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Houston, we have a kitchen table!

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Ok - for the last couple of years,my kitchen table has been not only my jewelry studio,but my storage center as well.(worked for me - can't cook meals if you can't serve them:):)Well, due to the upcoming move,we are clearing out stuff.After we cleared out the "grandchildren room" I woke in the middle of the night realizing that the shelves in there would be perfect for organizing my stuff. (except the things like bubble wrap)I organize by color (although pearls, mother of pearl, etc get their own category:)I haven't gotten to make much lately because I am trying to keep messes to a minimum:(:( So - this is my creation-an organized easy to use,beading supply storage. And the best aspect of my new storage is that it was FREE. Only drawback - now my husband thinks we are going to use the kitchen table for something called "home cooked meals." I have a faint memory of those.....

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  1. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Great organization, however, looks like you need another set of shelves already! I hope you are getting a whole room in the new house for your beading!

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    Valley Girl says:

    WOW… I want all those beads….

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Kathryn, I admire your organizational skills!!! :D I agree with Linda, though — looks like you’re ready to outgrow that set of shelves. LOL

    BTW, tell your hubby — “Who has time to cook when there are sooooooo many beads to play with?” ;)

  4. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    This is exactly what I need…. I do have a kitchen, but we don’t have a dining room anymore. It is truly been converted to my bead storage/work center! I’m so jealous, I called my hubby to come and look at your new shelving unit. I want one!!!!!!!!

    Way to go for you! looks real good!

  5. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Thanks guys! And I did go to a very exclusive store for this storage unit – I believe it is called Target:) I do have one more set of white shelves and I am planning on adding it in after we move. I really want to get a small house (beading over cleaning any day and grandchildren trump everything:) so this is a great way for my stuff to be consolidated and easily accesible:)In my mind, the future house gets smaller every time I find more junk that has accumulated here over the years:) Throwing almost all of it out (I hope:) – told my husband to stand back! :)

  6. T Renault Designs
    T Renault Designs says:

    I love that you organize by color…makes sense since that’s how it’s done in bead stores, but for some reason I’ve never done it at home!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Ah organization…….. What’s that?! :-D
    Kidding aside, this is great Kathryn! And free to boot! So cool you could tiddy things up without spending a cent!!!

    I’m afraid if I tried this, I’d still have a mess. I’d have all those containers spread out around me so I could see what I’m looking for. Then I’d get lazy and not put them back on the shelf ’cause I KNOW I’m coming right back to work on a project and then I don’t and……and…..
    well you get the picture. ;-) TeHe :-)

  8. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Great job organizing your beads! Looks like we would have a LOT of fun all going through your collection!!! And looks like you have quite a collection.

    I organize mine by color as well … so handy. Mine are nowhere near as organized as yours though I did start putting labels on them by color the other day.

    I buy my containers at W______ in the fishing department. Really makes heads turn when I buy them 6+ at at time! LOL.

    I’ve started a small lampwork and agate collection, so those are just organized by type of bead.

    Best wishes with your upcoming move … looks like you will be very organized with your beads in your new place! SLS

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    Cindylu says:

    I have mine organized the same way. My problem is putting everything back when I’m done. I find beads that I have forgotten about and start planning another project. So I also have things organized into future projects. Sometimes though I have forgotten exactly what it was I had in mind.

  10. Goldie H
    Goldie H says:

    I’m so jealous! Can we come and play?? LOL :)

  11. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    L Francis, I know it is so hard to put things away especially as little small beads get mixed together.

    I try to then “pour” the loose beads into a large tray, after separating all the gold/sterling beads, and then make the next project something that involves an ‘assortment’ of beads to use up that stash! SLS

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    POF Chick Nina says:

    This is just what I need for all my beads. I also had my husband come and look maybe we will get to a store that has the shelves I want. My whole dinning room is the beading center here. No more family dinners at Mom’s unless we can all fit at the kitchen table. All shelves I have looked at have no back, just open shelves. The back is important to prevent beads getting lost down the back. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    Can I come shopping at your store? lol

    And dinner….I eat it at my beading table with the computer tuned into LB right behind me. The family doesn’t questions me but they doe laugh at me. :)

  14. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Thanks! Everyone come on down! Oh wait – we may not be here! In a month or so, just head to Columbus:) As far as the messy thing when I am done with a project, I have taken a step that I HOPE will help me with that. I went to the grocery store and got 2 cartons of those little Glad cup containers.That makes for 16 containers and I am hopeful that I will be able to use those to hold the items I have out to use (or think about using) in a new project. I will let you know how that goes. Cross your fingers. I tend to get out way too much when I am first planning:)

  15. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Oh how I long for the days when I had a room for beading. When I gave up my house and moved in with my sister (after her husband died) my beading space became a corner in my bedroom. I have a closet where I keep all my beads – in plastic bins – by color. And When I want to work on a project I go pulling bins to find what I want. When I had my bead room – I could just pull the door shut and no one could see the mess and my cats couldn’t get into anything. Now everything has to be put away every time so the cats don’t destroy or have my beads everywhere.
    I keep telling my sister we need to put up a small storage building in the back yard that can be all mine for beading. Maybe someday…..

  16. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Great organizing. I too put my beads in those plastic containers, but not by color, more by kind of bead, glass, gem stone etc. I started out in a small corner of our kitchen, then moved onto a small bedroom, and now my daughter has moved out, I have a big bedroom with tons of space for all my mess. Just hope I don’t out grow that room. My husband is very understanding of my obsession with beads, but I don’t know if he would build a house with one giant room for beading. I just can’t see that….LOL

  17. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Congratulations on your organizationtional skills!
    I have my beads in containers but that’s as far as it goes…I keep trying to keep the colors together but they rearrange themselves at night when I’m sleeping..or maybe the dragons just wanna have fun! I’d send pics but you’d all laugh so hard it’s be hazardous to your health!

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  19. Carola
    Carola says:

    Organization…..what a concept!!!

  20. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love your new storage. It’s fabulous and must make it easier to find what you need. Home cooked meals, what are those?

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    Peacefuldusk says:

    This is so great! My beads are all over the coffee table and end table in the living room:)

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    Holdfast says:

    Love it! Organizing is such fun because you discover all the things you forgot you had! I try to organize by color, but as we all know, when you work on a project you pull out more, and more, and more until you have the perfect design. And as we also all know, those beads roll and hide and you end up with all sorts of leftovers and orphans and lost beads. I just keep adding those into one big bin and periodically sort through all that and put everything back where it belongs.

  23. WaterburyJewels
    WaterburyJewels says:

    That is great organization …….

  24. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Great on your organizing, so now you have to have a nice home cooked meal and sit down at the TABLE :)

  25. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Kathryn, remind your hubby that you can also sit down at the table and eat take-out food…..LOL

    Cookie, I think my beads also rearrange themselves during the night! Do your little dragons make housecalls? LOL

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I’m lucky I guess in some ways. Ted always says when he is hungry right then. Well are you going to make dinner, lets go out and eat I’m hungry. Cannot say I’m getting hungry. LOL I wish I had just a fraction of the beads you have. I have 2 tins probably 8x11x3 of little baggies lined in rows inside. Time for me to get creating again.

  27. Leena P
    Leena P says:

    I can’t believe someone can be this well organized! My project of designing the perfect bead storage system has been a work in progress for a couple of years now – it seems every time I get one box organized, I end up messing up the rest. And usually, when I start sorting all the boxes, I end up making jewellery instead :) .

  28. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Update on the organizing – this has DEFINITELY helped. The little cups to sort the beads I am using in a project rather than just spread ‘em out is a major contributor. thanks to everyone for the comments:) Oh – and the home cooking thing is probably more of wishful thinking than anything else. And now he has headed up to Ohio to look for a job and the “buy the house as is” guy didn’t work out, so I am fixing, staging, listing and do have some time to make jewelry again. AND – with the organizing, I can put it up quickly if needed:)

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