Organizing Everyday Inspiration

In an age of virtual pin-boards you would think it would be easier to organize what inspires us.  Yes, sites like Pinterest allow us to neatly categorize what we love but what do you do with all the physical objects that you surround yourself with?

As an artist I like to keep things that I find inspiring close. My tiny studio is filled to the brim with stuff that I love or hope to use. Old mason jars filled with vintage bits and pieces, linen pin-boards for magazine clippings and vintage trays, boxes and bowls filled with ephemera.  Do you sometimes find it overwhelming or do you take comfort in the chaos? Do you like to have it all within sight or tucked away?

My dream space looks a little like this …

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Photos: West ElmRestoration Hardware and Pottery Barn

However, reality dictates the need to be creative about storage and organization in small work spaces.  So, in the spirit of the month of January – fresh starts, organization and goal setting, I am challenging myself to find space for these items.  I thought I would share some interesting ways to organize it all with a round-up of inspiring tools, boxes, baskets and jars to help you organize all the inspiration!

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Baskets and bins are great tools for holding books, loose papers and supplies…

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Vintage locker basket, Amy Kristine Vintage and Metal drawer, Myra Melinda

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Jelly mold organizer, Cat Tales

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Mason jar organizer, Airth & Olsen

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Wooden clipboards, Simply Chi

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Washi tape organizer, 464 Handmade

Display pretty paper, ribbon and packaging supplies…

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Gibson craft station , Pottery Barn

Finally, try these tips to keep clutter to a minimum…

  1. Photograph favorite items to display
  2. Rotate inspiring objects monthly
  3. Organize items by colour, size or material to keep it visually neat.
  4. Create one focal point of wall space to display treasured items (ie: floating shelves)

 How do you organize your creative space and minimize clutter? What are your favourite workspace organization tips and tricks?