Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Help, I'm Drowning in Paper!

I don't know if anyone else is like me, but I probably own enough supplies to get me through the next 10 years.  Lately, my new purchases - and some older products that I've pulled out but haven't used - have begun to pile up.  It got to the point that not only could I not use my desk, but my chair was covered too!

Recently, I took the online course Pattern Play through Online Card Classes (I need all the help I can get when it comes to cards!).  I was so impressed and inspired by that course that I immediately signed up for another - Kick Start.  One of the topics covered in Kick Start was getting organized.  Chaos is not good for creativity, and my craft room looked like a small hurricane blew through.  

So, I went through my room.  And I found, that for the most part, I liked how it was organized.  My biggest problem was that I like to have my new purchases in front of me.  However, when they are covering both my desk and my chair, they're not helping me create.  :) 

I own a ridiculous amount of My Mind's Eye products, but none of them were organized, so I started there.  I then moved on to my newer products, plus some oldies-but-goodies.  I made a short video to show the changes I made:

It seems small, but taking the time to walk around my room and really think through how I have things organized was helpful.  I was able to make sure that my storage system really is practical for me - plus, it allowed me to see some items I may have forgotten.  

Reorganizing the My Mind's Eye papers and embellishments took a couple hours, but I think the payoff is worth it.  And I love having my new purchases in sight - but off my desk.  I'm hoping to rotate the items in the Cropper Hopper as I slowly use some of my older products.

I just finished cleaning up my room today.  Simply clearing off my desk left me wanting to scrap a page...and there just happens to be one in progress on my desk.  :)

Has anyone else been spring cleaning recently?  Do you have any tips on what works for you?  I'd love to hear what sparks your creativity!


  1. Sometimes when i feel like i am drowning in paper, I make card kits and place them in very large baggies in a portable file bin that I picked up yard saling. I throw in the DP. Cardstock snippets, ribbon snippet, embellies, flowers etc.

  2. I have been organizing. I just started sorting my embellishments by color and storing them in DVD cases. I'll have to do a blog post because I'm really loving it!!

  3. oh, and Dawn can you posts reviews on both those classes? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

    1. Christi, I will work on that. I'll try to get the reviews posted in the next couple weeks. :)

  4. I have to admit that I am in a constant state of reorganizing and purging. I am still looking for the perfect solutions!


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