Welcome to the Coop and Saucer. This will be sip and say kinda post so I hope you have time for a cuppa!
First I must tell you that I don't want to 'store' things. I want to find things. Quickly. Easily. And then Return them just as easily. I must say that in order for 'finding' to actually work it needs to support the worker and the workspace so it is very unlikely that one storage system fits all! ;) Nor does it remain the same. As we understand how we work and what our latest hobby/interest is the layout needs tweaking. Macrame does not have a top priority space, in fact its been purged! lol
Two different concepts influence my storage needs.
I favour form over function. That just means I like pretty more than workable. But I have learned a few things about myself over time and I am now willing to sacrifice pleasing design to making the process of making things relatively easier. I adore those perfect studios. But I am part of the Real Studio Tour because a real studio must function first and foremost and that will be different for each one who lives and works in the form. :O Valuing form over function may produce a pleasant workspace but it has not moved my creativity forward. I am now compromising nice for 'get er done'. lol
Secondly I have discovered that there are filers and there are pilers. I luv visiting those office stores that have files and storage to accommodate. Colour coordinating supplies is just wonderful icing on the cake. oops! I have been sew busy getting ready for the tour that cake slipped my mind. ;) Sorry, my creativity doesn't include food. My Rooster is in charge of pantry and kitchen layout.
But much as I luv the whole idea of filing, I had to give away the filing cabinets. It made perfect sense when I filed something but I could never, ever find it once the file swallowed it up. In fact I couldn't find the tops of the cabinets. And then the real truth is...
I'm a piler!
So my solution to my storage problem is to eliminate any flat surface that could possibly contain piles. No small problem! LOL Especially if it can be concealed behind a closed door. yikes
Plastic storage units on wheels have been excellent and I really like the shallow drawers so things don't get buried. They also do double duty as supports for my counter.
This has taken time to set up as I begin to understand how I like to work and with what materials. I am learning to group things together.
So my storage strategies advice is don't expect a quick fix but take the time to try things and determine what works best for you.
But I think I will first take advantage of the cleared and tweaked floor space to see if I can wash it up and get some of the paint and glue off the floor. Next week's tour will reveal how successful my finding and returning works! ;) ;)
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