I must have a ton of beads! I’m hopelessly addicted to beads. I buy for color; I love orange. I buy for shape; I love tablet, oval, and round. I buy for motif; I love fish, sealife, and flowers. I have small beads like seed and E beads. I have medium beads of shell, ceramic, and glass. And I have large beads of clay, crystal, and wood. And with so many beads, it’s easy to forget exactly what I have.
I recently just re-organized my beads because I couldn’t remember everything I had. Because if you have beads, you most likely have all the supplies needed to make jewelry, meaning you need to keep up with all your findings! For me the real key to organization is that the organizers need to be clear, I need to be able to see at a glance what is in my organizers!
Organization can be a bore, but somehow I’m never bored when organizing my beads. I enjoy seeing all my treasures, touching each to feel the texture, and coordinating the colors. I get happy all over again and think about all the jewelry I can make. I organize first by type of bead, which usually boils down to size. And then I organize by color or metal. It’s important that you follow your way of thinking when you organize. If your first thought is color, then organize by color. If your first thought is that’s a glass bead, organize by material used to make the beads.
I love the above organizer! I like the sturdy, permanant compartments and that it shuts very securely. I’ve used organizers with adjustable compartments, but most aren’t stable so your beads end up mixing. Adjustable organizers are better for larger items or maybe threads.
I have tons of seed beads and hated having to store them in original packages, it just made organization difficult so I was happy to find this type of organizer so I can store my seed beads by color and easily find the color I need!
How do you organize your craft supplies? Come on! Share!