A lot of our readers and artists featured in Studios say they like clear storage, because they can see at a glance what's in it. You can find a wide variety of storage containers and systems at craft and organization specialty stores. But sometimes, the perfect storage container finds you. For example, we discovered this ideal beading supply holder one day when we were feeding ink into the office printer.
As I removed the last brick of solid ink from the container, co-editor (and inveterate beader and re-purposer) Barbara Delaney pointed out that the boxes are just right for keeping bead supplies. Not only do the flexible plastic containers have compartments and a top to keep the beads from spilling, they stack. These boxes would also be great for holding bobbins, small found objects, pins--any tiny craft item that tends to roll away and get lost.
The best part? Ink containers like this don't get tossed in the trash, headed for a lifetime in the landfill.
What's your favorite storage "find"? What's the most unusual item you've ever re-purposed to organize your supplies? Leave a comment! We may feature it in a future issue of Studios.