When I had my recent blog candy and asked you guys what tips you'd like to see posted on my blog, I think the most common question was how do I organize my stamp sets? I have a very simple system that works for me.
You can click on the photo to see a larger version. I have all of my stamp sets organized in these wire cubes. Each cubes is about 13" x 13" x 13". If you look closely at the cube in the top right of the picture, you can see the four round yellow circles that mark the four corners of the cube. As you can see, I divided the cube by adding a shelf that runs across the middle. The shelf is simply another one of the wire sides that makes up the cubes. It's held in place by four cable ties--two on each side.
What you can't see in the photo is that I have all of my stamp sets organized alphabetically. This is the system that works best for me. I know some people organize them by theme, but some stamp sets fit in more than one theme. Some people organize them by where they are in the catalog, but I don't want to have to memorize the catalog in order to find my stamps. This system simply works the best for me. The great thing about filing the stamp sets on their sides is that it doesn't matter whether it's a large stamp set in a huge box or a single stamp in its own case. They can all lay on their sides next to each other regardless of size.
Now I know you're going to ask....what are all of those stickers on the stamp boxes? Those simply indicate to me that the stamp set is retired. I buy my stamps because I like them so I keep most of them after they retire. I still use many of them too. I keep my current stamp sets on the top and the retired stamp sets on the bottom. I don't mix the current and retired stamp sets. Each section is alphabatized. Yes, there's one yellow sticker in the top row of that photo. That stamp set was on the dormant list (so it has a "D" on the sticker) and now it's current. I just need to pull the sticker off.
Now that Stampin' Up! sells unmounted stamps, I have a section for those too. Again, they're stored alphabetically. The top "shelf" in the wire cube is little bit narrower than the bottom shelf, so my unmounted stamp sets are stored on the bottom shelf because they need the extra height.
These wire cubes are inexpensive and are so easy to put together. You can make them long and short or tall and narrow depending on how much space you have to work with. I hope these pictures helped give you some organization ideas. Click here if you'd like to see my other blog posts on organizing your stamping supplies. Thanks for stopping by!