Monday, March 31, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Fifth Monday Feature - March

Craft Hoarders Anonymous is having some extra fun this week! For every month that contains a fifth Monday, we will do a FEATURE WEEK and a LINKY PARTY! The next challenge will post on Monday, April 7th. 

ETA: The Challenge #4 winner and favorites have been posted. Come and see if it is you. Click HERE!

This week the design team members will share how we store our hoard! Three designers will share each "fifth week" during the year! You will get to peek into the designer team's craft spaces and see how they manage to "contain" their hoarded supplies! 

Plus you will have the opportunity to share your own storage solutions, tips, ideas, etc., by joining our Linky Party HERE! One RANDOM WINNER will win this prize:

For March the designers who are sharing their storage tips are....

Gloria - Monday, 3/31- YOU ARE HERE!
Pam - Tuesday, 4/1
Tammi - Friday, 4/4

Which means I am up first! I have tons of supplies. If you doubt me, check out the video at the end of this post! I shot the video last spring, and it does a pretty good job of showing most of my supplies. Not I was embarrassed to show it all. Plus...I am pretty sure more stuff got added to the hoard since last year!

I wanted to chat about my favorite storage solution...clear totes! I love my clear totes more than any other item in my storage arsenal! As you can see from this set of shelves...there is a lot of tote action going on! I have 81 of these totes in various sizes, and they hold everything from reinkers to embossing powder to glitter to chipboard to stamps to everything in between!

My favorite size of clear tote is the "shoebox" size, which are roughly 14 x 8 x 4 1/2 inches.

The best feature of the "shoebox" totes is that they are inexpensive! You can find this size at most discount stores for under $2, including the lid. Many times they go on sale for a 10 for $10 deal. The other great feature is that these boxes are stackable. You can see how I have them stacked, one on top of the other, on book shelves. 

I also love that the boxes are clear! I can see what is inside! I do have them labeled, but...just in case I don't label them (or if they contain more than one type of item), it is so easy to see what's inside!

The totes are very sturdy as well. I can cram a bunch of  heavy items inside and the boxes work perfectly. I even have boxes filled with small punches and wood mount stamps. They work for all my crafty items!

The totes also work for odd-sized packages. There are many things that are easier to deal with when they are kept in their original packaging (like self-adhesive pearls and gems). The boxes are a great for things like packages of bling, fancy brads, flowers, and more!

I also store my 6x6 paper pads in the totes - I just toss the lid (or don't bother to buy the lid). The pads fit perfectly! I can get approximately 35 pads in one box! (Dare I say that I have 4 boxes of 6x6 pads?!)

I love that I can pull the box I want and carry it to my work space! This box contains my metal "do-dads." I have all sorts of things in here that just won't fit into my little bin storage containers. When I have some metal items that are bulky or that I don't have a place for....I stick them in this box!

I know that these plastic bins are not pretty or fancy, but they hold tons of product and are super easy to use! I love them! In fact, I may need to buy more...

Here is a peeky at that video from last year. Have fun watching. Some things have changed since then, but you can still get a feel for my space!

Remember, the Linky Party closes on April 6th at midnight PT. Click HERE to join the fun! 


  1. Wow! Love your room! I wanna come play!

  2. You have an amazing craft space and it's so well organized. Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoy seeing where other people create and how they organize their supplies. I'm excited about this 5th week feature! Blessings~ Birgit

  3. I love Containers....plastic, metal, doesn't how you are so organized and even have your containers label...guess I should start thinking about doing that next.

  4. Thanks for sharing your amazing, well organized studio space . Really enjoyed the video. I too love the shoe box containers and use them to store my ribbon and embellishments .

  5. Oh. My. Word. Your hoard is awesome.

    I could get lost in your craft room making projects for days...weeks! It is better than a store!

  6. I loved taking this tour of your work space. (It's fun to see that we do some things the same way.) Love the layouts on the fronts of the cabinets and the inspiring display of favorite projects. What a wonderful spot in which to create!

  7. I thought I was so organized...just goes to show you. I know nothing! I bow to you...oh organized one! You better be glad you live all the way on the west coast or this girl would be in there stealing stuff!

  8. Wow! I really think we were related in another life. I have most of my supplies in clear totes, and shoeboxes are my favorite, too. I love your room - so organized. I would really like a room like that. Your hoard? Oh, my! Amazing!

  9. I love totes too, though I'm not in your league of 81 and counting! Now I'm inspired to go buy some more as I have bulky things piled all over my craft room! Loving this week's theme!

  10. Wow love your storage great idea thanks for sharing

  11. Thank your sharing your new room great ideas.

  12. Love your crafty space. :D And the storage bins you use are such a good idea. They hold so much stuff.
    Thanks for the great ideas.

  13. HOLY CRAP that's a crazy amount of goodies you have all boxed up! WOW! Thanks for checking my post. I had a hard time picking my favorite storage option!

  14. I'm in the process of organizing my materials. They taken over my house! I like the way you group items together. Very informational video. TFS

  15. I LOVE your room Gloria! Oh my, I wish I could have a room so big. I have to admit I have seen your video already since I follow you on You Tube but I watched it again because I love your room so much.

  16. I seriously can not believe how many totes you have lol. They are awesome and so totally organized. My space is a major disaster compared to yours. oh boy.

  17. You have a lot of totes! Did you buy stock in them? Love how you have organized everything!