Sunday, January 6, 2008

I like to rearrange my stuff almost as much as I like to use it!

Like many stampers, I'm trying to get more organized in the new year. I plan to move everything to another room soon, so I'm working on getting things that go together, together, and getting little stuff "containerized" better. Here's what I've been working on today. The main goal was to get my punches out of the giant box that they've been piled into for the past few months. I've had the extra CD rack ready and waiting in the garage for just the right moment.

First is the hearth area. We don't ever use the fireplace (why in the world do I need a fireplace in Texas?) so I've got storage shelves up there. This is the before:


And this is the after. I've moved a second small bookshelf into the middle, containing the stamp sets that have not yet been unmounted, plus my ink. I was afraid that the ink wouldn't fit under the mantel, but it was no problem.


Now here's the corner with the tall bookcase. This is holding my ribbon and an embarrassing amount of "alterables" stash. The small bookshelf with my ink WAS here before I moved it, as you can see.


And now, the picture that I was waiting for! Moving the small bookcase made room for the CD rack to hold my punches!


Here's a closeup of the punch rack. Don't you just LOVE it? I think I'm ready for the next 10 catalogs or so if Stampin' Up! keeps on the current pace of two or three new punches per catalog. This picture only shows six of nine "shelves" in the rack. Plenty of room to grow!

24 comments:

Jewels said...

Oh I love your punch rack. Was that custom made or something you bought? I would love to have something to better organize mine.

Denise ~ said...

Isn't it nice to get organized! I did a bit of that myself too this past weekend. I love your space! Your CD rack for your punches is a great idea too. Now you can just grab what you want and go! Thanks for sharing your ideas. :)

Andrea, said...

Good luck with the organising, your craft area looks fab and all the goodies you have.

Katie Skiff said...

I did the same thing this last week. Looks great!!

April Hall said...

WOW looks like you have been busy! I love how it's coming out!

Mrs. Moody said...

It's funny how we spend so much time on organizing our "little" addictions right?

Ema said...

Oh it reads like we are two peas in a pod! I love organizing and reorganizing my stuff too! :)

Glitter Monkey said...

Absolutely fabulous! I've been re-organising too - must be something in the air. That punch rack is inspired! Lol x

Vicki (SCS basement stamper) said...

WOW! I really like your punch rack!! I need one of those!! I have mine hanging in a see through shoe holder. Looks like a tough job! I think I'll leave mine alone for now!! hehee!

Heather said...

Great job on getting organized! Love the punch rack. I hadn't thought of that, I keep mine on curtain rods hung on th wall.

Maren said...

Love that rack! Thanks for sharing!!!

Teresa said...

I love that cd rack I see them all the time Great Idea I am always moving my stuff too as much as I use them how funny

Lynn said...

Wow! Looks great! I love the way you store you punches...great idea!

Deborah said...

You are off to a great 08' oraganizing your stamp supplies! Have fun! SBS3 - Deb

Just me said...

Your room looks great. I need to get you to come to my house! The rack is really cool.

Lori Craig said...

Love your storage solutions! It's good to see you blogging!:)

Nan said...

Wow, Chris. What a great idea - I wish I had the space for that in my stamp area. And I have to agree... sometimes I love to organize as much as stamp! Okay...almost as much :).

Stampin' Heather said...

I, too, like to rearrange my stuff. That CD rack is great punch storage.

Elaine said...

Love the punch storage! Your room is lookin' good!

Love the wall color too!

Judy Broswick said...

I would think like myself being into yoga a sense of inner calm is important and therefore clutter is bad ! LOL... I love the simplicity and effectiveness of this storage solution- it works for multi purpose... and you could paint any colour to blend in if needed. A few questions if I may, how do you keep the little ones from falling? Do you have a labelling system or way you can tell which hand held punch is which or do you just remember? Great job!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Love your storage ideas. Great way to store punches. It is a blast to get all organized isn't it? :O)

PawsN2Stamp said...

I went searching for punch storage on Saturday and saw your post.....I had this EXACT CD tower in my garage. It didn't sell during the garage sale...THANKFULLY! Now it is in my stamp room with my punches lined up on it! I love this idea!!!!

Thanks so much!

kj2322 said...

I love your ink storage system. I'm currently using the Stampin' Up ink caddy but not in love with it. What are you using to store your ink pads? It looks like an old cassette tape storage shelf.

Kristy Tyra said...

I love the CD rack! I've never seen anyone use it for a punch rack, but it's a great idea. If I could easily see my punches, I know I would use them more!