I have seen several ideas for organizing these little beauties lately so I thought I’d share my method. This is version 4.5.2 – I have tried lots of different methods and as my collection grew I had to revisit my storage options. Since I have a relatively small space, a 10’ x 11’ room with limited wall space, baskets have become my BFFs. I like to keep most things out where I can see them, so I can remember that I have them – and you all know exactly what I mean – so pretty baskets are the ticket for me. At times it does get overwhelming, with so much out in plain view. I feel like I should be utilizing more of my schtuff on cards and find it difficult to be content with making simpler designs. I’m working on that :-).
I found these baskets on sale at Hobby Lobby a while back and they are the ideal size for storing Nestabilities and Cuttlebug, Sizzix and QK embossing folders.
My PTI dies are so small I just keep them in the original little zipper bags in the front of the basket. There are some larger QuicKutz dies behind those and then the Nestabilities. That large zig zag die in the back on the left side is a PTI die, too. The larger Nestabilities are in the very back – they are too tall to completely fit into the envelopes and still be able to close them, but that’s ok.
These are the CD envelopes I use. I bought them at Staples or Target and they aren’t very expensive at all. They are a heavy translucent vinyl , several colors to a box, with a little half circle tab to tuck the top flap into for closure.
They are the perfect size. I cut the packaging to fit (more or less) and slip it into the envelope, put the dies in and tuck in the flap. I have thought of putting in dividers for the various kinds of dies (circles, flowers, ovals, etc.) but haven’t found that to be necessary just yet. I started out color coding them – circles in orange, ovals in purple, etc., but that didn’t work out too well either. Too many of one kind of die, not enough of that color envelope.
Cuttlebug folders fit into the baskets very nicely,too. I love the bright colors of the baskets – it adds a little color to my work space. The walls are still white and I am not about to paint them now so I will use containers and accessories to add pops of color here and there.
Does anyone have any suggestions for avoiding the feeling of being overwhelmed by having so much schtuff? NO, purging is not an idea I am very open to at the moment. I did sell quite a bit at the last used stamp sale up at Stamper’s Alley and don’t miss any of it. But, seriously, the right tool for the job, the perfect color of ink/paper/ribbon/brad/flower….aside from going completely Stampin’ Up how else is there is to accomplish that?
I’d love to hear your ideas. Do you think that having cabinets and drawers is a better idea? Is NOT seeing too much stuff out in full view easier? If nearly everything was in cabinets and tucked away I would have to open the doors to look for things, so it’s not like I could forget I have them, right? Or do I just need to get over it??
Help me out here, I’m listening.