Caution: Bead Sorting in Progress

I’ve been working really hard, and by Wednesday, I was ready to tackle the Closet of Doom. I figured a whole day was plenty of time to finish up and write this post. WRONG! I hit a wall: My husband likes to save things, so I spent hours shredding thousands of financial documents and throwing away his notes from college! At least, I found the lost Swiffer duster. Today I want to share more pics and my Organization Vacation “Plan of Attack”. (I just realized I didn’t include the closet of doom on the video).

Left side of the closet of doom.

Right side of the closet of doom.

Plan of Attack

Much of this came from Gayle Goddard (aka The Clutter Fairy) who spoke to our bead society about organization. I will be calling her when Cody and I buy our first house and I actually get to design my bead studio.

Step One Make 3 piles: keep, sell/donate, and trash. This part takes the longest! I’m sorting my beads, tools, and reference materials. I make split second decisions for each item, and I may go back and cull some of the piles if I feel the need. I’ve found like 20 pairs of scissors because when I lose them, I just buy a new pair. I’m only keeping the stuff I have a 50-50 chance of using. The rest needs to get passed on to someone who will actually use it. I plan to sell the stuff I don’t need at the “Supplies Me!” art + craft supply sale that Etsy Dallas is putting on. After that, I will donate the rest.

Step Two The fun part: organizing all the stuff you’re going to keep! To reiterate, using clear organizers is the key. My main supply, seed beads, has to be the most visible and accessible to me. I purchased 2 fabulous trays that each hold 56 round tubes of beads. On my shelf, I have 3 stackable open trays (oddly found in the bath section of the Container Store) where my beads will be arranged by color instead of size/shape. I’m going to test and see how this works out for me because I’ve never organized my beads this way before. My embellishment type beads will be in clear bead boxes in the 2 literature sorters.

Here is what my studio looked like about mid day, yesterday, and not much has changed. The closet is going to take at least the rest of the night. The good news is that I got a great workout hauling all those bags of shredded paper downstairs AND my Snap ‘n Stack containers arrived from Canada today!

My studio on the last day of Organization Vacation. So close, yet so far.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • avatar Ralonda June 4, 2010, 6:37 am

    My favorite way to sort my beads is by color because I don’t have a ton of different colors in alot of the other sizes.

  • avatar Kelly June 6, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Very inspiring, Mandi! It’ll be an in-home retreat once you’re done!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth June 8, 2010, 5:26 pm

    @ Ralonda- That’s why I decided to finally give it a try ; )

    Thanks, Kelly! I’m excited for our Art Day!

  • avatar Carol Passaro August 4, 2010, 6:49 am

    Hows the Vacation going Mandi? Did you finish it after?

    Your Organisation Vacation has spurred me into taking action myself.

    I have just started clearing and sorting my bead room out, flipping heck! It looks so much worse 2hrs into sorting things out, than it did before! I think it may take a week or so to get it how i want it.

    I have taken ‘Before’ Pictures so i can see how much different it looks when its done, but my oh my, its a challenge lol.

    Carol XXX

Leave a Comment