containers at the craft stores.

  155. I went to Harbor Freight and found a plastic box with lots of little boxes packed in it.
    It’s see through and can be labeled if desired. I have several of these and can
    categorize them by colors, types and size. I also use these little boxes to store my finished jewelry.When I do this I have an empty container these little boxes came in to store my seed bead tubes. Lots and lots of uses for these little storage containers. Great way to carry your jewelry when travelling. These are a steal for $4.99 vs. the expensive storage containers at the craft stores.

  156. I went to Harbor Freight and found a plastic box with lots of little boxes packed in it.
    It’s see through and can be labeled if desired. I have several of these and can
    categorize them by colors, types and size. I also use these little boxes to store my finished jewelry.When I do this I have an empty container these little boxes came in to store my seed bead tubes. Lots and lots of uses for these little storage containers. Great way to carry your jewelry when travelling. These are a steal for $4.99 vs. the expensive storage containers at the craft stores.

  157. Thank you for a great article to get my organizing thought processes going. Since we are visual artists, the chart helps a lot. I use the 10 drawer units from Sam’s Club too, I can grab a drawer and take to a beading group or to design a project.

    I also use a Frisbee to hold project materials, easily stacked and edges to hold beads in place.

    Thanks for the fun.

  158. I have 6 ft shelving all around my studio and have things boxed according to what they are and all boxes are labeled. I also have rolling drawer units with all my beads and tools according to type of stone and color and type of tool.

  159. I have the largest room in our home for my art & craft studio. It’s so disorganized and full that I can’t even work in it! I end up at the kitchen table. My long-suffering husband and I have our dinners amongst my “stuff” and it only gets “cleaned off” when we have guests. A lot of this problem is because we have the issue of the amount of mediums I am involved in – jewelry making, painting, encaustic, clay, mosaic, fiber, and so on. I really do need to read all these suggestions! Thank you! xo

  160. This is great. I’m just getting ready to reorganize my hobby room and am trying to figure out ways to organize it logically and usefully. I’d love to hear more tips and win this.

  161. Logical arrangements and organization leads to better designs and less frustrations. Thank you for sharing and giving us an opportunity to win.

  162. I have always saved the plastic containers that my lunch meat came in. They are flat and stackable. I put beads for projects in them when I first buy them, and have all the coordinating colors ready for when I start the project. I place the containers in a book shelf, trying to keep like colors together.

  163. I have always saved the plastic containers that my lunch meat came in. They are flat and stackable. I put beads for projects in them when I first buy them, and have all the coordinating colors ready for when I start the project. I place the containers in a book shelf, trying to keep like colors together.

  164. What a nice looking work area – It would be great to be able to leave a project partly finished and not have to pick everything up.

  165. I am handicapped, plus, I have cardmaking AND beading and a tv and a computer/printer in my craftroom!

    It’s important to me not to stumble, fall and break yet something else, either on me or my stuff.

    I have organized stuff, as, best I can in the ABC manner, I did this some time ago, made sense!

    But, I’d like to buy even MORE helpful storage items for the craft closet nearby. I have been using ‘over-the-door shoe pocket storage’ for items, as well as other pocket closet storage for items!

    For my thousands of beads I use plastic boxes with the divider pockets in them that can stand up like binders (labeled) and won’t spill.

    More storage solutions need to be achieved to make life easier in this bedroom/craftroom. Working on it!

  166. I line the wall in front of my workbench with pegboard and trace and outline of each tool around the peg on which it hangs. This way every tool has its spot and if someone in the household “borrows” something from my work area, I know just what is missing. Super handy system for those who are very visual in nature.

    I’m also a huge fan of color coding categories of files and materials, so I know what’s in each bin, tin, and folder.

  167. I have all my beads separated by style, color, size, type in clear consiner. Some in ice cream buckets. All my tools and wire, findings and books are all put into a chest. Unfortunately that’s how it’s been done since I can’t afford bookshelves or desk with drawers. I did have organized on pegs on wall in back room, but my husband kept bumping into them or the cat(his) would want to play with what I’d hung.
    Need a simpler way!

  168. I am the most unorganized person and my house is a small house with small rooms so I am in need of help when it comes to organizing anything including my craft and jewelry supplies so thanks for sharing this wonderful article andt he chance to win this AWESOME prize!!!!

  169. My friend made me a cabinet with shallow drawers that I keep all of my beads and cabs in. It’s nice to finally have those all in one place! Other than that, I have a tote for all of my tools. I can just grab it and take it wherever I need it. Thanks for the great post!

  170. A very useful item is a three tier revolving rack with dividers on each level.
    Put all the tools and related items in each individual space- then revolve the racks as you need each item-saves space and has easy access.

  171. I wish it was that easy — I travel south for the winter (NV) and live in Toronto, Canada in the summer — so, not only do I need to find things easily, I need to remember which items are north and which are south — an inventory list would be lovely, but as most crafter know, stash seems to grow faster than a person can keep any list up to date. Add to that I am doing many, many crafts- beading (of course), but also needlework (lots & lots of cross stitch, needlepoint, knitting, and crochet) as well as other things I call crafty/crafty — which are on included in the above list. so I REALLY, REALLY need all the help I can get

  172. I like to keep related items – such as tools, materials and such – stored together and since I am usually working on more than one project at a time, I keep each project in a separate clear plastic container which allows me to see which project I will work on next.

  173. Great visual. I need to add a board to my wall for all of my different chain and stringing material. Going to Home Depot tomorrow, I am motivated…Thanks!

  174. To store all my beading magazines:
    I cut the bottom out of hanging file folders and hang one magazine over each side. I use different colors for each periodical I subscribe to. One two-drawer file cabinet holds all of them. You could even make notes on the folder itself to remind you of what you liked in an issue. This way, it’s really easy to flip through all my magazines to find the one I want and they never get lost or damaged.

  175. I already have the revolving organizer and it’s full of tools, needles and other assorted goodies. I sure could use a second one now. I use a lot of plastic Iris cases in all sizes, compartmented cases from Home Depot for stone, pearls, crystal and other beads and Snap It Cases. But I still have stuff all over my workbench!

  176. Good ideas here–not new but well presented. I especially loved the graphic, which gives me a different way of thinking about spaces A, B, and C. Thanks!

  177. I work in a very small space which is shared with a couple of my other passions (ie: stained and fused glass and card-making). But jewelry always trumps the other two when I am feeling inspired and I love working in silver and copper!

  178. I love my revolving organizer. All of my basic tools are in it and on 2 acrylic tool stands. This keeps what I use most right at hand. My studio is in my guest bedroom. My biggest problem is I tend to spend so much time organizing that I run out of time to make the jewelry. Half the time you can’t see the bed, but then no one comes to spend the night anyway! lol

  179. I use a bigger tackle bos the holds 5 plastic boxes and the top has room for tools or anything else you may want to put in it. i also have smaller jewelry cases that have plastic boxes in them. These cases I can move around easily. I also found at yard sales, metal containers that have little plastic drawers I can put beads and findings in. Men use these in their workshops for washers, screws and other small things. Some of them can hang on a wall.

  180. Thanks for the tips. I currently use small plastic boxes with dividers along with snack size baggies to keep my beads in. The boxes and baggies then fit into a larger plastic storage box. I would love more storage but right now I’m making due with what I have.

  181. I found that a Rubbermaid type cake transporter with a cover holds my beading board and some supplies perfectly. They work great for travel and storage and you can stack them.

  182. If I read the article correctly….we are supposed to post a success or blunder of our organizational skills. Here’s one of my successes…..

    I have a very simple way to organize my saw blades. I go and buy some Bic pens…..you know the clear ones that used to explode….well, I take the ink and pen head (all one thing), and I put my saw blades in the clear plastic tube and put the lid on. Label the outside of the tube as to what number it is, and presto….I have a saw blade “shaker”!!! There are holes in the cap….so when I need a new blade…I just tun over the capped tube, and shake one out!! Easy peasey!!

  183. I never really thought about where everything goes exactly, but after reading the article and looking at my own chaos, I can see how it would make it easier to concentrate on your work and less on searching for things. The giveaway makes it even easier.

  184. I recently downsized and thus have lost my craft room. Now I am in a small area in the family room. I have put alot of my jewelry making supplies in tubs and baskets. I would love to get more ideas on how to store, and also how not to make my workspace look cluttered.

  185. I recently downsized and thus have lost my craft room. Now I am in a small area in the family room. I have put alot of my jewelry making supplies in tubs and baskets. I would love to get more ideas on how to store, and also how not to make my workspace look cluttered.

  186. Keeping things organized while enjoying crafting multiple projects is where I run into problems. The suggestions, ideas, and products are really helpful.

  187. Keeping things organized while enjoying crafting multiple projects is where I run into problems. The suggestions, ideas, and products are really helpful.

  188. Great ideas!

    I ‘collected’ jet max oodles of storage boxes – they were okay, but not as great as I’d hoped…so, I put pegboards on two walls; they are on the upper half of the walls, and lined the bottom half of the walls with the jet-max boxes. This was a huge improvement.

  189. I really enjoyed this post Tammy, simple and effective. I find that I’m often drawn to the really pretty looking storage items and then find myself, the structural minimalist side of me, leaning towards getting the not so pretty, compartment filled “men’s shed” items.
    This post is helping me bring together those two sides…
    Thank you.

  190. The office work is the most difficult for me. The best purchasing was therefore a hanging file folder.
    Now I find every loose piece of paper again.

  191. I’m very lucky to have a great space, but keeping it organized is my downfall. My counters are made from desks that we salvaged when my school was replacing the furniture in our science building. I have drawers galore. I see a couple of things in this article that I will try.

  192. i am very organized in my studio with lots of clear containers& shelves/drawers. i colour sort all beads. i have a peg board that i hang small baskets on for special items. my problem is bringing items to & from work as i teach classes at Michaels . I like to have samples of my work for interest in future classes.i am trying to downsize what i transport back & forth, its just too much to put away after a long day. very heavy also.
    i am someone who brings extra tools so students dont spend a fortune on wrong items they may not enjoy.thank you for ABC INFO.

  193. I have bought a lot of containers at yard sales so my studio is an eclectic mix of cookie jars, enameled trays, plastic containers, and recycled stuff. Thanks for this giveaway.

  194. I have bought a lot of containers at yard sales so my studio is an eclectic mix of cookie jars, enameled trays, plastic containers, and recycled stuff. Thanks for this giveaway.

  195. For keeping all my beads straight, I organize them by type and size, then by color, all in portable plastic organizers with a handle. I organize all my metal parts and findings similarly, with all the parts in separate compartments of a bin that holds a certain metal color (rose gold, antique silver, etc.). The best investment I’ve made is a good labeler! Now I can see at a glance what each of my organizers holds, what exact bead color and number is in each individual cell, etc. Although I do have a craft room, I tend to grab what I need for a project and work on a tv tray in the living room in the evening so I can be near my honey!
    Rosie P

  196. My craft area is a mess! I do beading & knitting. Everything is everywhere & I can’t seem to get anything organized. I could definitely use some help please.

  197. I have a table that I keep all the immediate projects on and a workspace that I can pull together new ideas. I have a sticky mat and I build my idea and color scheme one item at a time. It allows me to place beads or cabs and they stay put. If I get several different beads together and find one color doesn’t do or the size isn’t working it is easy to remove , as I only have a few on the mat.
    When you have lots (thousands) of bead choices, organization is a must! When I add new bead boxes, I divide and resort to make it easier. I also find this to be a reminder of something I forgot I had. I keep all these bead boxes in cases that have handles & wheels and are easy to lug and move. They are well labeled and sorted.

  198. I recently downsized and thus have lost my craft room. Now I am in a small area in the family room. I have put alot of my jewelry making supplies in tubs and baskets. I would love to get more ideas on how to store, and also how not to make my workspace look cluttered.

  199. I use an accordion folder to hold my sanding papers. This way they don’t get wrinkled and they are stored in numerical (grit) order. I also use one of those grass like plastic pencil holders to hold my smaller sets of files, which i keep in the plastic sleeve they come in. You can see what you need at a glance and takes up small space on bench. I also keep my stones in a fabric box in their glassine pouches so I have quickly shuffle through when I have a design in mind. Hope these tips help.

    Linda

  200. I use an accordion folder to hold my sanding papers. This way they don’t get wrinkled and they are stored in numerical (grit) order. I also use one of those grass like plastic pencil holders to hold my smaller sets of files, which i keep in the plastic sleeve they come in. You can see what you need at a glance and takes up small space on bench. I also keep my stones in a fabric box in their glassine pouches so I have quickly shuffle through when I have a design in mind. Hope these tips help.

    Linda

  201. I’ve tried several organization methods, but I usually fall back on clear plastic boxes so that I can see everything. Part of my problem is that my crafting space is a coffee table in our sun room, and I need to put everything away after each session so that my curious dogs don’t inadvertantly hurt themselves.

  202. I use the fishing tackle boxes to organize my finished projects. I also use the cabinets that mechanics use. I found them on sale from a big box store, and they are so sturdy. The drawers don’t give in to the weight of my beads, they roll around for cleaning, and I could go on. I love them!

  203. I use a plastic box designed for scrapbooking. It is big enough to hold a bead board and supplies for projects that I can work on while watching TV, but small enough that I can close it and stash it under the couch when not in use.

  204. It seems I’m reorganizing and cleaning up everyday! My best so-far solution for tools has been a vinyl-coated wire kitchen shelf rack (meant for dishes in your cupboard). It sits on the side of my work desk a right angle to the front. Due to its light weight I had to tape it down with duct tape or the weight of the tools would tip it over. My numerous pliers, nippers, bailers, etc., fit nicely in the holes along the front edge (I have a lot) and I have a plastic cookbook holder behind it to hold any tutorials, books, or references I might be using, then behind that I have various bead boards. And, really, everyday I’m gathering up my tools and putting them back on the rack!

  205. It seems I’m reorganizing and cleaning up everyday! My best so-far solution for tools has been a vinyl-coated wire kitchen shelf rack (meant for dishes in your cupboard). It sits on the side of my work desk a right angle to the front. Due to its light weight I had to tape it down with duct tape or the weight of the tools would tip it over. My numerous pliers, nippers, bailers, etc., fit nicely in the holes along the front edge (I have a lot) and I have a plastic cookbook holder behind it to hold any tutorials, books, or references I might be using, then behind that I have various bead boards. And, really, everyday I’m gathering up my tools and putting them back on the rack!

  206. The two favorites on my bench are an old wood cutlery tray that holds my most used hammers and an old pipe stand that rotates on a lazy susan and holds my most used files. I’d love to win this handy organizer!

  207. I need lot of help organizing, lol I carrying a little jewelry organizer from room to room so I can watch my lil man as I make jewelry. That mobile organizer would be a super help. Some of the blogs give me good ideas too.

  208. Having several hobbies, along with making Jewelry, organization is key to keeping it all supplies in their place. It makes for a more pleasurable working space when time allows for creation.

  209. I am probably the world’s most unorganized person! I’m trying to get my jewelry tools organized. Most of my beads are in baby food jars which work well enough – it’s just that I need to organize the jars now. If anybody needs to win this desktop organizer, I do!

  210. I love beads and findings. If you could see my bead room you would see that. I can never decide to store by color, type, size, etc, GRRRR it is a mess. I would love to win something that could get me going on the right direction.

    Thanks for all the tips.

  211. My worst organizing problem is my table. I always have so many projects at once, and I do so many different crafts, that it looks like a craft store exploded on it. But my drawers are all organized based on the type of craft, so I have a clay space, resin space, beading space, and paper crafts in another space. I label every drawer with what it contains so I don’t forget where things are.

  212. I have a fairly large workspace, so I have a place for everything I do. My desk and workbenches are in a circle which makes it easier go from one to the other. I have a corner desk with several stackable bins for beads and findings. I have a chicken feeder to keep my pliers in. I have shelves and magazine holders to keep my books in; labeled accordingly. A cabinet for (other) storage. Next is a workbench with a dremel drill press, space for enameling/patina, an anvil, and rolling mill, shelf above and below for supplies and this work. Nest is another workbench with a vice and my soldering station. liver of sulphur and pickling pot with exhaust for smell and fumes. Nest is my bench pin and apron plus all my tools needed, most in a revolving organizer. Then a rolling cart and a file cabinet with all my wire filed per type and gauge. I hope this helps someone with organization.

  213. I need to get organized! I spend more time looking for things. I love the idea of organizing by color. That’s how many bead stores do it. I will take lots of the shared ideas from below. Thank you al!
    l

  214. I need to get organized. I spend more time looking for things. I love the idea of organizing by color. That’s what many bead stores do. I will take many of the ideas below. Thank you all!

  215. I have a cart that has 3 drawers that I use to keep my tools, wire, and the other items I need handy and I also have large plastic storage containers that I keep all my beads in. I really need a work table and plan to expand my workstation when I move in with my boyfriend in about a year and a half.

  216. I have a cart that has 3 drawers that I use to keep my tools, wire, and the other items I need handy and I also have large plastic storage containers that I keep all my beads in. I really need a work table and plan to expand my workstation when I move in with my boyfriend in about a year and a half.

  217. I really enjoyed this article. I have purchased a home 1 1/2 years ago & my craft room is the last room to be straightened out. I have always used odds & ends to hold my supplies & tools. I re-purpose furniture to suit my needs. This doesn’t always work. My room is very large with a full closet & a walk in closet. (It is really a spare bedroom.) I have many craft interests, from tole painting, beading, cross stitching & scrapbooking. My issue is I don’t know how to organize the room for all of these interests. I really need help!

  218. Hi,
    I’m finally able to have my own space for crafting : ), so this post was just what I needed to help me set my space up. Thank you for posting all the wonderful tips.

  219. Such clever organizational tools! For a decorative and fun way to corral and organize my jewelry findings and small items that I use frequently, I use a really cute tabletop “jewelry tree” meant for holding necklaces and earrings, then hang small, brightly colored organza bags containing the findings, rolls of jewelry wire, etc. from the branches like ripe fruit. Various weights and designs of chain for necklaces, bracelets, etc. dangle among the “fruit” like Spanish moss. The round, bowl-like base, designed to hold rings, pins, and such, hold my most frequently used tools, and the whole display looks like an avid gardener’s orchard, and is most functional. Fun, pretty, and highly useful!

  220. All the ideas presented are great ideas. I found that keeping in – progress projects on cookie sheets works well because the sides help beads from rolling off when I move around.

  221. Love the tips. I have to work in a very small space, so being organized is even more important. I need to know that I can find what I need when I need it.

  222. Love the revolving organizer!

    While I don’t have a dedicated sit-down workspace, I do have dedicated storage space in a small closet. There I keep two sets of portable drawers where I store my jewelry-making tools and other craft supplies, and a horde of plastic boxes containing my bead stash, sorted by color.

  223. Three years ago this month my son moved back home and decided my carpet needed to go. This necessitated moving 3 rooms of furniture room-to-room (one of which contained all of my jewelry-making supplies). Said supplies were SO mixed up & stacked every which way when we were done I couldn’t even think about reorganization. Physically unable to do so on my own because of health concerns, all I could do is try to find the basics when I felt the need to create. Ha. Ha. Ha. With all the supplies scattered, I just made a bigger mess – I swear all I had to do was look in the room for that to happen.. .sigh. Anyway, it’s been three years. I’ve completed zero pieces, although I may have 20 or 30 in various stages of creation. I need HELP – and an organizer. 🙂

  224. At times I work on several projects at one time and find my cutting table cluttered w/ fabric. I try to clean up after each project. I do have designated spaces for my rulers, cutters and scissors. My fabric needs a major organizational overhaul.

  225. Tammy, this was a really inspired article! I have plastic organizers to keep my beads in (never seem to have enough, though!) and my mom recently gave me a rolling drawer organizer to tuck away my supplies. The next thing I’d like to get is that revolving organizer you mentioned to keep my tools within easy reach, and not scattered to kingdom come. I also use a small fishing tackle box to keep things portable when I’m heading out to BeadFest to take a class or when I’m teaching classes of my own. Thank you so much for sharing.

  226. I have so many beads and organizing them has been a challenge. My seed beads are all tubed, labeled and in racks on my wall for easy visual access. I reuse my Chinese food takeout containers for most most of my other, larger beads, like fire polish and gemstone strands. The containers fit easily on my shelves, and I label them with the kind of beads in each (for example, “crackle beads”, “6mm fire polish”, “gemstone rounds”). So far, it’s worked pretty well for me!

  227. Love the ABC organizing suggestion. I need to reorganize my craft room, so will definitely utilize these tips! The Mobile Storage Center would be an awesome addition to my room! I could use it as a workstation for current projects, so I could bring it to the living room when I want to craft and hang out with my husband!

  228. I keep all my gemstones in labelled, flattish, compartmentalized, clear plastic boxes. These are easy to lift when needed and stack nicely one on top of the other.

  229. I wish I had a craft room but I have a craft corner. I had to narrow down my activities because not enough room. but some of these organizers would help with whats left. I do use Plano boxes for my beads, now I need a good way to store them.

  230. The organizing ABCs certainly make sense & I strive to maintain that rule! In my bead room I have room for 2 to 3 four foot tables which allows me to have several
    projects going at the same time. I even use two chairs so that I can easily move to another project at another table. I use a rolling cart for seed beads–a different drawer for the various colors with my unused tools in the top drawer.

  231. I’ve been using tackle boxes for years to store tools and supplies for various projects. I have one tackle box for all my PMC supplies and another for beading supplies. In addition, I bought several “project boxes” at an office supply store and lined each one with an inexpensive beading mat. Into each box, I place all the beads, findings, stringing materials, etc. I’ll need for a particular jewelry item, so I won’t have to hunt around for materials later. The project with the highest priority is at the top of the stack, and each box is labeled so I know what project it contains. And if I need to take a project with me, the box fits easily into a tote, with no spillage!

  232. I purchased the Go Organize “9-Cube Organizer” (35.75 in W x 11.75 in D x 35.75 in H) and use it to store and stack my100 or so clear plastic containers which have 12 clear jars in each of them. So many beads, but the perfect way to keep them visible and handy. It works so well, I’m purchasing another one today – on sale with $10.00 off, and free shipping!! The shelving is very sturdy, no wobbling, shelves don’t sag, and very accessible. I’m considering the Revolving Organizer. It looks like it would work well to hold the many little hand tools I repeatedly use. Probably need 2 of them. Think I’ll purchase one today (also $10.00 off) and hope to win one. Thanks for the great tips and opportunity! Good luck everyone!

  233. I purchased the Go Organize “9-Cube Organizer” (35.75 in W x 11.75 in D x 35.75 in H) and use it to store and stack my100 or so clear plastic containers which have 12 clear jars in each of them. So many beads, but the perfect way to keep them visible and handy. It works so well, I’m purchasing another one today – on sale with $10.00 off, and free shipping!! The shelving is very sturdy, no wobbling, shelves don’t sag, and very accessible. I’m considering the Revolving Organizer. It looks like it would work well to hold the many little hand tools I repeatedly use. Probably need 2 of them. Think I’ll purchase one today (also $10.00 off) and hope to win one. Thanks for the great tips and opportunity! Good luck everyone!

  234. I recently moved to a new studio space so I decided to make a spreadsheet of all my tools, supplies, materials etc. I realized how much I had acquired over the years. It is good to know this for insurance and it helps me plan/prioritize for purchasing additional tools, supplies, etc. I recommend this exercise.
    For hammer storage I bought a wire crate which I turned upside down so the handles fit through the squares and the heads rest on top. The crate sits under my work table close at hand.

  235. Helpful post! I keep my beads organized in stackable container deck kits (they come in a case of five decks of stackable containers) according to type of beads and colours. That way I will have all my organic beads in one case with pearls by shapes or colours in separate decks for instance.

  236. By far my best organizer is using canning jars of various sizes for beads, supplies of any kind, etc. I have also found many little storage drawers in various sizes made of wood with the metal drawers at Michaels this year so they totally fit my design of farmhouse chic going in my crafting area. It is an open loft area so I need it to fit in with the rest of the house. This little craft organizer would fit perfectly so thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  237. I like to use accordion files to organize my wire and sheet. I have one for gold and one for silver and another one for argentium. I add a Manila file folder to each file to keep smaller things from slipping out of the bottom of the pockets. It also helps to protect the accordion file from getting torn.

  238. My Mother just ordered the Mobil craft table its on wheels and the table extension folds in so it will tuck into her closet easily along with the mobil 5 drawer craft organizer. I will have to put it together for her so If I like it I will order some items from GoOrganize.com for myself. I save all prescription bottles from myself and family members to use for bead storage. I also have everybody I know with babies save me their baby food jars which I nail the lids to a wood shelf hanging on the wall so once I put beads in the jar I screw it onto the lid and it is secur and I can see what’s in it. I also save all glass jars for misc. bead and jewelry items. I stack these jars on shelves so I can see what’s in them.

  239. I love the look of the mobile storage center. Sometimes I would like to be able to move my project space around. Great ideas for storage. I have a collection of stackable bins for separating my various components. The file type storage is a great idea, and I hope to be able to add the products to my studio very soon!

  240. After following your ABC’s of organizing, it makes sense it reminds you of always keeping your place in shape, and I go to the area I need to be working on that day and not waste time on trying to figure out how to start my day. I am always organizing and cleaning my studio, and making new jewelry projects.
    The Mobile Craft Center will be the perfect add on to my studio, it will be the A/A spot
    Thanks for all your great ideas, I always put them to good use around our home.
    Angela. North Miami Beach, FL

  241. After following your ABC’s of organizing, it makes sense it reminds you of always keeping your place in shape, and I go to the area I need to be working on that day and not waste time on trying to figure out how to start my day. I am always organizing and cleaning my studio, and making new jewelry projects.
    The Mobile Craft Center will be the perfect add on to my studio, it will be the A/A spot
    Thanks for all your great ideas, I always put them to good use around our home.
    Angela. North Miami Beach, FL

  242. After following your ABC’s of organizing, it makes sense it reminds you of always keeping your place in shape, and I go to the area I need to be working on that day and not waste time on trying to figure out how to start my day. I am always organizing and cleaning my studio, and making new jewelry projects.
    The Mobile Craft Center will be the perfect add on to my studio, it will be the A/A spot
    Thanks for all your great ideas, I always put them to good use around our home.
    Angela. North Miami Beach, FL

  243. Rolling suitcase for my watercolor supplies, and old clothing armoire and chest of drawers from Goodwill for random papers and supplies, and old vintage suitcases…my beads and jewelry making supplies are still beyond my organizational skills…

  244. Rolling suitcase for my watercolor supplies, and old clothing armoire and chest of drawers from Goodwill for random papers and supplies, and old vintage suitcases…my beads and jewelry making supplies are still beyond my organizational skills…

  245. Rolling suitcase for my watercolor supplies, and old clothing armoire and chest of drawers from Goodwill for random papers and supplies, and old vintage suitcases…my beads and jewelry making supplies are still beyond my organizational skills…

  246. A rolling suitcase for watercolor supplies, old armoire and chest from goodwill for random supplies and papers, old vintage suitcases. My beads and jewelry making supplies still excape my limited realm of organizational skills…

  247. What was that? Organizing my space? What space? I have a couple plastic bags tucked into the corner by my chair that hold beads and other related supplies. the tools are in a little paper bag on top. I can never find anything without digging for way too long. I don’t need a cabinet, I need a whole room! Thanks for the tips and suggestions everyone. Oh, and for the chance to win goodies.

  248. I have down sized to living in a RV full time. So you can imagine just what a small space I have. Also, I have a dog and a parrot. So my kitchen table holds my laptop and the seat keeps my plastic drawers stacked on each other. I took the wheels off. I don’t take the RV out for drives at least I am stationary.
    It is so hard not to have a nice space. It is working but very hard. Are there other RVers out there?

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