On my desk you see a Scraprack I ordered from www.thescraprack.com. It revolutionized my scrapbooking and even got me organized in the rest of the house. The Scraprack is really just a huge velcroed base that holds many, many velcro 3-ring binders (without the binders). Most of my scrapbooking supplies are organized into the pockets and pages that are a part of my Scraprack.
The Scraprack philosophy is to organize in four sections: alphanumeric (I include misc. titles here), calendar/seasons (I put holidays here), alphatical categories (B for baby and birthday, for example), and finally a rainbow section. Anything that doesn’t go in the previous 3 sections is stored by its color and in rainbow order (Red/pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). I finish the section with naturals (white, brown, tan, black, grey, woods, metals).
The benefits of organizing in this way was that I realized I had more stuff than I could ever use (still do!); I could quickly find what I already owned so I could stop buying (I have); and, I could easily see items that went together. I adore my Scraprack and what it’s done for my scrapbooking. But I didn’t realize how it would affect the rest of my home.
I decided to organize my closet by the colors of the rainbow, too! Now I have all my clothing in rainbow order. The benefits are the same as for scrapbooking. I now realize that I don’t have enough greens and purples and that my browns don’t really go together–they’re all different shades! I also know that I do NOT need more black tops.
I have used this system for organizing the kids’ craft supplies, too. Could organizing by the rainbow end in you finding more of the treasures you already own?