Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More organizational stuff...

Here's how all the "boxes" fit into the master organization plan for my stash/WIPs.

I need to backtrack a little.   I used to keep a lot more stash, but I wasn't particularly organized and I ended up with boxes and boxes of stuff that I didn't use and frankly, I couldn't remember what I had.   Obviously - that's rather a waste of money to say nothing of frustrating because you can't find anything.

I also have tendency to be a bit of a pack rat, so I have to consciously limit "stuff".   

So I opted to get these drawer sets from Wally World to keep my craft stuff in.   Eventually when I finish unpacking from the move, it will move into the closet in my office.  

I had a huge purge of stuff - hopefully the local Goodwill didn't mind boxes and boxes of cross stitch magazines as well as some kits, etc.  And yes...I threw out quite a bit as well....still a bit sad about that. 

They're great because they don't take up a lot of floor space (tall, narrow) and basically my "rules" are that all my stash has to fit into this.   

The two deep drawers at the bottom contain patterns;  the other  large drawer contains projects that I have kitted up but have not started (it's quite full right now).

One of the narrow drawers houses  my Mirabilia pattern collection.   I'm going to have to get rid of some of the duplicates because it's getting quite full and I'm running out of room to add more.  And why are there duplicates?   Refer to above statement about not knowing what I had because I was very disorganized.

The other narrow drawers include one for fabric, one for basic "supplies" like needles, scissors, and other assorted "necessities" for stitching.   The last one is kind of a junk drawer with some leftover beads, etc.    I am probably going to clean out the junk drawer to use for my Silver Lining patterns.   

Disadvantage:  The drawers are supposed to be on wheels.  Since the whole thing is plastic, the wheels didn't hold up to the weight of all the patterns, etc.  Fortunately, they just came out and got trashed.    For $20...I can't complain.

Not shown:  I do have an under-the-bed style storage box that I keep all my Qsnap and scroll frame parts in because they simply do not fit into any of the drawers.  

There's room for more stuff to be added, but once it gets full, I will have to get rid of some things in order to bring more in.  

You'll notice that my "project boxes" are piled on top of the drawers.  

The boxes are part of a set that Wally World sells, so they are designed to stack on top of each other like this.  

The smaller boxes are individual projects like I showed in the last post.   

One of the larger boxes contains all of the pattern materials for my "in progress" projects because I prefer not to fold them over so they fit in the smaller boxes.   The other larger box has the materials with Wood Warblers I and II.


Deb said...

I think those plastic boxes and drawer units are the best thing since sliced bread actually. I have quite a few of them and would be lost without them. A number of years back they had those cards with four small drawers that floss-a-way bags fit perfectly in. They quit making them which is a shame. I need more floss space.

Sew Wilde said...

Thanks for the great tips! I will have to look for some of those containers.