Five children and a teeny-tiny budget, mixed with a vivid imagination were my creativity staples. With an “Anything’s possible!” attitude, great fun times and satisfying projects, I instilled a deep appreciation for creativity in my children, but…I craved order.
Functional, aesthetically pleasing, inspirational, ECOnomical ( good for purse and planet) and portable storage solutions.
Efficient storage solutions and organisation were exactly what I sought to run a fun and functional household of seven. Although adept with routines for meals, sleeps and bath times, I had a long way to go to get a handle on how to store my art and craft supplies-let alone what to keep in supply. My insatiable appetite to find and attract treasured items, without having the luxury of a personal art studio or even built-in storage, soon made it chaotically obvious that I needed some simple storage solutions with these traits.
Means easily viewed and accessed. If it was too hard I knew it wouldn’t work. It had to be a true storage solution and not just a place to hide things. Also, I wanted to train my children to be able to easily stow things as well.
2. Aesthetically Pleasing/ Inspirational
Visual stimulation is big on my list of living a rewarding life. Color, light and contrast, movement, delightful motifs and order, are wonderful mood lifters. Being in a space where colorful tools and artistic toys are arrayed in attractive storage systems means my creative nature is constantly being drawn into play and ideas flow easily. Art studio or not, it just feels good to be in such a space.
3. ECO-nomical & Upcycled
I love recycling and not just as a solution to environmental issues or because I looked for inexpensive ways to give my ideas form. I simply believe that a thing always has some way to continue to be of use and it’s such a delight to come up with multiple ways to resurrect some old piece of usually discarded stuff. Converting packaging into decorative storage systems is practically a tradition! Seeing beyond the obvious to create something new and different, is not only satisfying it is also one of the very best life skills to develop. Innovation is a sought after attribute everywhere and is cultivates an optimistic nature that shows initiative.
This aspect was important to me years ago, since I had no specific space. I found putting things on wheels a useful storage option. Now, even if there is space, wheels are an easy-access essential. So too, are daises (‘lazy susan’), shelves, hooks, lines, wall mounts and drawers, which are all effective forms for harnessing space.
Currently, I am developing storage for a mobile art studio and am reviewing anew this list of trusty components that have served me so well in the past. But, as this is my list, I am curious to know the criteria other people may have on their lists. What elements do you consider when creating your most effective storage solutions?