It might be convenient and tempting to toss all your beading tools and supplies into a giant heap in a large box after your project, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. Storing your beading supplies this way guarantees you’ll be wasting time digging for each and every item you need for your next project, or money repurchasing items you cannot find. How can you quickly and easily organize supplies for later use?
First, Organize Supplies Into Piles by Type
Group similar items together, such as:
After you have organized them into piles, seek-out appropriately sized containers for each group of objects. You can find storage options nearly anywhere, from upcycled fishing tackle boxes and food storage containers, to clear bins, jars, and multi-drawered storage boxes at your area retail, consignment, or discount store.
Ensure Items are Visible & Essential Items Conveniently Located
Use clear storage containers, or clearly label items so you can find them in a snap. Keep the items you reach for the most easily accessible and close to your work area. If you can, show them off, making a beautiful and functional space. Label absolutely everything with a label maker, permanent marker, or tape and a pen, from the items you use daily, to those you rarely use.
Get Nit Picky
Organize beads and findings into sub-types so you can find what you need in a flash. Common options for organizing beads include by:
Organize by color, shape, or size in a single, multi-compartment container so you can envision multiple possibilities at a glance.
Pro Tip: If you’re organizing by size, try sifting a large batch of beads through a colander can quickly help you differentiate large and small items.
Storing Swarovski crystal beads separately from gold-filled beads, for example.
Don’t Let Ribbon & Chain Get Away from You
Hang spools nearby on a ribbon organizer or wooden dowel suspended between cup hooks. For smaller items, secure them in small, resealable zipper bags, likewise hanging them on the dowel.
Avoid Leaving Leave Supplies Lying Around
As soon as you’re done with something, put it away. It only takes a few seconds. This practice will help you avoid a cluttered workspace – and an overwhelmed mind. Jewelry makers are visual, and clutter disrupts the creative process.
Create a Scrapbook
Organize your design ideas and inspiration for future projects as well, sorting them into a 3-ring binder for easy reference.
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