It is about high time I do another studio series post, don’t you think? There is something very simple in my studio that I marvel at every time I look at them. Yes, every single time. And I look at them a lot throughout the day. I feel so clever, and it is not clever at all. But, for the chance that you might think so, I’ll show you.
Decorative, carry-along storage bins and boxes. In leather. I don’t know about you but I love boxes. Nice, sturdy boxes. They line my shelves now.
Why, you ask, is this such a big deal? Well, I have a studio that does not open into my house so if I want to work at a time when I don’t have childcare or at night, I just grab the designated bin and bring it into the house. I don’t have to think about what I need to bring in to work on, it’s already there.
And you see that they’re neatly labeled so I know what to grab in a rush. The bins I currently have are:
1. ‘bills’ that includes everything I need to process checks (for my biz and hubbys), make a deposit (rubber stamp and deposit book), mail it, label the envelope, pay bills, etc.
2. ‘online sales’ which includes all of the beads I have up for sale so when one or more sells, I pull it down and fish out the inventory I need. No more getting mixed up with unlisted beads.
3. ‘to list’ which is a box of beads that have been photographed but haven’t made it online yet. I can grab it, with my caliper inside the bin, and go into the house and hop on that computer and list away.
4. ‘shipping’ that includes a handful of organza bags, pieces of bubble wrap, return address labels, packing tape and customs forms. Rather than having my shipping stuff laying all around I just pull down my bin, ship, and put it away.
5. various covered boxes for stuff I want to save but need to get back to later. I have my ‘blog box’. My ‘uglies’ box. My ‘cracked box’. A box for beads I’ve traded for but haven’t done anything with yet. Why keep separates of uglies and cracked? Because I have that big fusing project in my head that will need them some day and the cracked beads are still pretty, the uglies are just ugly and I will need to know the difference in a flash!
Lastly, I have two more bins that are a bit different. They sit on a raised shelf in my beading area and help compartmentalize a few things that I use a lot and easily could end up laying all over my work surface. Somehow a bin motivates me to shove it all away.
This bin not only serves as my wire working tool rack but inside are extra pliers and a few types of craft wire that I use to string sets up. To the left of it is another bin that has other various items that I use when stringing sets…a spool of copper wire, phone wire, waxed linen and a few containers of e-beads that space the beads.
While these leather bins are a little pricey, I’ve accumulated them over the last year, a couple at a time. I think I could compartmentalize my whole life into these babies. Maybe I will.