Written by: Renee Reiter
Hey y’all! I was cleaning up the craft room yesterday….(hiding the clutter really) and thought I would share 5 of the cheap things that have helped me stay organized over the years. Nothing super inventive or anything but I thought I would share. After all is there such a thing as too many organization ideas? I think not!
1. TRADING CARD SLEEVES TO PAPER HOLDER PLEASE
It is utterly embarrassing how much craft paper I own…please someone tell me I am not alone in that. I keep my sheets that are still whole and the books of paper that I buy in an organizer that I got from Michaels but I still needed something to hold all the paper pieces and shapes that I am always cutting. I have found that a binder and the 9 pocket clear trading card holders do amazing!
I found the trading card holders in the game/kids section of Wal-Mart. Look for the baseball cards, trading cards etc. The pieces that don’t fit in the clear sleeves fit great in the pockets on the front and back of the binder.
2. MULTI-USE SCREW ORGANIZER….NAILED IT!
Can you tell I am having fun with these titles? I may have had too much coffee today ha! This “beauty” right here came from the home improvement store and has been super useful!! The contents inside have changed over the years but the drawers are actually bigger than they look and I am really pleased with how many things will fit in them. I mostly use mine for all of the tiny wood pieces I have and more paper..so embarrassing. I haven’t labeled mine because I like seeing in the draws but you could easily label and decorate the draws if you wanted to. I would love to know how you use yours if you have one!
3. THINKING INSIDE THE BOX…THE SHOE BOX
It doesn’t get better than a shoe box!! Chances are you already have one and if you don’t I bet a friend does! I use mine to hold the ceramic tiles that I use to make coaster sets but this is another one that has 101 uses!
You can even decorate them! I found this really cute one over at HomeDit.
4. IKEA OCTOPUS HACK…WHAT??
Yes you read that right! I found this at IKEA in the Laundry section. It was originally intended to hold socks (which is still a great use by the way!) But I use it to hold my color samples for my business Dandelion Decals. It spins really easily and makes it easy to see everything that is hanging PLUS it makes me smile everyday!
5. CONTAIN YOURSELF!
One of my favorite things to use for organization are the clear plastic make up organizers!! The slots that are meant to hold make up brushes work perfect for holding paint brushes and they come in so many different layouts that you can pick one that will work best for what you want to put in it. It has a lip on both sides and can easily be picked up and moved. I put a bunch of things that I usually use together in mine so that when I am ready to craft I just grab my clear tray and head to the crafting table.
The green magazine holder is another IKEA find. They are $1.99 for a 5 pack! I am using one of mine to hold pipe cleaners, one holds paper cutters and punches and I use the others to hold my cooking magazines in the kitchen. What’s extra great about these is you can simply turn them around to hide the clutter.
This next one is another fave since it something most of us already have around the house. Next time you buy a pair of sheets keep that clear zipper bag that you already paid for! They are VERY durable and have a zipper…need I say more. I am currently using mine to hold the knee pads and supplies I use when I do large vinyl installs for customers. I can easily see if what I need is in it and quickly grab it on my way out the door. This is another one of those great things that has a 101 uses.
Lastly, when all is said and done sometimes the best solution is just throw a bunch of like natured objects together in a container and stacking them from largest to smallest..instant organization hehe 🙂 It’s my adult version of…”I did clean my room mom” when secretly everything is in the closet or shoved in a drawer. So I say when in doubt throw it in a container!
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