Get Organized for the New Year

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Happy New Year! Or is it? This is the time of year that we are well into our New Years Resolutions and are already at our breaking point having fun. Plans for an exciting new year of resolutions may have come and gone, but it’s still not too late to keep things from running amok running smooth in your stamp/scrap room.  I am keen to organize my embarrassing mess where no one is allowed to enter untidy room.

Keeping a tidy room frees up precious time that could otherwise be spent stamping and scrapbooking.

This is the year I am going to get things in order.  Are you in?

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Purge. Have you heard of the 10 second rule? I learned it at work years ago. Put something in your hand and within 10 seconds it is tossed or dealt with. You’re not even allowed to put it aside. Toss it or put it away. If you haven’t used it in three years, throw it away. I just got rid of all the designer paper I purchased and haven’t used in the past three years.

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Swap. What you think is outdated and used, may not be.  Why not get together with a girlfriend and see what you can share with each other.

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Put it away
. Period.

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Storage.  Keep items stashed in bins.  See-through bins work best.  I store all my rubber stamps, finished cards, ribbon, etc., in bins.  Having everything in drawers makes things easy.

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More Storage.  Don’t be a stranger to three-ring binders.  Store unmounted foam back rubber stamps, that use mounting cushion, onto special storage sheets. An alternative is to store your unmounted stamps in plastic ATC sheets. My Stamping Bella stamps fit into the ATC sheets so well, and I’m able to keep them all together in one three-ring binder.

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Desk top organizers. Don’t think that you have to buy expensive desk-top organizers, hit the hardware store to buy a nuts and bolts drawer. This unit takes up little space and houses items such a flowers, brads, eyelits, dies, inchies, etc.

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Label.  Purchase a label-maker and label your bins.  This not only helps you to finish things quickly, but also forces you to keep all your “like” items together.  For example, my stamps are stored by company and mounted vs unmounted.  If you have Stampn’ Up! sets, label the box and set them on their sides.

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These tips should get you started.  If you have a tip to share, please let me know. 

Posted on : Jan 16 2011
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4 People have left comments on this post

Jan 16, 2011 - 12:01:31
Myrna said:

Hi Beth
The word for me this year is “change”. Which means, for one thing, I must change how I handle my craft room. So I have started the long process so that I can just jump in and make a card instead of hunting for all the goodies.
I am about 3/4 of the way organized. Hopefully this week will see time for a card.

Jan 16, 2011 - 03:01:48
Juliet A said:

I’m not quite to the point of getting rid of things as viciously as you are, but I did resolve to stop buying new things (with the exception of my hostess club commitment, I can’t quit midway). If I am making something every day, it should eat away at my stash. Perhaps, like my pantry, once my favorite things are gone, I can get creative with the interesting things that are left.

Jan 17, 2011 - 03:01:00
Viv said:

Thanks for these tips O Wise One!!
They all make sense. I’m too wimpish to dump anything I haven’t used after 10 seconds though!! I’d have a heart attack! I HAVE had a big clear-out of papers and card etc, which has made me realise I’m throwing away money,so have curbed my spending somewhat.

I have just organised my ribbons…again! *sigh*. I have found a plastic bag with a good zip on that I’ve punched holes all over with my Crop-a-dile. Threaded through all the ribbon I have that isn’t on a reel and I now have a full bag of ribbon that won’t tangle when pulled through and is easily seen. (It looks quite nifty too). ;0)

Another tip is, instead of buying purpose made storage sheets for UM stamps, I laminate card and punch out holes to attach to a ring binder. Cheap and cheerful!
HugsViv xxx

Jan 17, 2011 - 05:01:49
Maryann said:

Thanks a lot for all the great tips here. I´m saving anyrhing I can find about storing and organizing, so I can see, what´ll fit best, when I hopefully this spring, will get my new and bigger craftroom finished, so I can get it all right and organized the best possible way from the very beginning LOL, so thaks a bunch for these ideas too and also to Viv for her great idea too. Anything that can save money is more than welcome, as I´m sure, I´ll get my money spent anyway then LOL..
have a great day everyone and take care.
Big warm hugs Maryann

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