â€œThe value in keeping anything is
in keeping it current and instantly accessible. â€¦ Refresh often.â€
~ Don Aslett, Weekend Makeover
Upon my return from The Creative Connection I was inspired to organize my studio right away. I failed to do that last year and my Ruth Rae felt album project is still in a box â€˜to be completedâ€™.
Itâ€™s a messy process to get organized.
The table was cleared for my homework (though I ended up doing that on the floor) and my new goodies were inventoried right away. As I entered my new Mermaid Dowry items and looked for last yearâ€™s entries I found out that I never completed my beads drawer. I had counted all my buttons (746 of them) in one half of the drawer, but found few entries for bead-related materials in my spreadsheet.
Of course I dropped a box as I pulled everything out, sigh.
Could have been a bigger box, though…
It was kind of zen to count up all these teeny items.
â€œIf someone asks me what makes me happiest,
it is never anything I can quantify
like a house or a possession or something I can touch.
It is the spirit of the human being,
which can fill me with more joy than anything in the world.â€Â
~ Goldie Hawn, A Lotus Grows in the Mud
126 spreadsheet lines later I can account for 10,100 beads! Â Theyâ€™re all in this drawer.
Counting paper was less fun because I didnâ€™t record prices for the packs as early as 7 years ago. Guesstimating thousands of sheets can be tedious.
This pad is even older.
Here ironing the tissue paper was a soothing activity.
â€œIf a thing or activity does not create passion or excitement
or they have waned, then it is time to dejunk.â€
~Don Aslett, Weekend Makeover
My ribbons account for more than 9,000 inches and the embellishments drawerÂ nowÂ contains 8,000+ pieces for those keeping track of the inventorying venture. Since July Iâ€™ve been good about entering new craft supplies as soon as I receive/acquire them. It is much easier to do this with a receipt in hand than weeks or months later.
Right now I am using a regular spreadsheet for documentation (Numbers in iWork-not as good as Excel), but over time I want to try out MYOB Account Edge Â or Bento which were recommended by fellow crafters on the Where Women Create Facebook Forum.
Do you inventory at all?
â€œAll of the work we do has a place in this world.
Our challenge is to sift through the opportunities and find our niche.â€
~ Judy Wise in Taking Flight