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While I was on the Paperclipping Roundtable show the subject of how we keep our workspace from getting over run with mess while working on projects.  I, like many of you, work on muliple projects at a time so I had to come up with a way to contain the clutter.

I picked up a dozen black dish pans from the dollar store quite a while back. I use them constantly! These cheap dish pans or "bins" as I call them, are probably the most efficient way I get things done in my studio. I love being able to contain a project per bin. They seem to be the perfect size, 13.5" X 11" X 4.5" H, I can even prop a full size layout in it to dry or to work on later. As I am often working on multiple projects at once with these I can grab a bin work on that project, set it aside and work on another. Beside bins with projects I usually have a bin with busy work for me to work on during tv time. To keep my counters clear I keep a bin handy, usually in the middle of my room, to toss items in that I think I may be done with and need to put away. I then can take my bin around and put things back where they go at the end quickly and easily. And on a bright and sunny day I will take a bin full of stuff outside to work on.  And as you can see Addie thinks that they make the perfect cat bed.

This shows how easily these cheap tubs stack together.  On the left I have 4 tubs stacked together and on the right is one.  You can see that they take up minimal room when stacked.  I have about a dozen of them but rarely are all put to use at the same time. 


Barbara February 28, 2013 at 8:23 AM  

Christie, thanks for sharing this tip. I have my craft room fairly organized, but the constant problem is ONGOING projects, and this is a simple but brilliant solution. Thanks!!!

Dragonhome February 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM  

I love your idea - I also usually have multiple projects going as once too, and now I have a way to keep them separate and organized at the same time!


Dragonhome February 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM  

I love your idea - I also usually have multiple projects going as once too, and now I have a way to keep them separate and organized at the same time!


Art For The Cart February 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM  

I use the same kind of system for projects in the works, but I have a "thing" about plastic (and cardboard boxes!) I use baskets to make my room look nice while still being functional. :) thanks for sharing your ideas!

julie case February 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM  

Thanks for sharing this great idea! Might have to get a couple for my kitties, too ;)

DonnaKae February 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM  

thanks for the great hints. I will be going to my dollar store ASAP.

Anonymous February 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM  

Great idea!! I am in the process of reorganizing my craft area today so your suggestion is very welcome!

Kim February 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM  

Thanks for sharing!! Particularly the one for the "done" it's the putting away that usually gets behind.

Bast March 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM  

What a great idea...and very inexpensive also. I have a feeling my cats would want to use it even if they are full of paper as that would make it even more fun for them! ;)

Addie is absolutely adorable! Thanx for sharing


Gwen Wruck March 2, 2013 at 5:49 AM  

Loved this idea when I heard it on the show, the whole idea of fussy cutting while watching TV with hubby was a revelation!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

MomInTraining3 March 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM  

This is GREAT idea! Thank you. It is doable because it is afordable and it makes so much sense. I am working on so many different projects too and this would allow me to contain the "stuff" wow how awesome. I also love the idea of having one bin for stuff to put away. Thank you for posting

Janet April 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM  

Where do you store these bins in progress? WOuld like to see that as well! TIA! ~God bless~

Tammy October 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM  

I would also love to see how you store these bins when in use. Great room!

trudelmj January 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM  

Very good idea. Where do you store those bins in your craft room?

Unknown July 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM  

Where did you get the white storage for the letters (abc's) in your craft room???

allmylovenbugs March 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM  

I'm way late to the party, but how do you "store" these when a project is resting? What type of home do they have in your craft room?

allmylovenbugs March 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM  

I'm way late to the party, but how do you "store" these when a project is resting? What type of home do they have in your craft room?

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