A large part of my creative process is making an absolute mess. Sometimes it seems like I have to get out every tool and supply I own just to make a pair of earrings! Today’s trick is one I use to keep my crafty mess under control during projects and to make clean-up easier afterwards.
Having a place for everything, even the trash, helps keep the mess under control and helps you keep track of important supplies and tools! I always keep three containers out on my work table. This first one is for projects I’m planning or currently working on. By separating out supplies for specific projects, I keep from accidentally grabbing the jump rings I need for a commissioned necklace when I’m doing quick repair on something else.
The second container is where I put leftover supplies that need to go back in my stash. Once I’ve used as many head pins as I need or if I decide a certain bead isn’t quite right for a project, those go into the restocking box. This keeps me on track while I’m working, focused instead of constantly digging back into my supply stash. Once every few weeks I unload this box and put everything back where it belongs.
The third container is the most important – the trash basket! I have a separate container for broken beads, loose threads, wires and all the other scraps that jewelry making creates. Not only does this help me keep my work surface tidy, it’s the first place I look for missing beads and supplies.
How do you organize your beading work space?
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen