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I hope you’re enjoying the wonderful summer weather we’ve been having. Summer is my favorite time of year and when the weather is good you’ll find me at Crane’s Beach in Ipswich on days I’m not working with clients.

Every now and then though we have a cloudy or rainy day, and that’s often the perfect opportunity to take some time to organize your workspace, tools, and supplies.

For the Home Improvement Do-It-Yourselfer

If you’re thinking of organizing your tools and supplies, start by imagining a well organized workshop area.

Tools would be hung on a wall with a specific place all of your supplies and each tool.

elfa-supplies-organizer-01One of my favorite organizing products for workshop areas is the Elfa Utility Board which let’s you add shelves, bins, boxes, and hooks of various sizes to suit your particular needs. You have all types of options and it’s easy to install it yourself! A less expensive option is pegboard that you can purchase at Home Depot.

Arrange tools by size, like screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.  Some people draw an outline of the tool so they can see exactly where things need to be put back.

Supply bins can be organized by zones; interior painting, exterior painting, plumbing, electrical, etc..

For the Professional Artist, Craftsperson, or Creative Type

I’ve worked with many artists and craftspeople, creative-type people who need a lot of different supplies, materials and tools.

Whether you are a Professional Artist, or have a favorite hobby like model ship building, scrap-booking, or quilting, it’s very important to be organized.

As a Professional Organizer I’ve found that disorganized and cluttered workspace negatively impacts people’s creativity – so keep this in mind if you find yourself in a “creative rut.”

stackables-01Sort your paints by type; acrylics, watercolors, oils, spray paints, etc.

Use stackable containers that can be labeled for different materials and supplies you use regularly.

Use easy-to-label drawer-type bins for your different paint brushes.

See-through Linus Divided Stacking Bin at The Container Store make it easy to see your tools and supplies.


Remember, if you don’t take the time to put your tools and supplies away your work area will quickly become cluttered and just might end up looking like Fibber Magee’s closet!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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