But before I talk storage - I need to set the stage so to speak. Or you can just scroll down to the pictures.
I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for over 13 years so my Stamping Area is always a work in progress as I find new ways to keep my things organized. Our basement is partially finished so I have always been able to have an area for stamping and classes. But.
This past winter I had to pack up all of my stamping stuff. You see we live near an airport where F15's are kept. They are VERY noisy so we qualified for a free (to us) sound proofing package - meaning we got super duper new windows and doors, central air, plastered walls and ceilings and new paint. It is awesome now that it is over. But in order for all of that to be done, we had to pack up everything that wasn't in a cupboard or closet. Basement too. And I mean all. We were only allowed to keep a loveseat, tv, table and chairs, and mattress in the house! So not only did I have to pack up all my stamping stuff, it had to be stored, along with the contents of our house, in a large metal "box/pod" in our driveway for 7 weeks. I was able to keep a minimal amount of stamping things that could be stored in a closet. That was it. The good part is, the entire experience has led me to downsize and reorganize! And that is where I am going with this. Admit it. You were wondering.
My space went from 10 x 12 to 7 x 7. We've always had a drop ceiling with fluorescent lighting but with the new duct work for the central air, I lost some lighting so I have an Ott Lite if I need it. The walls used to be yellow so I painted them white even though the picture above looks green. I love that now the only color in my area is from my card stock, paper and ink. Also, I have found through trial and error that I need my things in the open where I can see them and be able to grab them easily. Cupboards just don't work well for me.
So going from the left to right is my Paper Storage Rack similar to this one. It is a plastic coated metal rack with 30 shelves and it holds my 12 x 12 paper. I bought mine for $10 from a friend who bought it from a scrapbook store that went out of business. I went from this to what you see now which is so much better for me. It's in the open - I see it - I use it.
I hand labeled the names of the paper (all Stampin' Up!) and have the Collections first and then the individual packs - all alphabetical. The scraps are in individual page protecters with a label in the corner. At the bottom of the rack I keep the Glimmer paper, Vellum, etc.
The first shelf holds my Lockdown Punch Organizer and my whale style punches.
I bought my Lockdown Punch Organizer from Organize More. I signed up for their daily deals and around Valentines Day, it was such a good deal I purchased it, and the ink pad/marker organizer.
Here it is right out of the box. I went back and forth between Organize More and Stampin' Storage for a punch organizer. I finally went with Organize More because it was less expensive with the sale and it held more punches. It was already painted white which was huge for me. I will talk about that in another post. It is also lighter in weight so I can move it easily. The compartments are not foam board and they are not a wood composite but something sturdy and light. I love this organizer! I used to keep my punches in a 6 drawer plastic iris cart and it drove me crazy. I also tried the towel racks on the wall but that meant I had to get up and walk across the room. That lasted about a week. Lol.
I don't want to overload this post with pictures so I will post more pictures tomorrow. I can't wait to show you my Blendabilities storage!