There’s just something about this time of year that calls for re-organizing. Being cooped up makes me want to move stuff around. Last fall I converted all of my vintage baskets and containers to closed storage boxes. I went with the photo boxes for neat stacking. I chose categories like sewing, chipboard, wired ribbon and ephemera. I like it for larger items but as I work more and more with jewelry, I’m finding it hard to keep track of the little things.
A friend of mine has been collecting little plastic baby food containers for me for a few years. We use them a lot in home school activities for putting together project kits or science experiments. About a month ago I went to town organizing my jewelry stuff. These are my main jewelry supplies like jump rings (in different sizes, of course!), metal flowers, head pins, pearls and different types of beads. The are all stored in a slider drawer under my work space. The kids just so happened to get The Husband a label maker for Christmas and wouldn’t you know, I needed it! As you can tell, I have a long way to go.
This weekend I started sorting my good stuff. I used to have them in photo boxes labelled “3-D” and “good stuff”. Seriously. I have two of these shadow box frames that I picked up at a thrift store. I kept meaning to do something with them but honestly, they are just too big for making anything. I knew I would lose interest before the project was finished. Sorting out the goodies is fun, too. I forget what I have, like three pair of pince-nez. Because you never know when you’ll need a pair! A brass claw foot, resin dragon flies, and metal film canisters. I still have a few things left to sort, but I’m really liking this system. For now at least.