Tuesday, August 4, 2015

how I organize and store my zippers

I've been in a serious organizing, de-cluttering, re-decorating mood for the last few weeks. It all started with one giant drawer full of zippers. You see, I've been buying zippers (especially metal ones) like there's no tomorrow and every time new zippers arrived they simply got thrown in my "zipper drawer". The only problem with a drawer full of zippers, and full and overflowing it really was, was that it always took ages to find just the right zipper size, or to find out I'm out of certain sizes :(.


So, I decided to group ALL my zippers by size. I then organized all my 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 inch zippers in this silverware tray which fits perfectly into one smallish drawer in my sewing room. Easy peasy,  right? 

The real problem came though, when I tried to organize my longer zippers. They didn't fit nicely in trays like shorter zippers did so I needed to find a different solution.


 Here's what I did. I used binder clips to keep all the zippers of the same size together and wrote their sizes on the clips with Sharpie. This little trick already saved me tons of time when I was looking for a specific size of zipper the other day :).


And then I placed all the zippers on this spinning accessory hook I found sort of by accident at my local Target store. This hook was made for belts and ties but it works great to keep all my zippers contained and super organized.


I'm glad to finally be able to tell very quickly how many and what sizes of zippers I actually have.

Aaaah, feels good :).

So, tell me. How do you keep your zippers and other sewing supplies organized? I'm sure you have some super clever tricks up your sleeves. 

Svetlana

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this! Binder clips are on my list of things to get for school, now I'll get some extra! I need to organize two bags of zippers! The drawer that stores them is a nightmare ;D

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  2. What a great idea, you've inspired me! Thank you, I've been wondering how to organize my zippers :)

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  3. I keep like sizes in ziploc bags labeled with the length. Your storage looks great!

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  4. Nice! My zippers are currently all stuffed into a large zip lok bag. A system that isn't working very well for me. :-)

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  5. Mine are stuffed in an overflowing large box, and now they are sad that they are not organized too. I will get onto it, you have a lovely system.

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  6. I have a zipper drawer but I like your idea. I might adopt it when I get a decluttering urge

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  7. what a clever idea/solution, I might just steal it. thanks for sharing.

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  8. Very clever storage ideas. Most of my zips are in plastic bags with the size written on the plastic, then all in a cardboard box .

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  9. What cool ideas! My zippers are in a big mess in a IKEA box and I was really looking forward to your post. Thanks for some great ideas. I will have to immediately start organizing my messy zippers. Maybe then I will make all the pouches and bags they were intended for....

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  10. This is a great way to always see and know exactly how much stock you have, rather than continuing to buy duplicates!! I group mine according to size with elastic bands and keep them in their own pull out storage drawer. Jxo

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  11. I just have all mine in a basket all jumbled up. Your tips are awesome, thanks!

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  12. Mine are still in. The original packaging. I can't bring myself to take them out. Your ideas is great because I can't see what I have. They are standing up in giant glass jars

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  13. No clever tricks here :( I love your ideas, though. Mine are just in a shoebox sized Sterilite box. Someday, I'll use this trick and try to make a beautiful space

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  14. Great idea!!! i just received a whole lot of new zips!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  15. Hienot ideat vetoketjun säilytykseen.

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  16. Cool storage ideas! The zippers become so easily retrieval with minimal mess and clutter. This way, they do not get damaged easily either so you can definitely store them for long.

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

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