Thursday, December 31, 2009

Storage Issues

So, for my New Year's resolution for Sleipnir, I am determined to better organize not only my shop online, but also all of my business items and inventory at home. The most hassle are the crane ornaments. They don't rest well on a flat surface and are better stored hanging. They also tangle easily with each other due to their shape.

I am thinking of something like this, which is inexpensive and would serve my purpose. I know it would be very easy to make one from better materials, but it's just simply not in my budget right now (have had to pay out over four digits in vehicle repairs recently), and I don't think I have the time, either. Anyway, I was thinking of something like this:

The drawers come out and ornaments can easily be organized in them. They won't get dusty, which is the biggest concern I have with paper items. It's not like I can just take a wet rag to them.

Right now, my star ornaments and things like my gift boxes are stored and organized in a boatload of acid-free photo boxes. These types of items don't tangle, rest well together, and are easier to sort through.

The problem I'm having is that my shipping supplies are taking over. I have a few different-sized boxes to cut down shipping costs for my customers as much as I can, when I can, while still being able to ship their items safely. Plus I have different gift boxes, tissues, my scale...and the misc. small things like tape.

Lastly, I need to set up a permanent place for my photo box. Right now, the whole thing has to be set up on the floor or a table somewhere and put away when I'm done with it. It takes a long time for me to get it how it needs to be for a few pictures, and then to put it all away again. It's just too time consuming.

If anyone has any ideas for me, I'd be happy to hear them!