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Monday, March 18, 2013

Mission Organization: Tool Bag

Hello again!! Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world :). I bring you my first post in what is going to be a series of posts about organizing my craft room. It is honestly a disaster zone and I have no idea how long this is going to take me. At the same time, I will be moving to a bigger room that I will be outfitting with some nifty storage solutions. Stay tuned for more on the progress of that project ...
So, today's post is about my tool bag. Unfortunately, I got the notion to blog about this AFTER I had already emptied out my whole bag. So, here's my tool bag empty (it has been loved for many years so it looks a little beat up lol). It has a little drawer on the bottom that you can't see from this view.
So this bag doesn't really look all that big but boy does it hold a TON of stuff!! Believe it or not, everything showing in this picture was in this one bag!!
I found stuff that I hadn't used/seen in years so it was kind of like Christmas morning LOL (I know I'm not the only crafter this happens to!). So, the way I tackled this mess was to sort things into three piles ... 1 pile of the things I use frequently, 1 pile of things I use on occasion and finally a pile of the remaining items. The frequently used items went back in the first. I kept things grouped together (all adhesive on the same side, ink pads together, scissors together, etc. I went through the other two piles and pulled out the things that I thought I would really use on a regular basis (at this point, you really have to be honest with yourself and realize that you really don't need it all LOL). Everything that didn't "make the cut" went into a tool bin in my craft room.
This is what the new and improved bag looks like. It's so much easier to find things and it weighs soooo much less!
Now let's see how long I keep this neat and tidy LOL .... Until next time, happy crafting!

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