If you’re like me, you might have on your New Year’s ‘to do’ list to organize and clean up your resin crafting room and areas. I try to keep everything under wraps as best as I can, but things still have a way of getting away from me. Here’s a few of my tips that hopefully can help you too.
1. Group similar items together in larger containers. For example, clear resins stay in one plastic container, colored in another, molds in another, etc. Even more important for me is using clear containers. It makes it so much easier for me to be able to see what’s in the box rather than having to label it to know what’s in there. Hint: save your glass jars for storage. They’re clear and are a great way to store pens, brushes, stir stix, etc.
2. Shelving is very important. I make sure the shelves are very sturdy and adjustable. Lots of times, once my resin project has achieved a soft cure on a counter, I move it to a shelf to finish curing. Hint: the shelves don’t need much distance in between them. Enough room to slide trays in and out is generally all I need.
3. Clotheslines are great for hanging. Why waste space lying papers flat while allowing the glue to dry after sealing? Use clothespins to allow the paper to hang vertically while drying. HInt: You can seal both sides at the same time instead of waiting for one side to dry before doing the other.
4. I buy portable jewelry display cases to store my finished jewelry pieces. It’s an organized AND portable way for me to take jewelry to shows.
So now that the basics are taken care of, here’s what I specifically do in the beginning of the year to get re-organized.
1. Go through all supplies and discard anything that is spilled, out of date, dried up, etc. Make sure you follow any specific instructions when discarding hazardous materials.
2. Anything that is still useable that I no longer need, I find someone else that can use it. Sometimes I will put stuff on craigslist or donate it to a local school art program.
3. I clean out containers and get everything back in the right container. Sometimes things get put in the wrong spot, so I think I’m out of something when I’m really not. This step saves me time and money!
4. I go through my “I’ll do something with it later pile” and actually do something with it. If it’s a piece I can’t salvage, I will save it for practice later (see my blog post on what to do with you resin mistakes) or it hits the trash.
What do you do to get organized for the new year?
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