Pretty much all of us struggle with organization in our studios. Especially if we enjoy other arts/crafts as well – we can acquire a lot of stuff! Personally, I have quilting, inks, acrylics, watercolors, gouaches, felting, drawing, colored pencils, paintbrushes, containers for paints and inks that I mix, etc. Previously, I attempted to organize these on the built in bookshelves in my studio room. I would put them in tubs and label them. I would use them. I would not always put them back. (I know, you’d never do that.) Sometimes I would want to work on something, but wouldn’t because frankly I didn’t want to gather all the components from the shelves.
One day I was at Ikea and saw these beautiful items:
I fell in love with them. I bought three of them that day I believe. Now, a year or so later, I now have six of them in the studio, and two in the garage waiting to be put together and used. I can roll them to where I am working and just work from the cart. No need to put things away, and when I am done I can just roll the cart back to it’s home. Often when I am painting I have two carts next to me, the cart with the paints and the cart with the brushes on it. It’s worked beautifully for me.
The other organization addition to my studio that really helps me is peg boards. One pegboard is full of my cone threads. The other has my various tools hanging on it, as well as a few shelves I added just to hold items that I love and that inspire me (as well as my succulent plants!)
What are your favorite organization solutions you’ve come across for your studio?
2 thoughts on “An Organized Quilt Studio: Carts and Pegboards”
The rolling carts are a great idea. I have a couple too. I have one with lots of drawers which is good for little embellishments, like beads, buttons and ribbons, and a larger one that has lids on the drawers. I like the lids because it keeps the dust out.
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Wow I love the carts! Good for you to recognize them as so helpful. I try to manage the amount of “stuff” I have, and I don’t do other crafting besides quilting. It’s pretty easy for me to keep track of where things are. If you’d like to take a look, here is a post with a tour of my studio: