I've showed most of my craft room to you but have yet to share my stamp storage, largely because it represents the biggest annoyance of conflicting feelings in the entire room. You see, I would rather spend money on stamps than on storage, but my storage is an ugly hodge-podge of drawer units. See.
[Those of you with sharp eyes will notice two empty drawers. I plan for the future.]
These drawers are the most efficient, cost-effective way to store loose stamps and Hero Arts sets, of which I have quite a few. Each drawer has a theme, such as Cooking/House, Thank You, Birthday, Non-Christmas Holidays, SU Animal Sets, Block Flowers, etc. I love how I can pull a whole drawer out and take it to my desk if I'm not sure what I want to stamp.
This is my Leaf drawer:
And my Tree drawer:
StampinUp floral sets fit nicely on end in one of the deep drawers because I have too many of them for the flat drawers:
Wow. My non-SU animal/insect drawer is a mess, isn't it? Sorry about that.
Here are some shadow stamps:
And here are some more shadow stamps:
This drawer has sayings and quotations:
This entire six-drawer unit is full of Christmas stamps:
See. I think you get the point. I have a lot of Christmas stamps.
My PTI, Hero Arts, and Mark's Finest Papers stamp sets are in CD holders on top of the plastic units. Each is grouped by manufacturer, and then subcategorized by whatever system seems most useful for the particulars of that manufacturer. I also occasionally include the clear sets with the loose stamps in the drawers when the whole set applies to a category there. For instance, Birthday Basics from PTI is in the Birthday Drawer.
This little stack is new stuff I haven't played with yet. Don't you love that tree? It's from Hero Arts. I've had my eye on it for a while and found it on sale last week at Michael's. Yippy!
Every four to six months I completely reorganize my stamps. From the messiness of some drawers, it's obvious that I'll be reorganizing soon. If I ever hit upon the perfect system, I'll be sure to share in detail, but frankly, I believe there is no perfect system. It's just fun to move them all about every once in a while.
No. I'm not AR/OC.
Well, maybe just a little bit.