So far, I've showed you my baker's rack and main work desk, so now it's time to look under the desk and to the right. First, under the desk:
All my punches are stored under the desk in a hodge-podge of storage. The three white laminate drawers are from Target. What a pain to put together! That holds my circle, square, and oval punches in a whole bunch of sizes. On top are oversized tag and border punches, my Bind-It-All, and office three-hole punch. The green photo box holds odd punches, like corner punches, slot, slit, and word window. The sterilite drawers hold all the other punches (flowers, leaves, snowflakes, mittens, stars, hearts, etc.).
Beside the punches are my magazines. The only ones I keep are the last full year, plus the current year. So I'll clear out 2008 in a few months and start collecting 2010.
To the right of my desk are more sterilite storage units. The little drawers on the left hold sharpies and bic mark-its, sorted by color. On top of that is my bulging prismacolor pencil holder. The set of larger drawers in the middle hold stamping accessories (sponges, stipple brushes) coloring media, embossing supplies, chalks, acrylic paints, and (oddly enough) BIA wires.
The stack of drawers on the right is scrapbooking-specific stamps and alphabets. I know, I know. I have a lot of alphabets. The clear stamps are in the CD case on top. The green photo case holds all my reinkers.
This sort of organized storage compensates for my absentminded brain. Keeping all the "like" supplies together has helped me actually use my supplies, rather than hoard and forget. For example, on those occasions when I want to color something in, I check all the coloring supplies and take my pick. Sometimes, I think I want one thing and end up stumbling across something else that works better. This rarely happened when my stuff was all spread out in several rooms and in boxes.
I'd love to hear of other organizational strategies that have worked well for you, especially if you're absentminded like I am. Being mildly AR/OCD (please stop laughing...I can hear you!), I'm always curious about how other people organize their "collections." Yeah, that's what we'll call them. Collections of supplies.