Over the past couple of weeks I’ve shared the ways I store paper in The Fungeon (that’s the fun, mystical name I’ve given to my very plain, cinder-block basement). You can see those posts by clicking on the links below:
- Paper Storage in The Fungeon: Card Stock (part 1)
- Paper Storage in The Fungeon: Card Stock (part 2)
- Paper Storage in The Fungeon: Designer Series Paper
I received such positive feedback from the paper storage ideas that I thought I’d like to share more. Today, I’m going to share with you how I store my punches, inks and other miscellaneous items. I’m very particular about my punches, and I’m really happy with my method for storing them – easy to access, easy to see, easy to reference, easy to return to their proper place. Easy.
First – Let me orient you a bit to layout of The Fungeon. Here’s the desk where I stand to stamp. The desk doesn’t normally look like this – it’s normally covered from side to side with stamps, punches, papers, trimmers and scissors that let you know I’ve been working. Because I stamp downstairs, I don’t have to clean things up when I have company coming over – I just don’t let them come downstairs. 🙂
To the left of the desk, there’s an industrial trash can where all my scraps go. No garbage or food goes in that trashcan, so I can take my time to fill it up. To the left of that is my desk where I host webinars for my team members and do “businessy” stuff.
To the right of the desk, you’ll see my paper filing cabinet. To the right of that is an industrial shelf with my punches, inks and miscellaneous tools – all in easy reach with a couple of steps from my desk.
Here’s the middle section of the shelf:
I keep my punches in these square trays I found at Target (see them here). They are sturdy and fit on the shelf perfectly. I store my Envelope Punch Board and Gift Box Punch Board behind the trays, and I store my Stampin’ Trimmer to the left of them – the first thing I can get to from my desk.
Why do I store them like this? I like to be able to see the images on my punches – when stored standing on their sides, the images are how I’d expect to see them in a punched image. The butterfly is right-side up, the bird is resting quietly and the ones with dimensions (oval punches) are perfectly presented.
Because I have a little extra room in the bin on the right, I keep a couple of small items in a box lid and my address stamps in an old clear box.
To the right of these bins, I keep my tag topper punches and border punches. I store them on their sides and slide them right into the slats in the shelf. It’s not a perfectly beautiful way to store them, but it’s wonderful for a quick reference when I need them.
On the top section of the industrial shelf, I keep my inks and other miscellaneous things (snips, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, paper piercer) that I need on-hand. I purchased this spinning carousel in 2003 or 2004 – long before Stampin’ Up! offered an ink carousel. I’m able to easily store my pads, refills and markers in the built-in slots. The colors are organized in alphabetical order by color family – with In Colors filling in the spaces at the bottom. I’ve added punched circles of card stock along the sides to more easily identify the slots for the colors.
To the left of the ink carousel, I have a caddy I purchased at a craft store – lots of stuff gets piled in here, but I know exactly where to find everything:
OH! See that little blue ribbon hanging off the back of the shelf? You might not know this, but I earned a VERY PRESTIGIOUS award last summer – you can see more about that here – go on over and scroll to the bottom of that post. 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts about The Fungeon. I’m so happy I am able to share them with you.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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