Memory Keeping

How I Organize and Craft with Minimal Space

June 19, 2017

For those of us with smaller apartments or homes, trying to organize or find space to craft and store things is difficult. The way I’ve solved this “problem” is to create a portable crafting space which goes wherever I go and is easily stored.

Introducing the IKEA Raskog Cart.  While it does seem as if everyone has some variation of this cart, it’s a great storage option. My cart keeps all of my everyday items, stamps, inks, pens, journaling/filler cards, embellishments, page protectors, trimmer, hole punch, and my project life album. Basically I could wheel this around and scrap anywhere in the house and then store it in any corner. Perfect right?

Each level is separated by purpose; my top basket contains all of my necessities such as scissors, black ink, tape, pens, my photo box and, some flat embellishments. The second basket contains all of my cards and thicker embellishments (wood veneer, chipboard stickers, rubber things). My bottom basket has all of my inks and stamps.

Now that we have the cart down, lets see how I organize my items. Having storage items which create bulk isn’t going to help when you have no space to store things. So I opted to keep everything as flat as possible. A year ago Studio Calico moved over to these plastic zippered bags to hold your kits and they are perfect. You don’t have to order kits from SC to get them either, you can find these items at the Container Store and Daiso (if you happen to live by one these are $1.50 each). I keep smaller ones on the top of my cart, they contain sticker sheets, die cuts, plastic embellishments, basically anything flat fits in these bags.

Initially I had my journaling cards in the plastic zippered bags but overtime it became difficult to pull them out so all of my cards now sit in 4×6 photo containers. These can be purchased at any craft store, I believe I got my from Michaels and are often 40%. You can fit a lot of cards in there and I group everything by designer to make it easier for me but I’ve toyed with the idea of grouping by color or function.

I used to keep all thicker embellishments in multiple small clear boxes but that was no so easy to navigate. I found this awesome washi tape holder from the craft store with small dividers so you can move things around on the inside as necessary. This container fits neatly in the second basket with room to spare.

Keeping my inks and stamps organized posed more of a challenge for me because of the odd shape and sheer number of them I have. For all of my Kelly Purkey inks, I keep those in some Tim Holtz ink boxes and all of my Memento Dew Drops (which are difficult to stack) just get put in a random box I have. TIP: Glossybox subscription boxes are perfect for storing crafting items.

One of my favorite ways to organize is utilizing the wire baskets that you’ve seen on each level. I found these awesome baskets at Walmart for $1.99 and they come in about 5 colors. I snagged the rose gold ones and they fit neatly onto the Raskog cart.

This is how I organize all of my scrappy goodies, its not the nicest looking but it works for my needs at the moment. I’m also one of those people who prefers to work while sitting on the floor so I also use a small Ikea Lack table which sits about 2.5′ off the ground. Luckily that is also super light weight and can be moved as well.

Until next time, take care!

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