As I make and break my bracelets up, and photograph bits for my blog, I'm constantly storing and accessing my beads on a regular basis, which takes a lot of organising - otherwise I'd be raking through beads, forgetting what I had or taking forever to find the few beads I needed for that day or that photo.
For my friends who make up permanent combos it's more a case of needing to find the best way to store bracelets and some odd beads whilst they're working on their next bracelet. Sometimes I think my bead life would be much easier if I did it this way too!
In the beginning one of the first things I did was to buy a Trollbeads Travel Case to keep my beads in when they weren't on a bracelet, I still use this and in fact I now have two of them from when I outgrew the first and bought a second for the extra storage.
As a bonus I always use the lid of the protective box that goes around the bead box for photos and bead play. But then the inevitable happens and I outgrew this too.
The top tray holds about 10 bracelets quite nicely, 5 in the back, 3 in the middle and you can just about fit 2 on the raised bed. However I don't keep that many bracelets made up, so what I really needed was more bead storage... and I've grown used to having my bead on rods, so what I really needed was more rods... what to do?
I pimped my bead box! Blue Peter Style!
I used wooden Bar-B-Q skewers, cut out some cardboard to protect the leather lining and bought some o-rings for the ends of the skewers...and voila, 10 extra long rods to put my beads on and I keep my made up bracelets in the Travel Cases with the wheel spoke dividers removed!
Only this year, er in fact kinda around now, I'm in serious danger of outgrowing my pimped Bead Box... I haven't decided on the next step. I've sold a few beads in the meantime which has delayed the inevitable, but it is, as it says, inevitable.
My newly started Car Fund hints that I should buy no more beads and sell even more... er, I don't think my Car Fund realises what it's up against yet!
How do you stay organised (or not)? Whether it's physical organisation of big or little "stuff" or just life tips in general. Hit the comments and lend me your wisdom, your tales of epic failures, or you can just say Hi also!