It is said that there is a place for everything and everything in its pace. That is easier said than done when we are dealing with numerous small items for use in our creative endeavors. However, there are some easy and effective storage solutions for many types of small supplies.
Small art supplies, craft supplies, scrapbooking supplies, sewing supplies, painting, cooking, make-up, woodworking tools and the like can be stored in some unconventional ways. Look around and use your imagination for inventing a new storage system that will work for your particular needs. Storage units do not need to be expensive.
In fact, often times I use a repurposed object or common household item as a storage element in Club Creative Studio. Perhaps you can gain ideas for your storage needs by viewing what types of storage systems I incorporate in my work space.
Repurposed Storage Systems
THE SPICE RACK: Don’t get rid of that old spice rack. Take advantage of using the containers as well as the unit of display. The individual containers have secure lids, adequate space for small items and are see-thru. I took an extra step in painting mine after all, it is something that I look at every day! Sometimes you can find abandoned spice racks in thrift stores. Pay no mind if some of the spice containers are missing, often times they can be replaced with a similar or different container.
EMPTY CONTANERS: Speaking of spices, I have collected small plastic spice containers to use as bead storage as well. I place them on a plastic riser and there is no real need to use a label.
JARS: Glass or plastic jars are great for items in display storage because they can also serve as a decorative element within your work area. Various sizes and mix and match jars can be used with or without lids. Take a look at the largest Mason jar, I have ever come across, it is actually gallon size!
TACKLE BOX or TOTES: A fishing tackle box or tool box are great carry cases for storage. For an outdoor painter, or crafter on-the-go, this type of system is good for having basic material readily on hand.
Fabric carry-all bags, luggage and divided smaller totes usually have strong handles or even wheels that deem this type of storage container easily portable. Metal tins or fabric containers can be spruced up and decorated as well with paints or sewn on elements.
COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Think out-of-the-norm and double-duty when looking at common household items as storage systems. Recycle inventively when you can. Here’s a list to get your transformation started.
- flower pot
- vase, glass containers
- tin can
- frozen juice container
- water bucket/sand bucket
- rolled oats container
- cereal box
- milk jug
- food/canning jars
- shoe box/box with lid
Care to add to our growing list? We welcome your comments!
Thank you for sharing a bit of time with us today. If you missed Part l and Part ll of this segment about storage, feel free to glance back at the blog to see what you can learn or contribute to.