Part of my New Year’s ritual is to purge my home of unwanted and unnecessary goods. I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions, but this annual pre-spring cleaning ceremony comes pretty close to the formal promises people make at the beginning of a new year.
I take one room or fraction of a room at a time. The process takes a few weeks, but by the time I am done my home is much more organized. Currently, I am working on overhauling my scrapbooking space. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to organize your space. After all, you are the one who has to live and work in it, so it’s up to you to make it as effective as possible.
Still, I have a few general tips to help you find your materials faster once the overhaul is complete:
The first step I take is to remove all my scrapbooking storage bins and do inventory. By having a running tally of what I have and what I don’t have I don’t waste time and money rushing out to the store to purchase duplicate items. I would suggest that you spend an afternoon or evening going through your stash to see exactly what you have and what you have too much of. The latter can be donated or swapped with friends.
While you are at it, take a moment to look through your house for storage containers. Instead of spending a ton of money purchasing new storage bins to organize your scrapbooking space, scour your home for boxes, baskets, plastic containers, jars, even an old spice rack can be repurposed to store small scrapbook embellishments. I use my old college mugs to hold paintbrushes, pens and erasers. I also use leftover boxes from holiday gifts to store cardstock and paper.
If you are a fan of open storage, then look for peg boards and bulletin boards to keep all of your supplies visible. Personally, I prefer closed storage because I have a little one who enjoys rifling through my scrapbook supplies when mommy isn’t looking. The best closed storage solutions are decorative boxes, file cabinets, and closets. Closed storage is also preferred by scrappers like me who don’t have an entire room dedicated to their hobby. When you are using the corner of a room, it’s a good idea to keep your supplies in storage that can be closed and pushed out of the way.