Beaducation moved into shiny new offices last week. (We'll have more on that in a later post.) It's amazing how quickly things that you thought fit perfectly (although tightly) in a smaller space seem to magically contract when moved to a bigger space.
The move prompted some spring cleaning of my own, so I tackled organizing my jewelry and tool supplies. This is how it played out.
First, I gave my tools a good sorting. I gathered everything together and sorted them by type. I was really surprised at how many tools I actually owned! Then I did the unthinkable. I discarded some that I no longer needed or used. Look, I really didn't need 6 pairs of chain nose pliers. I didn't go crazy, but I did get rid of two. One that had seen better days and one that I just never clicked with. Into the donate pile they went.
I culled a few more tools from my hoard (bent and unusable tweezers, a bad punch, a couple of tools that I wasn't sure what they were for and a few old and ratty bead boards, to name a few.) My pile looked much more manageable after that. I had sorted down to the tools that I really use.
Then I gave all my metal tools some TLC by spraying them with some WD40 (outside, in a well-ventilated area and I wore gloves!) and buffing them back to pristine condition with some 000 steel wool. I worked on the heads of my pliers, bench block and the heads of my steel hammers and dapping set. WD40 and a bit of elbow grease gave my tools a whole new lease on life. I wiped everything off with a soft cloth and put everything away in clean bins. (I still had my design stamps to do. They could use some love.)
Then I went shopping on our website.
I bought one of these design stamp holders for my design stamps. The large and small holes in one is awesome. It did make me realize how many stamps I have. I actually need to grab another one.
The holder fits all of our design stamps with the exception of a few of our large design stamps and all border stamps.
The large stamps found a new home in this holder.
And the border stamps found a perfect place to nestle in our Beaducation Tins.
I treated myself to a couple of new bead boards and this special holder for my Lindstrom tools. It feels great, and my tools are set for a springtime jewelry-making session. I am feeling so virtuous that I may tackle my shoes next!
What are your favorite tips for organizing your tools and materials? Share them in the comments, we'd love to know.