This is embarrassing,…

But, I thought I would share some pictures of my craft space (and very messy apartment!!) and ask for some advice. In an ideal world, my crafting space would look something like this, or this.

I live in a small 2 bedroom, furnished (hence the ugly curtains) apartment in London and I REALLY struggle with space for all my supplies. I have a set of shelves in our spare room and a small work table in our living room…but, lately a lot of my stuff lives on my dresser, the floor, kitchen table, etc.

I did a big stock up of materials over the holidays back home in the states (see image below!). In my extremely jet lagged state these are living in a very unorganized pile on the spare bed. As I am currently a zombie (my working day feels like 12am – 8am, thank you, California) and I have not had the energy to tackle this pile of goodies.

But, when I do muster up the energy all of this has to fit somewhere on here:

Or crammed onto my work table here:

So, the question is – how can I make better use of my space?? I think I need a new method for storing ribbon – I use Tupperware containers and I think something wall-mounted would be better. 
Also, what is the best method for storing clear stamps? I recently purchased photo albums as I thought this would be ideal, but I can barely fit any in the albums I bought without making them 4 times their original size — maybe I should have gone with ring bound albums instead??

Lastly, I think a purge of supplies is definitely in order!
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  1. says

    Definitely purge and get rid of stuff first.

    I use wall mounted storage for my ribbon. We bought some white plastic gutters (don’t forget the end caps), cut them down and mounted them on the wall. Here’s a pic I have on Splitcoast Stampers of my ribbon storage.

    My clear stamps used to be stored in a CD tower type thingy but I ran out of room, so I store them in CD storage boxes I found at Target. I can get 21 PTI sets in one compact box. When you take the lid off, it’s easy to see which stamp set you want because the spine with the label is right there on top. I usually just stack the boxes on top of each other because they have lids. I keep a 3 ring binder with print outs of the stamps I have ( I just print the picture of the set from the PTI website), so instead of rooting through the CD box, I just pull out the binder. You could also label your storage boxes and make a note in your binder as to which box that stamp set is in. You may have to pack up your stuff and have a catalog of sorts of your supplies so that you know what you have and know which box it’s in.

    Under the bed storage is also good if you aren’t already using that space for storage. We have those long, shallow storage containers that slide right under your bed.

    I don’t know if I’ve helped, but I hope you find some solutions that work for you.