Necessary Evil Chores: Organizing Paper

Haven’t done one of these in awhile! I’m cleaning out the studio today, so here is a project that I put off for, oh, maybe a year and a half–organizing our stash of construction paper.

construction paper1We don’t use it very often, so my habit has been to just buy a new stack if we need some and I can’t find the previous pack. Mixed in with all this, I found pieces of rubber foam, cardstock and a few blank puzzles. Hopefully I can keep it all separate from now on!

construction paper 2

Necessary Evil Chores: Organizing Paper

Too much paper!

Too much paper!

As we continue to build paper puppets for Cabinets of Kismet, the materials have started to overflow and as a result, the first floor of my house was rapidly getting submerged in scraps. Genna and I spent part of President’s Day getting it all organized by color and weight.

Genna sorting our many scraps of handmade paper.

Genna sorting our many scraps of handmade paper.

All nicely organized by color and weight, ready to be turned into puppets and set.

All nicely organized by color and weight, ready to be turned into puppets and set.

 

 

Necessary Evil Chores: Hardware Drawer

This is, I think, the most ongoing of my necessary evil chores. Cleaning out the hardware drawer, which most of the time, looks like this:

Messy hardware drawer

Really, the problem is that hardware and tools are meant to live in toolboxes or cabinets that have separate little drawers for all the screws and nails. Someday, when I get to share a big studio with other people (who all are hopefully more organized than I am!) I will have that kind of setup for my hardware and tools. For now, I just take everything out and put it back in again neatly. And it looks like this! For a little while, at any rate.

Neat hardware drawer