While I am on the subject of re-organizing and how I store stuff in my space I thought I'd share my brad storage. This is something I had struggled with for a long, long time. I used to keep my brads in little watch tins (but some of the newer bigger brads didn't fit well in those little tins) so I had to keep the bigger ones someplace else. I kept those in the clear plastic storage boxes.
Two problems with this system :
1. If you accidently knock the clear divided box on the floor, it's a big, awful mess to clean up. (Don't ask how I know this. :))
2. In keeping with my system, I really like having all like items together and my system wasn't working.
I tried a couple of things before I finally settled on these Craft Mates organizers.
They have a handy dandy little space to put a piece of cardstock so that I can tell at a glance what is inside:
I sort all my brads and eyelets by color/type. Most are by color with the exception of themed ones like Christmas and Halloween. I find that just like with buttons, I usually look for a certain brad by color rather than brand.
There are 8 compartments in each orgnaizer so it's easy to just pull out one row at a time to get the brad I need:
What I love about these caddies:
1. Each compartment opens individually. No more huge messes when I drop it on the floor because no matter how many times I say it won't happen again...it does. :)
2. ALL my brads fit in the compartments. As do my metal photo turns and findings and my eyelets. All like items are in one place. I love that.
Finally, this is what they look like on my shelf. Another plus? The compartments do not open easily so little hands can't get in and make a mess. I keep these on the bottom shelf and little man can't get in them. :)