If you follow me on social media, I'm sure you've heard me mention a time or twelve that I enjoy the process of organizing my work space. As goes the old saying "Cluttered space, cluttered mind", so go I towards a space that allows me ample room to express my creative tendencies in ways most productive for me.
And, when you're living in a 1000 square foot condominium, with three other adults, sometimes organization and minimalism is born as much from necessity as it is from an inherent love of the process.
But, if you're cramped for space, looking to minimalize or otherwise want to give a face lift to your work room or studio, my first suggestion (and probably the hardest to follow) is to limit and reduce your supplies, and keep only what can reasonably be used in a 6-12 month window. While I truly recognize how difficult this can be (we all love shiny things, I know), one way to help yourself stay organized is to allot a specified space for your supplies and commit to the limitations that space demands. I have two storage centers in my living room (aka studio) and do not buy supplies or tools that cannot fit reasonably well within them. Once those tools or supplies begin to spill out into other areas of my home, I pause, take stock, and reduce and re-home what's not be used in the last 6 months.
One of my absolutely favorite storage solutions are these weekender toiletry and cosmetic bags (purchased from Amazon). Not only do they have clear compartments (so you can see what you're reaching for), but they are roomy enough to store supplies for multiple hobbies or crafts. And they are easily portable! They are travel bags, after all, so it's easy to take your crafts on the go and, when you're home, tuck them away without ever unpacking a thing! This bag, for instance, contains two tourches, four cans of butane, a Dremel with attachments, third arm, and all the necessary accoutrements.
So, I invite you to peruse my studio tour below, see my space, what I find important enough for my process to store, and how I store them!
Happy organizing everyone!