Hi everyone, and welcome to Out of the Box Organization week at WCS!!
I know a lot has been said about organization. But as I've discovered for myself, my organization needs shift over time, so I'm always evolving my system and ready to learn something new. This week, I hope to help you discover YOUR organizational style and find out of the box tools to store your scrap supplies.
Instead of searching in craft stores and hobby venues specifically for scrapbook storage, how about looking in your local baking shop, or flea market? What about the nearest branch of Staples or Target? This week, I'll show you some great storage options you can find in local, non-scrapbook-related shops, that will make wonderful homes for all of your beloved scrappy stuff!
To get started, I'll tell you a little bit about myself: My name is Keshet, I'm 25, and I live in a two bedroom apartment in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Our second bedroom is a scraproom that moonlights as a guest room (and gets used nearly every weekend), so I have to keep it (relatively) clean and organized.
Now, I'm an "out of sight, out of mind" person in general (Which is why I go through mountains of post-its, but that's besides the point!). Because of that, I don't use drawers or closed containers to store my supplies--they are all stored in open bins or out in the open so I can remember I have them!
Items that add color to the room all on their own, such as paints and mists and ribbon, get stored out in the open, where they serve double duty as supplies and decor.
Small odds and ends that could get lost easily, as well as items that particularly inspire me, live on this vintage cake plate that adds a much-needed dash of pink femininity to the room.
If you'll notice, none of my bins are labeled--I am constantly switching product around as my stash evolves and I have more of things like rub ons and less of items such as raw chipboard, which I was often too lazy to alter and use. My organization allows me to keep track of what I have and remember to use by simply scanning my eyes around the room. It works perfectly for me.
Other than an alphabet file container, none of my storage and organizational items were made for scrapbooking, but they all house my supplies wonderfully. Looking outside traditional scrap storage can help you find the right storage for you--and save you some money in the process!