I am so very happy with a new book I bought last week: "Organizing Your Craft Space." Although the dairy-to-studio conversion is still in the works I've already started organizing my art, craft, writing, baking, etc supplies ~ with sad results. But then: enter this book!! After flipping through the various chapters and oggling the related pictures I discovered so many fantastic ideas! But after searching out several types of craft organizing boxes and shelves, bins and trays... I about cried! The prices were insane!! Highway robbery!! Seriously, a 24" tall **plastic** 6-drawer "bin" costs nearly forty bucks?? Wow.
Sooooo I returned to the book and scrutinized the details in the photographs on each page and spied so many alternative ideas that I had missed the first few times around. Then, excited to bits, I ran back and forth between the dairy and the house so that I could gather up all manner of unused tubs, popcicle trays, cans, tins... and came up with this for my immediate art area:
I had also found some really useful hanging drawer-things on line that I decided were worth the price. These and all of my filled bins/tins are going to be hung on the wall so that my art tools are nearby but up, out of the way. No clutter! No digging around in endless boxes cluttered with layers of stuff. No more having to dig six boxes out of a shelf to find the one box I *think* might contain what I'm looking for (only to find out most of the time oops, wrong box)... and best of all: no more forgetting about what I have and what I don't have!
And here we have the final shelves for the dairy ~ I've been working on this project since June and I hope to be finished by the end of June of this year. However, I might not be fully "moved in" until July. But once that happens YAHOOO! And along the way I have learned so many wonderful organizing tricks that I can then employ in the house. :-)