|I just dumped my tool tote.|
|New smaller totes . . . one for markers and the other for my basic tools.|
|Extra tools are in the two green totes. My stamps are in the wicker basket.|
|One bin is for foam stamps and the other contains punches.|
I actually downsized my tool tote quite a bit. I guess I just stuff everything in there even if I just use it once a year. In fact, that is the secret to downsizing my readily-available-on-my-desk tote . . . everything that is only used once in a blue moon has been containerized. While it is all still available, it is out of the way until I need it . . . which will be when there is another blue moon. I was actually surprised at how few markers I threw out.
I'm ready for Challenge #5:
Stickers, diecuts, and rub-ons are some of the hardest things to organize because the different sizes and shapes pose many challenges. Rub-ons present their own challenges because if they aren't stored properly, they stick to each other and then they are useless.
SORT: time to be ruthless. Consider if you are really going to use these items. If you bought a whole sheet of die cuts just to use one or two tags, why are you hanging on to the whole sheet? Those stickers you bought in 1999 were adorable then, but definitely not your style now, are they? So, sort into piles: TRASH, SELL, DONATE, TO KEEP
PURGE: Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up, and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile and put them directly into the garage sale box. Make immediate arrangements to rid yourself of the DONATE items.
ASSIGN: The KEEP items need to be divided into categories that make sense to you: by colour, by manufacturer, theme, size, or type.
CONTAINERIZE: Here is an article about storing stickers, diecuts and rub-ons: http://www.simplyorganized.me/2011/12/scrapbook-organization-stickers.html
EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrap session, and whenever you return from a crop or a shopping trip to put your stickers, rub-ons and diecuts where they belong.