I had a bad case of the fumbles today, so I decided to do a little cleaning instead of the endless cycle of "make thing, drop thing, lose thing, clean until you find thing."
It was time, anyway.
I emptied all of the drawers and shelves, putting everything that actually gets used for tack making on top of the desk as I sorted. The chaos distilled to this:
Yup, aside from leather & dye, those are all of the things that get used at some point in the making of a saddle or things that go with saddles (like trees).
Maybe it's boring, but I always love seeing how other artists organize their studio so you're getting a quick (VERY quick) tour of mine!
It was already dirty again by the time I decided I should show it off. Sigh. The Grinch holds my skiving scraps, and back behind the magnifier on the far right is a lidded cup with a slit cut in the top. I put used blades in this so that no one accidentally encounters one in the trash.
I finally figured out that anything that lives on a shelf or in a drawer but ends up spending most of it's time on the desktop really ought to just have a place there. The wire is sitting on unfolded paperclips that have been tucked into the lining of the bookshelf. The pliers are supported by stiff alligator clips.
I ordered a scrap bag of suede last week and once it came in, I realized that I had outgrown my previous leather storage solution. I picked the containers up at Target (incidentally, this is where I found the OLD storage, too!), and they're perfect for my needs.
Things sit cozily in my new boxes, and they fit wonderfully three to a shelf. The long skinny containers came from Office Depot (or Office Max; same difference). I'll use them to help organize the lace & cording I have, plus the black and white that I ordered recently.
3 of the 5 drawers in the unit at the far left of my work area holds are dedicated to hobby. The top drawer with the only-slightly-less-used, the middle drawer...
with extras and rarely used items (and a box of ancient tack)
And the bottom drawer is the body box.
Now it's back to work!