Monday, February 8, 2010

Organize, organize, organize.....

Years ago, before I had a designated work space for miniatures, I was at the hair salon and noticed just how convenient the stylist's cart was for her "stuff". This salon didn't have permanent work stations for the girls and they moved around frequently....and their personal carts went with them. Now I had used various carts on wheels for storage before but none of them had all the features of the salon carts. So I bought one. The brand I bought is pictured below.
What I especially liked was the storage on either side for bottles and jars with brushes and whatever. The four drawers are very roomy and there is sufficient clearance for things that are bulky. I was able to keep everything I needed for most projects in this cart. Tools of all kinds including my dremel, all manner of glues and sprays, sewing supplies, brushes, etc, etc, etc.... Before my paint collection got enormous, I kept that in it also. The lower bin was great for stashing big items and I put a square ceiling tile on top to create a flat surface and used the compartments for odds & ends. When I wasn't crafting, I just rolled into the closet or elsewhere out of the way. Easy , peasy, lemon squeasy......


Even though I do have a space to call my own these days, I still use and love this cart. I actually have a plastic turntable I usually put on top but I recently bought this great craft tote bag for taking to classes. It has a magnetic rotating base and room for tons of necessities for playing "away". Since it seems I continually acquire more tools and various other things to make what I make, I have transfered a lot to the tote bag, freeing up more room in the cart. I am even thinking of putting the paint back in it.

So I thought I pass this along to whomever may find it useful. (actually just looking for an excuse to take a break from housework....bleh!) :-)

Tabitha

8 comments:

Debbie said...

fantastic idea Tabitha. Trouble is it would be another wheelie cart that I filled to over flowing. LOL

Ara said...

What a wonderful observation!! I am not sure I would have ever thought to buy one of those but it is pure genius! Maybe I'll save up a little bit for one or drop hints for the hubby! hugs, ara

Tabitha Corsica said...

AS you can see, Debbie, it is rather overflowing LOL...but it is the only overflowing wheelie cart I currently have so that's good. Actually, I do have some of those "craft" wheel carts from the hobby shop but I've even tried to organize them. One holds all my fabrics, braids, trims, ribbons, etc. One holds watercolors, pens, pencils, papers, punches, glitters, and other paper crafting products. I just roll out the one that holds the stuff I'm needing and roll it back when I'm done. Of course, there is the problem of needing things from more than one cart in which case I find myself surrounded by wheelies! One day I think they may just all take off on their own.

Ara, it is amazing what can go through my head while waiting for color to set..... :-)

Tabs

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Now I would have never thought about that!! Great idea!!!

((Hugs))

Tallulah Belle said...

What a clever idea :-)

I have 3 rolling carts but not as big as that and very overflowing.

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

Fab idea, I have got my eye on some on good old ebay, mind you most are pick up only so i need to find one local. I have my portable work desk that i can sit on my lap and wrok from of a evening when John is glued to football, but likes to have me close! So one of these to have wheeled at my side is a great idea to keep all the glues, clays etc! thanks for the tip.. I can finally leave comments, havnt been able to on several blogs, so hoping you get this ok! Kate xx

Cheryl said...

I have used one of these for years.It is so versatile and keeps thigs orderly. Unfortunately, mine is now in storage.
Cheryl

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