Someone asked a question last night about how I store envelopes and I realized I should have included some closer-up shots of my storage. (I’m learning.)
So today I’m going to zoom in on a few of the things I showed yesterday, and will then move around the room to some other storage areas for my craft supplies. (Lots of pics today!)
On the bottom shelf of my storage cabinet that holds office/business supplies, I have two of these storage baskets. I have had all of my baskets from Signature Homestyles (originally Homemakers Idea Company) for YEARS and have used them for so many different things. I can’t stress enough how worth it it is to have good quality baskets in a style that you won’t tire of. You can move them all around the house, they’ll withstand the test of time, and they will provide you with years and years of storage solutions. (I recently got some from The Container Store which I’ll share another time.)
Underneath a stack of padded envelopes in the other basket is where I keep packing and garage sale supplies, such as a big bag of rubber bands, packing tape, money box and price stickers (which I don’t use anymore, but will get into garage sale organizing in a couple months).
I use these plastic drawers for photo paper, business stationery (think paper you might use for business letters, resumes or flyers), shipping and mailing labels, and cello bags for Mary Kay.
The other day I had placed my new Thirty-One rectangles in the cupboard but hadn’t filled them yet. Well, I got one filled. This one is for party supplies: Balloons & streamers, fishing line and string for hanging balloons and things, a foam holder for cake balls, and super cute duct tape for wrapping water bottles or whatever purpose I need it for!
The baskets (also from Signature Homestyles), hold things like stamp ink (upside down so they don’t dry out)…
…craft punches (and a random spool of ribbon that didn’t fit elsewhere)…
…my glue gun, glue sticks, little clips to use as mini vice grips, and craft glue…
…and my heat embosser and embossing powders.
I like that my view of the shelf while standing in the room is neat and organized, and I can’t see the mess of contents inside each basket.
The shelves on the other side have Brad’s Budweiser steins and a few craft supplies of mine (a craft block and plates I plan to do something with), as well as these boxes of ribbon.
I got the boxes at Hobby Lobby on sale and think they’re cute, but I have to say it is a pain to add and remove spools. The ribbon likes to unwind on its own so it’s tough to keep them all pulled out in just the same way. (And clearly I gave up on trying.)
Here’s another ribbon storage idea that my bestie did, using plastic baskets from Wal Mart:
I brought a dresser in from the laundry area that was where I was storing extra bed linens. Currently our nightstands don’t fit in the bedroom so we keep them in the laundry room. I was able to move the linens to those, thus freeing up the dresser for additional craft storage. (I realize now that I never took a photo of the entire dresser, but since I plan to repaint it, too, I’ll share that later.)
I moved a basket and embellishment holder from my craft table to the top of the dresser so that there’s more room on the table to sprawl projects out on. The basket holds one of those L-shaped ruler thingys (yes, that IS the technical name), a crimper, and a couple bow-making DVD’s.
I also put the antique tool box that I purchased from a Facebook garage sale site over here. When I bought it I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but knew eventually it would have a great purpose. I recently used it for the quarter auction as a decoration on my display table, labeling it “Tools of the Trade” for my Mary Kay skin care items. (Clever, huh?) Well, I left the tag because I thought it was cute, and it still is fitting for tools of my craft trade!
Little embellishments, like brads, eyelets, small flowers, etc. used to be kept in a storage box intended for embossing thread. That worked great, but when I saw this at a garage sale for our church I thought I’d give it a try. Typically I like all my scrapbook storage to be portable, since I tend to do more scrapbooking at crops away from home, but this isn’t too bad to stick in a crate to take with me, and items are more visible Sometimes the contents would mix in the thread box, so this prevents that problem as well. Eventually I plan to make cute labels for the lids. (Might have to have a whole month devoted to labels and tags!)
The dresser drawers gave me a place to put some items that either didn’t have a home previously or that would constantly become a mess on the cupboard shelves, courtesy of my daughter. The top drawer now stores felt, construction paper, and yarn. I divided the drawer into three compartments with drawer dividers that I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
The middle drawer is a mess of manila envelopes with non-photograph items that need scrapbooked, and large drawing paper for the kids. The bottom drawer is now where I keep my albums in progress.