I thought I'd share a little peek into the ongoing project of organizing my printers cabinet. This is way too big of a job to complete in one day - at least for me - so it's been a gradual process. I clean out a few drawers, fill them up, clean out a few drawers, fill them up, etc.... To clean them I have used my little handheld vacuum to get any dust and dirt out. Then, I use a damp rag to wipe the inside of every. little. compartment. That is the part I hate! My fingertips are sore and I have a sharp pain in my shoulder from the repetitious motion. My fingernails are stained with ink. I'm definitely going to need a manicure after this!
I decided to stick with the organization that I've been using for years - sort by bead type. That means I have a drawer for stone, one for wood, one for glass, etc..... It works for me so why change it. Here are some random thoughts I've had - feel free to comment with what you do yourself if you are a beader.
Do I cut the strand so all of the beads are loose, or leave them strung for easier use? I've cut the majority of my strands during this process, as I had several trays full of them. I've only left beads on strands if they were particularly difficult to round up. And of course, the drawer of seed and delica beads are all still in their containers - lucky the containers fit in the compartments.
What do you do with the little beads that are often strung in between the beads you've bought? Often times, they are just clear seed beads. But what about the ones that might be matching stone or wood? I've found I tend to keep the nicer ones and toss the others.
It's a good thing I am only cleaning drawers as I need them, because I sure as heck am not going to do all 20 unless absolutely necessary! So far, I've used up 6 drawers. I am thinking I will probably need 4-5 more? Who knows!?!?!
The thought occurred to me about ever moving this thing, as we are fixing up the house to sell. But, I didn't want to delay the enjoyment of it for something that is unknown. But I wonder, would I have to put all my beads back in the plastic trays? Ugh, I don't even want to think about that! Put some kind of packing tape over each drawer so the beads don't fall out?