I love when my design supplies are neat and tidy, "like-things together", my mother advised me when I was a kid. She was delightfully organized and I was artistically messy!!
added another interesting twist to the organizational mix when she insisted that her beads
were organized in "rainbow color order" when she was about 6.
Wow, that's a lot to live up to! I find myself sandwiched between two great organizers attempting to use tips from each of them.
This is one of the two ways I organize my beads.
Finding the right organizational tool is another tip! I like to find the perfect container for the item. It takes time and doesn't happen in a day.
Organizing, like knitting is a process. Right now, I'm enjoying the process.
boxes I really like at the Container Store. I ALWAYS use clear or see through boxes and I like it when they have lids that snap closed (no beading accidents, please!)
I know that I'm visual,
so if I store my stuff in opaque or decorator boxes, it absolutely disappears and I can't find anything. So see-through is for me.
I find that organizing by color also works for me (since I can never remember the "rainbow" color order like my daughter), I usually just organize from lights to darks.
In the case of my buttons, and I have quite a collection, I find that the large antique ones need to be carefully contained, so I chose this box from the Container Store. I can see them all and they are protected from any rubbing or scuffing.
I used to contain my buttons like everybody's grandmother, in cookie tins, but I found that rectangular containers work better when stacking inside cabinets.I use a lot of embroidery floss
(many of my patterns contain floss in the materials list), so the best way for me to keep it wrangled, is by using a clear box that has sections that seem to fit the skeins and a lid the keeps everything in one place.
are quite a challenge if they aren't contained in magazine holders. These are VERY inexpensive from Ikea and I've got a bunch of them for the Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Rowan, Threads, Filatura and every other magazine I can't seem to part with. They line up easily on book shelves or in cabinets.I like to see my Knitting needles
, so I arrange them in attractive bottom heavy "vases". These are kitchen cookie jars, again from Ikea. They go with the decor in my office and I organize them by size. I'm still looking for the PERFECT circular needle organization, but I've got a pretty good one which I'll share next time.
Well that's all for now. I've got to get back to my... organizing!!