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.