Showing posts with label Organising my home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Organising my home. Show all posts

Friday

How to Organize Craft Punches



Over the years I have collected a lot of Craft materials 
but not used all that I gathered together into my Craft Armoire.

One of the reasons for this was that I had not organised my supplies in the best way to make sure I would regularly use them.


I had found many storage items large and small for storing my crafts but now I was determined to get more organised.


Today I'm going to tell you about how I organised my 

PUNCHES






BEFORE


Originally I had my punches in square matching cardboard boxes of 
3 different sizes 

grouping 
the larger border type punches together in the largest box on the right
 
and 
the small & medium sized ones together in the small box on the left.






Then a mix of small & medium sized ones 
together with the large ones that were leftover from the large box 
in the medium box below







Yes you can clearly see it was not a good arrangement for storage
  1. Sizes were mixed together
  2. Types were mixed together
  3. Subjects were mixed together
  4. Boxes had to be opened to even try to remember what punches I had
  5. Punches on top of punches meant ones had to be lifted out to see the others.






I also tried using clear plastic boxes to store them thinking I could maybe have the same types or same subjects together and see through the sides.


This was the result:







I only got two boxes used when I realised I was going to need 4 of them if I wanted to keep them well sorted and 4 of these boxes would take up much more space.

If I didn't want to use 4 then it would always mean that some punches were on top of others and I would forget what I had and every time I was thinking of using a punch I would still need to go through all the punches which meant I would still be moving and opening boxes and to be honest I'm too lazy for that.

So I was back where I had started!!! 



Then I saw an interesting item one day online in Ikea's Kvissle Series

It's called the Letter Tray






With this item 
  1. I would not have to lift one box off another and open boxes and then sift through punches lying on top of each other
  2. I would be able to see all the punches in one section without even touching any of them.

So I got all my punches out again 






and started sorting them into subjects & types like borders,  designs, 



ANIMALS



PLANTS




So off to Ikea and I bought the Kvissle Letter Tray


I knew beforehand that I would have a choice of places to keep the tray unit as it could fit unto a couple of different shelves in my Craft Armoire (Ikea give you all the dimensions) 

and I knew it would be so much better than my previous system for my punches and I was right.



Corner & small border punches




Animals & Plants




Shapes




Large Borders





AFTER



It is now

       easy to open, 
 
              easy to see the punches,  

                     easy to lift them out 








and then maybe the most important fact of all 

it is
 
       so easy to return the punch to it's position - yes!
 


I will  NOW put each punch away as soon as I use it 

because 
it is just a matter of pulling out the right tray and placing it where it came from.








Doesn't it look so neat here in my Craft Armoire





even now when I got a few extra punches and put them in the wicker basket in front but that is easy to lift out and then I can pull out the trays.



NOTE to SELF
Please try not to be tempted to buy more punches








Baskets, Boxes & Bags - Organising My Home



There is so much to organize in any home
and
I'm sure you are like me
which means


we would rather have something that
looks nice
to help keep us organised.


SO


There is nothing better
for
Great Storage Solutions

than the 3 B's



BASKETS, BOXES & BAGS






When I was working on the Dressing Room and Storage Closet Overhaul & Inventory I had done a bit of a mixture and it was all centred really around those
Baskets, Boxes and Bags that I love.


Some of you who laughed at these labelled baskets







in my Hall cloakroom will have fun today again
(just a little hint of what is to come)




STORAGE CLOSET


Previously I had done a very quick tidy up in the Storage Closet because I had to get the floor cleared so that the walk-in closet could be a proper walk-in closet!

Now that meant that the closet did not look too bad on a cursory glance but the storage shelves and containers definitely needed more attention.

It is difficult to get pictures taken because of the smallness of the closet and only artificial lighting but I hope these are not too bad.



Left Hand side First set of Shelves







Doesn't look too bad here but top and bottom can't be seen here as it is too close to get a full length picture and they needed more work done on them, and some of the scarves had got mixed up so they got sorted neatly.


And then I got out my heart labels and strings.






I got these tags on Ebay and loved them so much I sent for more.

Because of being tied with string you can tie them tight or loose and let the tag hang just the right length to suit whatever basket you are using.



The top shelf had a smaller blue box than the two you can see in the BEFORE picture but there was room beside it to move the middle sized blue one up beside it leaving room for the third dark wicker basket which had been elsewhere in the closet so my sets of baskets are all together here now.



Right Hand side First set of Shelves








The top shelf here was not being used properly at all but because it is rather high up for me I couldn't use it for baskets or anything heavy that I might want on a regular basis so after looking around at the rest of the closet I decided that moving my Puzzle magazines up there would be better than having them take up a shelf under my shoes and would free up more space for my shoes, so up went the puzzle books.







I fixed up the handbag shelves as they get very untidy as I pull out and push in handbags all the time.
Then I change d the use of the three matching baskets here to take my sun caps, Fred's caps and my belts and of course labelled them too.









Okay there were definitely baskets here and yes a set of blue boxes but what about the bags?


The handbags?

No!


we need to go downstairs for
the bags
and
more boxes.



STUDY


In my Study the piece of furniture that was tackled now was the white console unit which is from the Hemnes range in Ikea.

I particularly love this range in white although I like it in the other colours too.

So this is what it looked like to start with.









What I needed was something to sit in the sections that would look like a good fit for them instead of all the different things I had stuck in them in the mean time.


The expanding files you can see in one of the bottom sections have now gone into the craft armoire in another Organising post and some other things have been housed in the armoire too but I have still to find a home for a few things since I have rearranged with my new
(wait for it)



BOXES


with chalkboard panels

that I shared in my Storage Bargains









I just love them


and my other


A4 sized Butterfly and Silver Boxes







so now with the large chalkboard boxes in the bottom sections

and the Butterfly and Silver Boxes in the top sections

and the top cleared up

my console unit looks like this







Then I must show you the lovely stationary box I have which I keep letters in and paper to write letters (unfortunately not many letters are written these days) 






Well now you are thinking


"she still hasn't done the bags!"


I love bags because they are very useful for storage and of course for carrying items to and from places that I go regularly.


I have my Ark bags that I mentioned in other posts and they are used for taking Sunday School materials to Church on Sundays or if I do a School Assembly.






But then below there is (clockwise from top left):


  • my other Ark bag which is wider and this is the one that goes to the Kids After School Bible Club each Monday Afternoon to carry my Bible, songs, small games items and other miscellaneous items that I may need.
  • my Craft bag
  • my two bags for storing large songs and quizes
  • and my Ladybird Tesco's Bag which I use to keep my wool.





and loads too many other bags to mention


because


many times a bag


is better for storage than a box or a basket.



So even though I was sorting out and tidying up I was working with


"Things I love"


my


Baskets
Boxes
&
Bags


and dare I admit it


I still have more


Baskets, Boxes and Bags to use elsewhere!







Organising a Gift Wrapping Cart / Station


I like having a selection of wrapping paper and bags in our house ready for when I have to organize a gift for someone or my daughter or son need to wrap items when they are staying with us .

However for quite some time I've been complaining that I couldn't find the items I was sure I had already bought and I seemed to be wasting a lot of time searching around trying to remember where I had put them.

So when I saw a wooden kitchen cart for sale on Facebook marketplace and I knew it was a really good price I had the idea of creating a Gift wrapping Cart or Station as our American friends would call it.







I know I am not the only person who buys things in advance.

I know I am not the only person who puts them away somewhere which seems to be logical.

I know I am not the only person who hunts around frantically looking for the items I bought and put away in a logical place but now I can't find them.

Obviously I am not as organised as I would like to be or need to be.


So I really needed to organise my wrapping paper and gift bags

I had made a first attempt at getting everything together some months before I saw the kitchen cart advertised but it was not a great success.

The bags had been gathered up and put into this plastic 3 drawer container and it did hold many bags that were not too big







BUT

there were a few reasons why this was not a success

1.   There was a piece broken off at the bottom corner of one of the drawers and was quite rough so I had to remember not to grab the drawer at the corner.






2.   It was reasonably fine for holding bags which were not not large - I still need somewhere to put the really large bags I had.   (you know the bargains we buy when we see them)


3.   I do like to use gift bags as much as I can but the younger kids within the family tend to prefer paper wrapping on their presents so that they can tear it off as quickly and roughly as possible and the only way to keep paper in this set of drawers would be to have sheets folded up and although I do have sheets like this I do hate folds in the paper on presents.

    So Mostly I buy rolls of paper and they would just be too long to fit in the drawers so they were still in a green bag I had bought some years ago however each time I took out a roll even though I would put it back into the bag (eventually) I would often leave the bag down somewhere and then forget exactly where I had left it the next time I needed it.








4.   I also have tissue paper to use in the gift bags and it is always folded so it will in the drawers okay but when I hunt through a drawer for a suitable bag or paper or tissue I found that the tissue paper got rather messed about.





5.   Then I needed to keep gift tags somewhere plus sellotape and string and ribbon and bows and scissors.


6.    The main reason that I disliked my choice of the plastic drawers was not the actual drawers but the difficulty in moving the set of drawers as they were not on castors and the fact that castors could not be attached because of the style of the bottom of them and also that it was too low to do wrap anything on top of it.


So a sturdy wooden cart on castors with shelves 






and a rail







and a drawer

and has a top that could be used for wrapping

was looking great to me.







I am a great lover of baskets for storage and have in the past grabbed up some bargains when I have seen them so I knew I had baskets which could work with this cart.


I had 3 sets of these 3 baskets which were in 3 sizes.







I also had a lovely box which had come with Gin Sing as a gift from our in-laws in South Korea and it could be put to use with the cart too.







So how would I go about using the box & baskets?


Would I put a basket on each of the 3 shelves?







Would I put 2 baskets and the box on the shelves?







It would really depend on what was in the baskets and how they would fit into the shelves once they had the contents filling them.


So what I had would have to be sorted into types and sizes starting with the gift bags.


A lot of my gift bags were of the same size and I started to place them in the largest of my baskets






but there were many others as well






so they had to be grouped into 2 lots to be put in the other two smaller baskets.



Then the papers





and the tissue papers






Because of the more flimsy nature of the paper and especially the tissue paper I decided they should probably be all in the Box and I knew they would all fit well in there.





The box was able to sit on the top of the cart or it could go on the top shelf so a choice had to be made about that.

But before that I had that other paper to cope with - the rolls of paper but I knew exactly how I was going to store them and yes it was on the cart okay.

In fact those rolls were one of the reasons I was really drawn to using that cart because I knew they could sit upright resting on on of the shelves and held on by the side rail or handle.







So that after they were put on the cart I had to decide about the final placing of the box and the baskets.

Would it be box on top with baskets on the shelves




except that the top shelf would not hold the basket due to height so I had to take the gift bags out and lay them flat on the shelf.


Or

Would it be box on the top shelf with largest basket on the top and other two baskets on the bottom 2 shelves?






However 2 things were left to finish off

1.  How would the drawer be used?

2.  What about the really large bags I also had that never fit into anything?


Well

The drawer will hold all the gift tags, scissors, sellotape, pens etc. that we also need to have a fully working wrapping cart / station but at the moment I do need to go out and buy some more gift tags or make some as I only have about 2 left.

and as for the very large bags this picture of the finished project will explain about them










Now if anyone has any ideas what I could use the long ties (see pic below) that came around the sets of baskets for I would be grateful for your suggestions just let me know in the comments because I hate to not use something and hate to throw something out when it might be useful later.