You can have a perfectly organized studio! Yes, it's true. Now. The idea of perfectly varies from person to person. I, for one, am a bit relaxed about things. Organizing systems are really important because even if you have papers and supplies lying around, the system allows you to put it away. Eventually.
I love these Raskog carts. Mine are from Ikea and I understand that Michael's and Target now carry them. One of my carts is set up to hold projects I'm currently working on. That saves desk space (sort of, as you'll see in the video). The other cart I use to trolley supplies from my studio to the classroom.
This Artbin (linked below) lost it's lid in a tussle with a bell cart at a hotel. I used it when I was teaching and traveling. Now it holds trimmed card stock, die cuts, envelopes and stickers. I don't like lids on things. I never put them back on. I put the lid underneath the container.
Try this system for your gelli prints, found papers, stamped tissue, etc. It's been working well for me. Although it does need a tidy. And that's another thing. How tidy does it need to be? I do like the element of surprise that sometimes takes me down an unexpected path.
On top of paper file drawers, my large paper cutter lives. Behind that are magazine holders and cropper hoppers that house scrapbook papers and art papers. When I cut paper, I pull out a small box that holds scraps. Behind that you can see vertical desktop file holders that are stock with pads of paper.
There are loads of supplies in the classroom as well. There are closets built into the eaves. I've hung sheer curtains so peeking is possible but they cut down on the visual noise. In here I have paper in desktop organizers, boxes and tubs. It works.
More tubs on wire bakers racks hold large ziplock bags filled with random papers. I can pull a bag and use it myself or my students help themselves.
I try to keep organized because it really tees me off when I'm in the middle of a project and can't find something. I always clean up before classes so that my students can help themselves easily to whatever they want.
You need to ask yourself: How beautiful your storage needs to be. Many artists and crafters like things in cabinets and drawers to cut down on the distraction. It does look neater. I like to see things so my shelves are open for the most part. Also, I'm not always the neatest person and I'm ok with that. Those are a couple of questions that you should ask yourself before the wrangling session:
1. How neat do I have to be
2. How hidden should my supplies be
I hope that there are some usable ideas in my video today. And PLEASE if you have systems that work for you, share in the comments. Organizing this stuff is very tricky. Enjoy the video and the links below.
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