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Organization 101: Getting Started

Last week we looked at a few top tips for getting organized in the craftroom. But how do you actually get started? Having a plan before you get started can help increase motivation to keep going. It can also make your organization project more manageable. The method we discuss below is just a starting point. Feel free to modify it to meet your needs. 


Set a Date and Time

Setting a date and time is very important because it helps you commit to the project. Remember you don’t have to tackle it all at once! You can plan to work for fifteen minutes in the morning before work or school. You can even plan for an hour if you have a Sunday afternoon free. 


Pick a Focus

Select an area you would like to focus on. Specific areas of focus make tasks seem that much more doable. You don’t have to do everything at once. Choose a single collection of supplies to organize. Then, once you’re finished with that section you can move onto your next area. For example, try to break down your work into smaller tasks such as:


- scrapbook paper

- stickers

- embellishments

- vinyl

- adhesives


Sorting

Start sorting your items by general to specific. Start looking at which items to toss and which items to keep. If you need help deciding which items to keep or toss, see last week's blog post for tips on purging. Next, start sorting by placing items together. For example, you could sort your stamps by brand or by sentiment. Try sorting scrapbook paper by separating solids, occasion, or seasons.  


Designation and Storage

Once you have sorted your supplies, then look at designating a home for the supply. If you love paper crafts such as scrapbooking, cardmaking or book binding, prioritize an easy access location for your papers. If you use a specific type of adhesive for your crafts make sure it is easily available for a smoother workflow. 


Chances are you’ve got plenty of storage solutions sitting around your craft room that can be put to use. Why not recycle and reuse what you already have before running out and buying something new? If a storage solution isn't working don't be afraid to change directions.


It is important to make your space work for you and how you like to create. Just because someone else organizes their space a specific way does not mean that you have to do it too! Organization can help you feel less stressed and help you create freely. Next week, we will be discussing more tips and tricks for organizing your craft room.

January 12, 2022 — Tamra Merrill

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