Most people who know me can easily see how creative I am. The hobbies I am involved in are numerous and mercurial. Writing, jewelry, scrapbooking, and sewing are just a few. So, how does a creative/artistic personality keep things organized? You've come to the right place. Below are my four tips for being an organized crafter, whether it's with words or paper.
1.) Find your Organizational Personality.
Each person has their own way of looking at things. Me personally, I'm a stacker. I'm a very visual person so if I can't see it, it doesn't exist in my mind.
2.) Claim the Space.
What do I mean? It's simple, really. You've got to make the room something you'll want to spend time in. For instance, my office. When I moved in my father had painted it a dark blue, (which was great for him, but I hated the color) so I repainted it light green. I love the color now!
Simple, right? Not always. Usually we hold on to things for three reasons. The "Sentimental" person holds on to things because of the memories. The "Maybe" personality holds on because they might be able to use it in the future. The "For Someone Else" personality holds on because they want to pass it down to kids/grandkids or friends. A good rule to consider when purging, if it's been sitting untouched for six months you don't need it.
Yes, you can organize your room for cheap. Luckily here in Oregon we have a dollar store in almost every city. The dollar stores are your friends. So is goodwill and family and friends. Once you know how you see things, you can create the storage solutions you need. I tend to use smaller containers with lids for things I don't need everyday, for instances my inks and stamps. For my paper and scrapbook pages I use office stackable paper holders. When I first moved in I had a bunch of mix match storage devices that didn't work. Once I realized that I need more consistent storage shelves I put together a wooden shelving set my mom had way before I was born, (and had dragged to every place we'd moved to) and set them up.
What are some things you do to stay organized?