I am not a naturally organized person. I operate on the chaos theory of life. I try really hard to get my stuff together and it will last a few days, but eventually it just goes back to chaos. Scrapping stuff is a biggie! How to keep all the goodies that I buy (even when I don’t need) in some kind of order. Now I’d normally not worry too much about this but….. I get real bent out of shape when I know I have some thingy and can’t find it to use on a project. I am currently looking for a lost packet of HS bling. So if you can find you’ll use it right? But who wants to spend lots of money on all the organizing things out there when you could buy more cardstock and stuff.
SO a couple of things I’ve struggled with storing and my cheap-o solutions.
Buttons– love them, but having them in a jar I never really used them because I’d have to nearly dump out the whole jar to get what I wanted. Enter exhibit a:
a “vintage” red tupperware relish tray. I sorted them into 3 groups and it makes it easier to see what I have and it looks pretty cute on my table. And it was cheap, found it at a thrift store for like a buck!
Ribbon– again, love them and love to acquire more. For a while I had them sorted by color in ziploc baggies and hanging on a big binder ring. This worked pretty good, I could see what I had and it was easy to take to a crop or friends house to use. I still like this system. My problem, I accumulated more ribbons and my bags were getting thrashed and every time I opened up a bag all the ribbons would spring out! Enter exhibit b: cute candy jars from Big Lots.
Okay, these where probably a bit much but, I loved them and their cute painted lids. But I couldn’t choose a color so I picked out a few of each. These were about 3$ each. Not bad right? I saw a similar jar from a scrapbook company that were plastic and selling for 4.50$ each. I bought a few at a time until I had my ribbon complied. And then I thought about altering the lids, but I liked their cute, simple colors. So I thought I’d spell a word on the lids with rub-ons. And it just so happens that I could spell “ribbon” Ha Ha.
Chipboard thingies– you know the letters, buttons, shapes, clocks, and etc. Once you rip open the package, you are left with a pile of thingies to store. For a while I just threw these all in a bin, but that was a huge mess to dig through each time I needed something. Enter exhibit c: yet another “vintage” tupperware relish tray (the big one)
This thing comes with a lid and handle so if you had your things stored flat you could close it and pack it. I never do so it just sits on my table. I love this, and my other relish tray. They are both a great color of red-one of my favorite colors. And the best part they were totally cheap! I think this bigger one was maybe 2$.
The extra bonus is it reminds me of my mom making relish plates for big family get togethers.
So my advice? Take a trip to a thrift store and look in the plastic section. Gotta love those funky “vintage” tupperware colors. And I love using the word vintage in quotes.
Got any cool ideas to share??