#1 Avoid stashing stuff where you can't see it.
Our goal is to know what we have so we can use it, right?I got a little more ruthless about what I was going to use and what needed to get tossed or donated. Cindy, my organizer, was kind enough to drop off my donations on her way home. That way, they were gone for good. It's nice to have a built-in way to keep me from changing my mind. I am sure I will have more purging to do before I feel like I am done.
#2 Organize by task.
Pattern making, cutting, sewing, ironing, shipping, writing, photography, I have a lot to keep straight everyday. I was a little mixed up and random before, but I am starting to see the wisdom of this directive. I will show you photos in the final reveal. My studio has zones now which really work.
#3 Use the shallowest container possible.
I think the photo illustrates it well. Cute Jar vs. Drawers - Which container makes more sense for ease of use? I love having the single layer drawers of thread within reach as I am sewing. No more digging around for the right color. My zippers are separated and labeled now too. No more digging through one large bin to find the right color zipper and the pulls that go with it. Now I just pull out the one box I need. So simple. The drawers are from target. This one looks great too. The mini photo boxes for zippers are from Michael's. I bought them all.
#4 Keep frequently used items handy but contained.
That means scissors are not left (and lost) on the table tops. I found this silverware organizer at Ross for $5.99. Now my cutting implements are easy to locate and grab, and blade refills are in one of the pockets too. (Notice how this is organized by task?)
#5 Keep working surfaces clear.
That is the goal. Yearly, I work myself into a standstill by having too many projects going at once, all taking up space on my tables. We have planned a place for all of those projects now, and I can't wait to show you.
What is working for you in your creative space? Checkout my pinterest board for more organization ideas.