Friday, January 8, 2016

Craft Space Get Organized Challenge #2

How did you make out with last week's challenge? Did you find your work table?  Quite a few people sent me photos over Facebook and email.  Thanks so much!  I'm glad you are all enjoying playing along.

Here's this week's challenge:

Week #2 Challenge: Paper . . . and I mean ALL of your paper.

Your challenge this week is to S.P.A.C.E. your paper - - and I mean ALL of your paper: cardstock, patterned paper, specialty papers, and all those SCRAPS!

Step 1
SORT: Bring all of your paper to one area. Sort it all into piles: KEEP, SELL, DONATE, TRASH.

Step 2
PURGE: bag up, and assign a price to paper bundles that you want to SELL at a garage sale or online, and put the bags in the garage sale box. Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up the DONATE pile and immediately make arrangements for drop-off/pick-up or put in your vehicle.

Step 3
ASSIGN: separate your paper into categories that make sense to you. For example, you may want to divide it simply into cardstock and patterned paper. If you have a huge stash of paper, you may want to divide it by colour, theme, or manufacturer.

Another way to sort your paper is in page kits. Package matching patterned papers in a zip lock bag, and add matching cardstocks and embellishments to create kits.

I pack in page kits and store them in bankers boxes right under my work space.

Example of a page kit

Step 4
CONTAINERIZE: store you paper in a way that makes sense to you:
- vertical paper holders
- hanging vertical file folders
- wire cubes
- paper trays
- paper organizers
- bookcases with adjustable shelves
Click here to see lots of different storage ideas.

I store my extra cardstock in vertical holders and my cardstock scraps are stored in a hanging file folder.

Step 5
EQUALIZE: each time you finish a scrap session, return from a crop, or bring home new papers, spend a few minutes putting your paper away where it belongs.  I think this is the most important step.

I'm looking forward to seeing how you decide to store all your paper.  Send me a photo.  Even better, post a link to your photo in the comment section here.

Good luck.

Note:  for the non-scrapbookers in the group, I would think this week is about sorting stationery or whatever paper products you may use for your crafts.