Welcome to QuirkyColors!
A blog about creativity, artsy pursuits, crafs and DIY projects and the occasional oddities of life.
Plus, how to keep it all your creativity and materials organized! :)
How do you organize and store your craft supplies?
First of all, let’s talk a bit about organizing. It is nothing more than implementing a system, or set of habits, which makes life easier for you (and usually less messy!)
I think most creative people have a preference for a visual organization system. Basically we need to be able to see the stuff easily. On the other hand, having everything out in the open can be overwhelming.
Organization is different for everyone, because everyone is different… What may work for me, may not work for you. The space you may have available may range from one desk to an entire room. That being said, there are some general ‘guidelines’ or things to think about.
This post is meant to give you some ideas as to how you can organize your items.
So let's dig in... :)
Welcome 2017! A new year a new beginning!
It’s time for those new year resolutions!
While any time in the year is a good day to start, somehow the turn of a year makes us all want to better ourselves in some aspects of our lives. Apparently, about 90% of people fall of their resolution wagon within a few weeks.. Not a positive thought, isn’t it?
I guess we all get overwhelmed with a temporary enthusiasm, only to have it wane in the face of real life. So start small, and build new habits slowly! Want to exercise more after not doing anything for months? Start with a daily 10 minute walk at a convenient time, like after dinner, instead of forcing yourself to go to the gym every day. It’s the small habits that really work.
How do you manage your creative projects?
It’s usually not much of a problem if you only work on 2 to 3 projects, tops, and finish these before starting something new.
But what if inspiration hits yet again, and you just can’t bring yourself to work on gazillions of unfinished masterpieces-in-progress? And when you finally
decide to dig out one of your older crafts – “I haven’t touched this in 3 years!” – you have no real idea what brand or color of wool or paper or … you used in the first place?
Or when your project is so large, that you lose sight of the overview and details; like writing a comic book, where you think up a whole city including habitants. How do you keep track of all that?
Or if you want to make a second copy of a made-before item, and now you can’t remember the exact measurements or the pitfalls you ran into the first
Well, then it might be time for some project management.
Now, that doesn’t sound like that much fun, and certainly not for a hobby that’s supposed to bring you joy, but hear me out. Not knowing or forgetting some important piece of information can be a real source of frustration, too , especially when you’ve finally found some inspiration to work on a certain project. One of the joys of crafting, or any creative endeavor, is to finally end up with a nice finished item.
And keeping track of your projects certainly doesn’t have to be an all-encompassing task of bookkeeping that will take you days on end.
Now, I don’t mean to sound like an expert, since I’ve only recently began keeping track of my own projects, but I'd like to share some of my experiences and tips with you.
If you only have a few simple projects, that you put away for a few days only due to busy life, it may often suffice to just store a simple sheet of paper with
a project with some notes on it, or keep tabs on your projects in a small notebook.
If you are knitting from a guide, for example, you can write on the back where you left off (which you probably already do) and make notes if certain stitches needed to be looser/tighter than what you usually do. Then if you can store the paper with the knitting, you’re all set. (If you use a notebook, store it in a fixed spot).
If you do have a lot of projects, or just large projects, with quite some time in-between, it’s easy to lose random sheets of paper, especially if these
projects end up jingled together in the closet or drawer.
So if you need some serious ‘bookkeeping’ I’d suggest using a notebook or binder.
A binder has the advantage of adding and relocating pages whenever you need to, while a (hardcover) notebook may be sturdier and more portable. In case you intend to use a notebook, I recommend leaving a few pages for an index, bullet journal style, and then just fill the pages as they come. More on keeping a project book here.