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I really think that having everything in it's place makes life so easy. Yes, it takes time to find a place, decide what to put there, pick a container (if needed) and put the items in their spots. But once you have that area figured out and in an order that makes sense for you and your needs, it's done. From then on you don't have to do anything other than remember to put things back in their place. Sometimes you may not put an item back immediately after you use it, but you will eventually and you will know where it goes.
For my first "installment" of my "organizing series" I am showing all of you how I organize my craft papers. I have a six drawer system which my mom got me a few years ago for Christmas. Side note: Remember how I said people have told me I'm good at organizing? Some of those people also know how much I like to do it and they know the way to my heart...buy me organizing supplies and I'll love you forever!! The drawer unit I have it just like this one. I'm pretty sure my mom got mine from Hobby Lobby and it has held up great, so I highly recommend it.
First I separated all of my craft papers into piles to decide how I needed to organize them. I tried to keep the number of piles to five so I would have one extra drawer for supplies (mainly the wheels for the unit since I didn't intend to use them).
Then I labeled the drawers and filled them up with all of my paper. (I just noticed I forgot an "e" and it has since been fixed, can you spot it? One million bonus points to you if you can!) Another great feature of this storage unit is that it fits 12x12 paper. If you do any kind of crafts, you know this is great. I mix 8.5x11 with the 12x12, so this eliminates having two separate storage units.
Storage Unit, I hope you're ready for your close up!!
What have you organized lately? I know getting organized is a popular New Year Resolution, so I'm sure there is some organizing going on out there! Spill all the details below in the comments!