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My biggest problem in the craft room. Storage that fits and looks great is not easy to find

New Year’s resolution, Lists & Order

New year new challenges? I have a couple of challenges for myself, but otherwise I’m hoping for a quiet year.
Last year, I promised more crafts here in the blog, and it actually went really well until September. Then I just came to a stop and this is the first blog post since. The main reason was the lack of time and that the blog has become quite heavy to mange. I translate everything I write in to English, which means that each entry is written twice, and all images must be presented twice. A post takes about twice as long to write with translation then without translation. I also wanted to have more substance in the post than just show card after card after card. My guides is what is read most and therefor I will of course put some time on these. How it will be this year, I don’t know, but it will be a little less pure crafts and much more organizing.

The organization is my challenge to myself. My craft room is still in need of a good cleaning up and sorting. My webshop (only in Swedish) helps, but there is so much more to be sorted out. The rest of my life also requires a little organization, so whoever wants to will get a peek into my sock drawer, in the freezer, and indeed in the medicine cabinet.
I started with some reorganization in the fall, and were then getting information and tips online. I created a board for this on Pinterest, I now release it.
When I sat down and thought about the things that work and do not work for me and in our home, I got together a too long list for it to feel comfortable. One thing was that my desk is always too messy. I want it pretty clean to be able to work (whether it be work work, or crafting work) but the desk is always full of post-its, loose patches, pens, stuff and things.

Messy Desk

The solution to this was to create a folder with a number of different papers for different occasions. I will share the content of this binder here in the blog when I get it finished.

The blog will also be organized, but it will probably be a lot of shuffle in the background.

So, welcome to a year of crafts and organizing hand in hand!

My new storage for all my stamps

I’m still working on finding that optimal storage for crafting material. I have shown a long cavalcade of jumbled images, but now the more orderly images are to come.

First up was my stamp storage. I use the same system as before, but needed new boxes.

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This is how it looked on my shelf with my old boxes with stamps. They filled only half the hole in my EXPEDIT (KALLAX) and became a super duper place to put all sorts of stuff on (and dust). So instead of having my stamps easily available in four boxes (the hole below it looked just as messy) they became virtually completely inaccessible to me. This led in turn to that I didn’t put back the stamps I had  used or put any new stamps where they would be, but let them clutter my desk instead.

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Now all my stamps moved into the same hole in the shelf. I have bought LEKMAN from IKEA, the one with two small drawers. Two of thees units fit on each other, so I got a free hole on the fly.

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In each box, I have room for 40 soft CD pockets. I have mixed rubber stamps and clear stamps. If you only have clear stamps you can fit more pockets in.

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Just to try it out, I bought three of thees drawers. In the third I put a lot of ribbons, and I will certainly add more boxes for those. Each drawer swallows much ribbon, so I got a lot of new space with just one unit. On top I now have a candy box with lace and my storage with card frames.

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Here is the old storage for my ribbons. The hole where the box with dots are. It was messy and I didn’t find anything either.

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I took the opportunity to acquire a large LEKMAN too. It contains all my punches (not border punches and corner punches). The weight can be a small problem, but it works well when it is so close to the floor, but I would not recommend to have heavy stuff in this box, if it is higher.
On the shelf above, I now have lots of flowers that have been forgotten in a drawer in my desk.

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This is how it looked before. Big punches in an ugly cardboard box and small punches in a crowded box on the shelf above. Not tidy and not particularly dust-free either. Moreover Junior wanted to climb into that box every time he could.

When I look at these before and after photos, I see that I have worked a little more than what’s really visible. I have changed boxes to candy boxes in many cases and then got it neater. I must say that candy boxes does not solve everything, but they can be stacked on each other anyway…..

 

 

How I sort my Stamps

I have lots of stamps and from the beginning I stored them in their original packaging. It worked fine when I only had 10-15 stamps, but my collection grew rapidly and I needed a new system.

Stamps that are mounted on wood or other bulky material I have in a drawer, but I avoid that kind of stamps as much as I can.

Stamps in the Cd-pocket - Sort your stamps

Back side in the Cd-pocket - Sort your stamps

In each pocket, on both sides, is a laminated sheet that stamps adheres to. They stay in your pockets without slipping around. On the back is the possibility of attaching images I use for masking. I use one A4 sized page to every pocket. I cut the sheets to 12×12 cm with rounded corners.
Each pocket is numbered in one corner.
I store the pockets in some type of box (the box is changed periodically when I either redo the crafting room or the drawer become worn out.)

Stamps in the binder - Sort your stamps

I use a binder (A5), that’s stands handy on my desk, to stamp a preview of all my stamps.
Even wood mounted are listed here. Each stamp gets a code (EZ, K, C, etc.) and the number of the pocket the stamp is placed in. It makes it easy to find the right stamp fast. I also have the opportunity to record labels, Angel Policy, if the stamps difficult to stamp with or anything else that might be good to remember.

My key

K – Wood (In Swedish we use the word Kloss (Block))
EZ – EZ mount
C – Clear stamp
F – Foam
X – The stamp is sold (I mark it with a X over the ordinary key)

Register for stamps - Sort your stamps

In the binder I have a register in which the stamps are sorted by designs. This is the first register I used, I have since changed it and changed again. As an example the tab Filurer became unnecessary when I sold all I had.