Getting Organized – Part 4 with Laura

It’s time for another installment of our mini-series… Getting Organized!
Laura here today to give you a little tour of my crafty space! I’m not sure I have any great organizational tips for you, but I’ll show you what I do, and maybe you’ll get some new ideas!
Here is a view of my area… I share the space with my husband, half of the room is his home office, and this is my half. My desk is made with the Jetmaxx cubes that Michael’s sells… I’ve had them for years, and they work great for my small space!
(pssst… Wendy… I use the same exact spice rack for storing my embellies!)
I like a neat, tidy work space. Everything has a place, and it goes back to it’s place immediately after each use! I’m a little OCD about it!
I also like for most of my items to be within arms reach, especially the things I use every day.
On the left side of my desk, I have this nifty storage unit. It is made to hold books and magazines, but I found some square pencil cups that fit perfectly in between the dividers… so it became my Copic storage! I have them spread apart so it is easier to grab the colors I need, and since I only have about 275 markers, I have lots of room to grow my collection!
My ink collection is rather small, so it just sits on top of the unit. One of these days I’ll label the sides with the colors…
Also in this unit, I keep my dies. I store them in  QuicKutz Magnetic Storage Binders… these can be a little spendy, but I found a great deal on a used lot!
I don’t have a huge collection of dies, so for the time being I keep them separated by brand. 
Another item in this unit are my swatch books (just 3-ring binders with page protectors). I have one for my Copics, where I keep a Copic swatch sheet, and samples of my favorite color combos, and the other is for my ink and cardstock swatches. I use a lot of Bazzill, so I created a printout in Word, and punched a 1/2″ circle sampler of each color.
I created the same thing for the few brands of inks I collect.
And then we move to the right hand side of my desk…
This tower houses my 6″ paper trimmer, score boards, cutting mats, and all my most used cardstocks… white for Copics, white for card bases, and black, kraft, and ivory. I have a tray for each stack of full sheets, and there is room next to each tray to contain scraps.
And now, onto stamps… my system might not be the best, but it works for me! 
All of my cling mount rubber stamps are kept in CD cases in the drawers in my desk. I also separate these by brand.
And last, I have a special drawer just for my YNS Clear Stamps… there is a removable plastic tray in this one, so I can pull it out and flip through the sets to find what I need. 
That’s all! I hope you enjoyed my little tour, and maybe found some helpful info on storing your crafty goods!


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    Beth F says:

    I love the idea of a cd case for the cling stamps…why haven’t I thought of that? I always lose the original backing anyway and can’t remember where the set came from! Thanks for sharing!

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    I love your crafty space Laura! So neat and tidy and everything is easy to find! TFS!

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    I knew it, i just knew it, are so organized! I envy your organizational have a wonderful working space!

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    wendy says:

    terrific Laura…I see the spice rack too 🙂

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    Mary-Anne V says:

    Wow Laura you are wonderfully neat…thank you for sharing your space with us.

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    Maureen says:

    Love your space and it’s so nice and clean! Great post!

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    Julie E says:

    LOL!!! You and the rest of the DT are just putting me to shame. Thank goodness I shared first and didn’t have to stress over how CLEAN and ORGANIZED everyone is. Feel free to visit, I know your OCD is going to take over and by the time your visit ends my crafty area with be SPOTLESS!!!

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    Lisa Lara says:

    Wow……………looking good Laura.

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    Nice space, Laura! I like how you store your markers. Mine are all lumped together. I’ve gotten some good tips from you and the rest of the DT. I just reorganized my room and plan to post it on my blog soon.

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    D- says:

    I LOVE how your crafting space looks.
    Thanks for sharing the tips.
    Crafty hugs,

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