Spring is here, and that means it’s time to clean up! Take advantage of the brighter days and start your spring cleaning with some workspace organization. Having your work area decluttered and organized will help increase your creativity.
Tips for Workspace Organization
Declutter Your Work Surface
Clear off your workspace and sort your work. A “now” and “later” basket is one way to separate things. I recently started using this awesome rolling cart to help keep my craft desk decluttered and help me stay organized.
I use the top shelf to hold supplies for future projects. As I plan and acquire materials for a craft I place them in that bin, so I can quickly find everything when I am ready. The middle bin is for works in progress. I often have at least two projects going at a time, so one project can wait there while I finish the other one. Otherwise, I use this space to store unfinished pieces at the end of the day when I clear my desk off each night (more on that later!) The bottom shelf is for finished pieces that I either need to photograph, mail, or deliver.
A tiered cart like this would also be perfect for setting up your packaging center. Use the different shelves to store your mailing supplies, as well as sort what needs to be mailed out.
Keep What You Use Close
Go through the items that are on your desktop or your work surface and pick out the items you use most. The things that you use all the time (in my case scissors, rulers, and various adhesives) should be stored on or very close to your work station. Make sure they are within arm’s reach so that you can easily access them without getting up and stopping whatever you are doing. I have something very similar to this wood tray on my work desk that has really helped to increase my workspace organization. It holds my most used items and if I ever need to work in another room I can just lift the whole thing by the handle and carry everything with me easily.
Put Cleaning on Your Agenda
Just as a parent makes their child clean up their toys before going to bed at night, make it a priority to clean up your workspace before wrapping up for the day. One of my tips for running a business from home was to set a schedule. Jot your daily schedule down in your personal planner and make clean up a part of that routine. Put away anything you are done with, set aside works in progress, and make sure you wipe down your work surface as needed. When you return to work in the morning you will find a tidy work area that is inviting and encourages you to get right to creating.
Organize Supplies by Function
Start going through everything in your workspace and sorting items by function. Scissors should go together in one place, adhesives will be stored together, yarn, fabric, paper, and on and on. When you need your scissors, you’ll know exactly where to find them! Vanessa shared some great tips for organizing craft supplies in this post. I love the way she used an embroidery hoop to keep all of her washi tape rolls together!
Sort Products by Color
Once you have organized your supplies by function you can tackle each group of supplies one at a time. I like to organize my products by color. This makes it easy to find exactly what I’m looking for! Fabric, paint, ribbon, etc., are all sorted by color.
This floss organizer is a great tool to use to separate and sort by color. It comes with 100 bobbins so you can keep things sorted and organized easily. You can see all of Darice’s organizers and storage solutions by clicking here.
Give Yourself Permission to Purge
I get it. It’s hard to let go of craft stuff, especially if you might use it someday. But be brutally honest with yourself: if you haven’t used that fabric or that jewelry pendant in the past few years, you probably are never going to use it. Let it go and make room for some workspace organization! As you periodically go through your stash, set aside anything that will probably never get used and either donate it or sell it. Not only will de-stashing make your room less cluttered, it will create more space for you to work in.
These workspace organization ideas will help you get your work area clutter under control. I always feel so much better after I reorganize my craft space! What are some of your favorite tricks for decluttering your work space?