Jewelry supplies are a special challenge to organize, because they’re so small, and there are so many different kinds of things to keep track of. I know… I have quite a lot of jewelry supplies. (What can I say, I’m a sucker for new beads!) I’ve tried a lot of different storage solutions, and I’ve finally got on a system that’s working well for me. Today, I’m showing you how to organize beads and jewelry making supplies.
Being organized is tough for artistic types, I think. I know I struggle to put things back in their correct spots when I’m done with them, but now that I have a system, it’s a lot easier to do! Plus, it’s so nice to know exactly where to find exactly what I want, to see at a glance if I’m out of anything or low on anything I use often. And the big money saver? NOT BUYING the same thing over and over, if I can’t remember if I bought it last time!
I’m not going to give you a tour of my whole craft room, mostly because (as I mentioned) it’s so hard for me to be organized, and you don’t want to see how true that is! But, my jewelry station is the one area that’s pretty tidy, now that I have a space for everything.
- Bead Storage Solutions Bead Storage Boxes
- Bead Storage Solutions Tool & Spool Bins
- Darice 15-Drawer Rolling Craft Cart
- 4-Drawer 4-Shelf Scrapbook Storage Cart
- Label Maker
First things first… I love these carts. I’m not kidding, I have 6 of them in my craft room. They work especially well for me because I’ve got a basement room with that odd half-shelf that runs around the bottom half of the room. They’re the perfect height for storage, then I can use the shelf as overflow, and room on the walls for hanging storage, too.
I added labels to most of my carts. For jewelry, I’ve got categories like wire and chain, cord, connectors, and metal stamping supplies. My beads and findings I store in the Bead Storage Solutions boxes, and they tuck right in on the scrapbook shelves for easy, at-a-glance access.
For how to organize beads, I find the best way is by color – not necessarily by size, shape, or material. Quite often, when you’re going to make a new piece, you’ve got a color scheme in mind, or you’ve picked a special focal piece or new beads and you need something to go with it. The best way to find it is by color!
The average 7-inch strand of small to medium-sized beads fits great in the tiny storage boxes, and the tiny size is also perfect for about 10g of seed beads (the small tube). Larger tubes of beads fit well in the small boxes, and findings are all sizes, so a good variety is the way to go.
I love that the boxes all come out, so instead of having to reach in and retrieve what you need, you can open the box and tip your supplies out. They snap close really securely. I can’t tell you how many times other bead storage I’ve tried resulted in mixed-up beads, or spills. This is the first system I’m actually excited about.
Bottom line is that while everyone feels good to be organized, you need to find a lasting solution that works well, or you won’t use it for long. If you’re a jewelry aficionado like I am, you need to find lots of small storage that’s EASY to use – or you won’t stick to your system! My cart and bead box combo has saved me lots of headaches (and now, I’m off to find inspiration to tackle the REST of the room to find great ideas!).
I hope this how to organize beads and jewelry supplies post has motivated you to get organized.
What’s your favorite way to organize your supplies? Share your tips below!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).