Iris converted a corner of their bedroom into her work area. Because her work space is part of their bedroom she has to make sure that it is always a clean and safe space even for her kids. Anything sharp or toxic is kept in boxes far beyond the reach of her children. Paints and most mediums are kept in the plastic drawer shelves behind her work table to keep clutter and mess to a minimum.
The large cabinet holds her papers and tools, the vertical wooden shelves holds her dies. The metal drawers holds her embellishment, punchers, and stamps.
The red table runner is actually an organizer which holds her brushes, palette knives, brayers, etc. Iris' rule of thumb... if it's something she uses all the time, it has to be within reach at all times.
This foam blending tool carousel from Ranger is one of Iris' best buys. Saves her time from changing the foam pads every time she uses her distress inks... which is ALL THE TIME!
If you take a look at the small organizer at the back of her art journal page, you will see that it has small drawers which holds left over alphabets. This makes it easy for her to utilize all of her alphas by mixing random styles of letters for her titles.
Office desk organizers find a home in Iris' space and is used as storage for her wooden stamps and as a place for her pens, pencils, mediums, etc.
This vintage looking case here is actually a make-up train case. Used by make-up artists...but is a perfect storage solution for Iris - whether working at her space, teaching a class, or crafting with friends. Look at the next picture and see why.
This make-up train case opens up to reveal lots of shelves that is perfect for her favorite mediums like pigment powders, glitters, glazes, etc. The bottom part is also deep enough to hold gel mediums, mists, paint bottles, etc
Metal drawers from Ikea are perfect for holding varied embellishments and small paper pads. even masks and stencils of Iris lie happily within these shelves.
To save on space and to have better view of all the stamps she has accumulated over the years, Iris took out the stamps from their packaging and arranged them in transparent folders. This system saves her space and also provides a quick and easy way to take out stamps and return them in their storage space after use.
Another set of drawers this time for Iris' punches. As long as Iris has a specific area for certain things then sorting and choosing stuff for use in her projects are always easy. Iris also goes through her stash regularly. She decides which items she will no longer use and gives them away to her kids and her friends. This way, she is always sure that whenever she goes through her stuff she will only find items that she will actually be working with. That alone saves a lot of time.