One of my problems is that I LOVE containers. I love containers that are alike, so they look neat when displayed. I have purchased multiples of like containers in large quantities just so they are neat in appearance. Some would call this an OCD thing, which, um, whatever. I know that this was passed down from my maternal grandmother, to my mother, to me. Whether it's nature or nurture, we can't really figure that out.
I've bought multiple (Thirty-One brand) "All In One" organizing totes as in these pictures:
|This picture taken before I got my playroom.|
|Only 4 totes are now in use.Oh, er, 5.|
I've bought 12x12 clear containers:
|These are very sturdy and I prefer these over other containers.|
I gave away 3 or 4 of these after I decluttered!
and these 6 containers that were to hold my finished greeting cards:
I have 6 Photo Boxes:
Plus Cropper Hopper folders holding the solid cardstock:
But wait, there's more! My writing instruments are housed in Sparco X-Cubes:
|Yes, there are 2 empty cubes!|
and I found some older style shoe boxes that I bought probably close to 20 years ago when I started my organizing journey:
|The blue ones are very old. The white ones are|
the current shoebox style available to buy.
Inside some of the drawers of the Ikea Alex drawer units, I use plastic baskets. What's wonderful about these opened style baskets is that they keep items from shifting when the drawer opens and closes. I wonder if I placed some of that rubberized shelf liner under the items they'd still shift? Hmmmmmm....something to try later, I suppose.
|This drawer holds acrylic blocks, stamp cleaner,|
and glitter glue.
|Adhesives and some tools are in this top drawer.|
I have some containers that I can stack in the drawers:
|These 2 foam inserts stack on top of each other|
in one drawer.
|Baskets can go on containers |
that hold littler containers!
I've sinced reorganized a couple of those drawers. The clear containers that hold clear round containers is now over in another drawer, stacked with other like containers.
|These 3 stack on top of each other. Sixty containers.|
|These are two different containers with hinged lids.|
They stack in the same drawer as the aforementioned
My ribbon has been through many changes when it comes to how I store them. I had them in drawers, but that wasn't really working well. My loose ribbon, and those materials that weren't on a spool were thrown into a drawer
until I finally organized it:
The spools are now hanging on three of those metal pants hangers.
|One can never have enough ribbon.|
A majority of my things in this room have been gone through so I can toss, give away, or recycle what I don't use, want or need anymore. I still have some paperwork to muddle through, so I can scan, file, or shred it.
I decided this needed to be done--organize the stuff so I know where everything is. I have bought duplicate things in the past because I wasn't sure if I had it or not. I'm in the process of taking inventory of items. There is one item that I haven't been able to find and I'm really hoping I didn't accidentally toss it in the recycling or the trash awhile ago. It's the one and only Close To My Heart Cowboy Sticky Boy I found at the Dallas convention in 2012.
|The Cowboy Sticky Boy I found. He was torn|
when taken off the ceiling of an elevator.
|I managed to glue Sticky Boy all back together|
and made this card, giving him a 5 o'clock shadow.
|I also made this card using some googly eyes.|
Sadly, I cannot find my Sticky Boy. THIS is the reason I have been going through all my containers. This ONE stamp has driven me a little crazy because he's playing a great game of Hide and Seek. I think he should just reveal himself so I can finally find him. You can read about Sticky Boy on the CTMH blog.