if you recall the bare bones workstation i created in our new house, you’ll notice a simple design, free of junk and unnecessary clutter.
being fond of the simple kind of life in this space, i was looking to add a bit more in the way of organization and color.
enter // phase 2
after spending a significant chunk of time in this space a couple weeks ago (see: reason why), i realized some flaws in my setup.
number one // surface space was lacking
my trays of paper and supplies were taking up so much desk space that after adding the paper cutter, little trash bin and my phone and water, i barely had room for a single page to work on.
so i found a larger box in my garage (from our local big box store), some empty shoe boxes and reorganized how i stored my 4×6, 3×4 and smaller scraps.
instead of making sections myself like i did here, i used some smaller boxes and containers that were being used elsewhere. two of these are the base and lid from one of my first project life kits.
this lid holds my 4×6 inserts perfectly.
the bottom of that box holds two rows of 3×4 inserts which makes looking through them so much easier.
these other boxes i found at target’s dollar spot. they are perfect for the little scraps and small paper embellishments.
number two // smaller accessories were hidden and not easy to get to or took up too much space
another supply that commandeers my work surface is my growing collection of tapes.
so what better place than up where i can see them all! thankfully i still have a little ikea shelf that ended up being perfect for these little rolls of colorful goodness.
you’d think this would mean i can’t buy anymore tapes since they go from end to end, but wait!…..there’s room for a second row behind there! boom!
my acrylic stamp collection is also growing. they needed their own home and were in a few different places before. in one tray and on top of a bigger ikea shelf was perfect.
oh look! what’s that under the shelf?
i spray painted mason jar rings and nailed the lids to the underside of the shelf and now, those little half pints store chip boards, buttons and flowers that would be otherwise shoved in a box and never seen or used. hello functionality!
all pens and tools used to commune in the same desktop tray. but i covered a narrow shoebox lid and can keep all the journaling pens horizontal like a good little scrapper but all the other tools get an upright position in a mason jar.
we can’t forget about ribbon, twine and rick-rack. they get to mingle in a larger mason jar and stored in the big box of papers and scraps. now it’s super easy to see what i have and can use them frequently!
i’m using a magazine holder for tall sheets of alpha stickers and another little box for a couple circle punches, extra glue sticks and tools i don’t use too often.
magic can happen in small spaces, all you need is a few jars and empty boxes.