Sunday

the search is over...

flat filesall my decades o' divine livin' i have struggled to develop a way to do up all my art supplies 'n doo dads (the real life doodads as opposed to the digital ones)... a way where they are all divided out by departments, ready for me to dive into dependin' on what i feel like dabblin' in that particular day.

my mother - who handed down to me the genetic desire to create and collect doo dads - spoke o' havin' the same dream but apparently, from what i discovered after she died, just plum gave up 'n let her supplies and delightful doo dads co-mingle in large drawers here 'n there thru out our house. to give you an idea of the magnitude o' minglin'...in one drawer i found dainty antique die-cuts dwellin' deep under a duo o' disney dwarves and in another beautiful bunny buttons beneath fabulous faux flowers made outta feathers. because of this system o' storage, it always took her quite some time to dig out whatever tool or doo dad she deemed desirable for whatever art project she was doin'. at some point i had introduced her to my mason jar set-up and even traveled back to the lone star state to set the whole system up for her...but all it took to destroy the order i had jarred was a neighbor runnin' out o' masons in the middle o' the night while picklin' up a bumper crop o' cucumbers...once again all the doo dads were poured out and blended together. i have come to think my mom preferred her doo dads as well as her art supplies mixed as she got to run her hands through many treasures each time she only needed one.

i think i have tried just about everything for storin' 'n organizin'.....bins, boxes, barrels, buntings...nothin' has been perfect and all now are buried in the basement. all the things i have tried worked fine for fillin' up and holdin' but failed miserably when called into action. a hard workin' artist 'n doo dad collector doesn't need just storage - we also need easy access and even easier clean up. if it doesn't povide both it's just no good.

my search for the perfect solution recently came to a joyful halt when mini's daddy showed me i had the solution right here in the doo dad den for some time but just didn't know it. see, a couple o' years ago i mentioned to him that it might be nice if i had a set o' flat files. while i imagined a nice lil set to store larger printer paper and big photos and art and big things waitin' to be scanned - maybe 11 x 17 would be the largest - a few days later i opened the door to a delivery of what are probably the largest flat files ever made. i'm not sure how big these drawers are....i'll just say they are huge in both width 'n depth. ever since then i have hated them. everything i wanted flat files for could fit on ONE o' the drawers. the rest were just wastin' a large amount o' space i could use for somethin' else. there was no real way to keep things other than paper divided up and i couldn't find any container that would fit and the drawers still close.

then, outta the blue, mini's daddy - who could easily be a professional shopper and feels ill if he doesn't hear the sound o' a cash register at least twice a day, brought home a couple o' sacks from that texas based shop - the container store - filled to the brim with clear plastic bins that fit perfectly in the hated flat files.....and suddenly my lifelong search for the perfect doo dad collecting system was over!

i know the word perfect might sound like an exaggeration....so i will now blog up some snapshots of a few of those big ol' drawers so you can see that no other word but perfect will do.....
flat files

12 comments:

jan said...

my mantra has always been that the secret to organization is containment. compartments are the most wonderful things, ever.

so am i organized? heck, no. i'm too busy playing on the computer. i am impressed with what you've accomplished though, dear heart. you need to give that man of yours a big hug for bringing home those bags of goodies that inspired you!

Danielle Combs said...

I am nearly hyperventilating with jealousy at the sight of your perfectly delicious storage solution.

XO

Anonymous said...

That is one beautiful setup you have there! Can't go wrong with that! And displayed to us in your wonderful photo-style.
betty

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous system you have there and Mini's Daddy is a sharp cookie there!! I know with me and my DMC floss, I have used the men's draw system for nuts and bolts and put all the skeins in the draws with numbers ... then while I was cross stitching if I needed a color, I would go to the draw with the number on it.. some of the 100 & 300 series were small enough to go in the one draw but the higher the number the sticker had to have a ___ to ___ on it.. these file draws are awesome Mo... I especially love the one with all the electronic equipment in it... all your Macs and cords and drawing tablets... fabulous!!Thanks for sharing your organizing tips!! Love it and always love to see your craft supplies. XOXOXO and if I remember correctly someone is having a Birthday on Wednesday.. Happy Early Birthday Mo!! XOXO Christa

Anonymous said...

wowzer...could you please send mini's daddy east for a bit to help me get set up cause I think I popped outta the same gene pool as your dear Mama...as hard as I try and as many cases/bins/jars as I purchase and/or scrounge I've yet to be able to get my sewing/craft room organized...xoxo's JudyG

Maija said...

I am so excited about your storage my head nearly exploded!! How wonderful!!!!!

jodi said...

That is awe inspiring! Is your husband available for long distance consultations?

Good job Mo!

Anonymous said...

Love, Love, Love..yes the perfect solution. And it's so nice to see all your little collections organised all togther. I could really do with a few sets of these myself...I'll have to go and hunt some down. Thanks for the inspiration Mo, enjoy your organising.

xxox pennyshilling/deb

Anonymous said...

wow, those drawers are perfection! The dividers were a great idea. I am still trying to figure out the drawer with what looks like laptops, drawing pads and phones....I am assuming those are the "ones" referred to in older blog postings as ones that need a bit of hiding after they stop working and become things to prop stuff up with. lol

xoxoxoxo
Peggy

ejj said...

I didn't know that there were so many pairs of scissors in the entire world, let alone in one drawer! I'm very impressed.

ejj

Anonymous said...

Oooh la la... it's like a CANDY STORE!! xoxooxoxoxooxxo Trillie

bethiejw said...

I wish I had a storage room like that.

Beth