Organizing crafting tools

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer | 0 comments

Organizing crafting tools

Where are your crafting tools? Are they spread all over your table because you don’t know how to store them? Organizing crafting tools is easy when using Elizabeth’s Beach Vacation organizing system to store them where you need them.
Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are working in Nikki’s craft room. They are transforming it from a room Nikki dreaded entering to a place where she can relax and enjoy creating.
The tools Nikki uses are scattered everywhere. Some are even on the floor. Nikki has many sharp paper cutting tools so having them on the floor isn’t good for the tools or Nikki’s toes. Elizabeth suggests they gather all the tools together in one place, so they can sort them. They will use Elizabeth’s Beach Vacation organizing system to decide where to store the tools.
The Beach Vacation system rates storage locations just like resort hotels. “Beach Front” locations are very easily accessible, just reach out a hand and get what you need. “One Block from the Beach” storage is a little harder to get at but still close by. “Ocean View” hotels are usually not very convenient to the water and so are those storage spots.
Elizabeth reminds Nikki to begin sorting the tools by frequency of use. The ones Nikki uses most often are called “Every Day.” The ones used less often are put into the group called “Special Occasion.” When they have divided the tools, there is a pile of leftovers. This pile contains the duplicates Nikki bought when she couldn’t find something, the “what a great idea” tools that don’t work as well as advertised, and tools for techniques that Nikki no longer cares to do. Nikki has crafting friends, so she will offer them the unneeded tools. Any she can’t give to her friends she will donate.
Elizabeth congratulates Nikki when she declares the table top to be “Beach Front” or very easily accessible space. Nikki has learned from Elizabeth how to assess her space and store items so the ones she uses most often are right at hand. The bookcase is determined to be “one block from the beach.” The “Special Occasion” tools Nikki doesn’t use as often are stored there.
Nikki has quite a few tools that she called “every day.” These need to be stored on the table, so she can easily reach them and, just as importantly, put them away. Elizabeth suggests that she use a lazy Susan type organizer for the tools. It can be placed on a back corner of the table and spun so Nikki can find the exact item she needs. To hold all of Nikki’s many different pens and colored pencils, they will use another lazy Susan on the other corner of the desk.
Nikki gets busy putting her tools away so she can get started making her Christmas cards.

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