- keeps them neat and prevents them from being damaged or lost
- keeps them organized so that we can find them when we need them, and can see what we have
- fits in the space that we have available
- preferably does not cost an arm and a leg
To this end, I have spent countless hours arranging and re-arranging my crafting supplies. I'm doing that again today. Most of my embellishments had been stored in a wide 3-drawer Iris-type cart. Ribbons were (and still are) in the top drawer, and the bottom two drawers were divided into alpha and non-alpha embellishments.
That worked for a while, but things seemed to get lost in the drawers - they were just too big, and I had to dig through everything in order to find what I wanted - if I even remembered I had it to begin with. I thought about buying a Clip-It-Up or the lower priced Hobby Lobby version, but I just have too many embellishments for that to work. I'd have to have multiple units, and that's cost-prohibitive - not to mention all of the space it would take up.
I did have a rolling 12x12 file rack that was sitting unused, so I decided to see if I could make that work. It's not costing me anything since I already own it, and it slides easily under my work table, so that's a plus. I grabbed a stack of my Dollar Tree 12x12 plastic envelopes and got to work. I'll post some photos when I'm done and let you know how it's working.