Many years ago, one of my most favorite teachers, who also happened to be my art teacher, insisted on nick-naming me a “Pack Rat” because I never threw anything away. I would bring boxes and bags full of little bits and pieces of this and that to use for an art project and it wasn’t long until my cubicle area was full and overflowing with all the junk. Unfortunately, that trait has spilled over into my adult life and I find myself still collecting and saving all kinds of “trash” that I think I might use some day.
Ever find yourself in a similar situation? …where to put everything while holding on to all those treasured tools and materials you use for all your creative endeavors. Since we decided to focus on organization for our January posts, this first installment will show off some of the finds that we have found and now use in our workspace. It took several years to come up with some of these solutions not to mention all the “going out of business” and yard sales we went to. And who doesn’t like to save money when it comes to organizing your life.
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There are so many options that can be used to get organized in any room. This solution for a craft workspace features a large pattern file cabinet, a large wooden workbench, storage cubicles, plastic shoe boxes, and plastic tool boxes and storage solutions with lots of drawers.
We found the pattern file cabinet at a fabric store that was going out of business, and removed some of the metal dividers inside drawers to make larger compartments for storing supplies and tools. Each drawer was labeled so we could easily locate supplies we were looking for. On top is a cardboard paper storage solution that we found at a school sale. This is great for keeping various weights of paper and cardstock separated, and each compartment can be labeled.
Next, we attended a huge college inventory auction sale where the school decided what they no longer needed. All items were so cheap that it was hard not to buy everything in sight so be careful when you go to these types of sales and choose wisely. We located 2- very large and VERY heavy wooden workbenches that had been used in the electronics workshop. Each workbench weighed well over 100 lbs.- probably closer to 200lbs even when disassembled. The units had carpeted tops, powerstrips that went from one end to the other, and shelves above the main work area to store tools and supplies. Each had a center console of locking drawers perfect for supplies or small equipment and tools. Thought I was in heaven when we ended up paying only $30 each for this wonderful finds! Remember however, in many cases, at an auction you are buying one lot of many items. And, if you are the winning bidder, the item is yours- you have to pay for it with cash and you must have some pre-arranged method for taking it with you.
Our great $30 wooden workbench is the perfect work surface for projects, metal smithing, soldering, sanding, or a variety of other tasks. This workbench was easily disassembled to move each part into place.It is perfect for a workspace in an office, a craft room, or out in the garage. The height of top is perfect for stacking large storage bins underneath.
Small parts storage units, sold at hardware or home stores, and of course- the big box stores, and sometimes even at a garage or rummage sale, are perfect for organizing beads, buttons, sewing supplies, art supplies, or whatever you need to have handy when busy working on a project. Don’t forget to label each drawer to make it easier to find something.
- Our great $30 wooden workbench is the perfect work surface for projects, metal smithing, soldering, sanding, or a variety of other tasks. This workbench was easily disassembled to move each part into place.It is perfect for a workspace in an office, a craft room, or out in the garage. The height of top is perfect for stacking large storage bins underneath.
Whatever organizing tasks you have decided to work on this month, we hope you are able to find innovative ways and recycling or repurposing items to help you on this journey. Enjoy the ride and have fun. Be creative and think outside the box- you never know what you might find that will be the perfect solution for your special space.
We would love to hear from you… please leave a comment or ask questions about your organizing needs. We will be glad to help you research a solution!
~ The Pack Rat Diva 🙂