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Organizing – With What You Have

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the money to purchase a large organization cabinet with all the bells and whistles or to redo every container to match. Would I like to, yes, but I’m being real here. Getting your art studio or creative space organized with what you have or inexpensive options can boost creativity and productivity.

I think if I had the choice and won the lottery tomorrow, I just might purchase a bit of a better system but I’d keep it eclectic and where I could see it. I do like my system now, it’s just it could always use improvement.

But one of the things I’m a proponent of is using what you have or using cheap. I love using vintage finds or things that look vintage, to keep my art area organized. Love this! But IKEA too is an awesome inexpensive way to help with organization. For my Tim Holtz inks and such, his boxes and storage options are fairly cost effective and of course fit the items perfectly.

So with that being said, I thought I”d share some pockets of my art area that I love and that are fairly organized as well as some things I found at Daiso.

Some other ideas that I find helpful in organizing include;

  • Keep items and tools you use often close by in a practical container (little lazy susan, etc.)
  • Reuse plastic sleeves to store crafting embellishments or crafting items
  • I know we all feel we’ve purchased too many crafting supplies, but we will use them more if we have an inventory. You can take the time to conduct an inventory and store it in Excel, Air Table or on one of many apps. Did you know that Tim Holtz even has an app which you can keep track of what items you have in your stash? I also use Air Table.
  • Keep your eye out. Great places to find containers that are useful and cute include flea markets, craft store decor sections, Home Goods, and Daiso, Ikea. Just keep those eyes open for great and helpful finds. Here’s one find I love . . . designed for housekeeping, I use for my planner goods. More HERE.
  • A great on-line cost-effective local resource I’ve found some amazing vintage finds is The Darrling Garage. More HERE.
  • Boxes that you can paint and cover work great too

What’s a great find you’ve discovered lately?

Warmest creative wishes,

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide