Today's Lost Coast Studio Saturday continues the organizing theme that I began in this post. Here's some more ideas:
Since space is at a premium, I don't save any magazines. Instead, I tear out the articles I think would be good to hang onto for future reference and then file those articles away in the appropriate binder. I go through these binder periodically to purge stuff that I no longer want and to get fresh inspiration if I'm in a creative rut. Images that I wish to save get stored in one of various morgue files scattered throughout the house. (Remember - the most used stuff gets stored closest to me.)
I love collecting tins and storing supplies in them but as I acquired more and more tins, I found it hard to remember what was in each one. So I used an awl and these metal frames from the scrapbooking department to label each tin. Viola! A pretty way to store things and no more having to take the tin down to find out what is tucked away inside.
I hang my large decorative paper in the hallway leading to the upstairs bathroom. I just stack them and hang by bulldog clips. This allows me to easily rifle htrough my collection to see what I have and the papers get to lie flat.
For the smaller pieces of handmade and decorative paper, I roll them and store in cans hung on the wall. This makes another cool and practical display.
And one last tip...I have a lot of black spiral bound sketchbooks. So that I can see which volume I want at a glance, I hang decorated round tags off the spiral. This might seem like a small detail but it is an amazing time saver.
For a full tour of my upstairs work space, I've added a new set of pictures to my Flickr account. Go here to check them out! Happy organizing!