Last week I finally started ‘spring cleaning’ in my craft space. The first thing I tackled was paper scraps, and let’s just say I was shocked by what I found. Although I consider myself organized, the mountain of chaos I unearthed says otherwise! Since then, I’ve been researching ways to organize paper scraps, and found some really easy options. If you, too, struggle with paper scraps chaos, you’ll definitely want to check these out!
Easy Ways to Organize Paper Scraps
1. Sort Them Into Magazine Holders
Magazine holders are good for storing so many different things, and they’re fairly inexpensive. So if you’ve got the desk or shelf space, why not use them to organize paper scraps?
Melissa at A Vegas Girl at Heart sorts her scraps by color, but you could also organize them by color family, or even paper pack.
TIP: Simple Housewares offers a mixed pack of 12 black and white (6 each) magazine holders through Amazon.com for about $16.
2. Dedicate Some Drawers
If you’ve got some spare drawers in your craft space, those can work well to organize paper scraps, too. But you’ll want to plan which papers go in which drawer, and maybe add some drawer dividers, to avoid a different kind of mess.
Storage drawers don’t have to be built-in — many stores sell rolling drawer carts, or stackable drawer units like the ones Splitcoast Stampers member Judy’sSister uses. I love how she labeled each drawer — that makes it so easy to find just the right color!
3. File Them Away
Paper files were designed exactly for this purpose — to keep various sizes of papers organized! Plus, there are lots of different styles of paper files to choose from.
For example, you could sort your paper scraps into a large accordion file, like this one by Amazon Basics.
Since they’re pretty lightweight, accordion files are very portable, which is great if you like to craft on the go, or don’t have a dedicated craft space. On the other hand, they only expand so far, and can start to crack if you overload them.
Hanging file systems are sturdier, and typically hold more paper. Although they tend to be heavier and less portable, you can find some lighter weight ones like the Paper Crate by Stamp ‘n Storage.
This particular model comes in two sizes (8-1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12), and you can stack multiples on top of each other to save space. There’s also an optional rolling base, for easier moving.
Of course, you can also create your own files to organize paper scraps, like this one I spotted on The Crafting Nook.
She just used a small plastic crate, and then added DIY dividers, which are super easy to make with the Envelope Punch Board.
4. Lay Them in Tiered Desk Trays
One of the more compact ways to organize paper scraps is to just lay them in tiered desk trays.
I especially like this one by Mind Reader, because the trays slide back and forth for easy access. Plus it has a carrying handle on top, so you can move it out of the way when you need to.
5. Hang Them Up
If your craft space has a door, you could always organize paper scraps into a hanging organizer like the Dordrawer™ from Improvements. It includes steel over-the-door hooks, and holds folders and papers up to legal size.
6. Sort Them Into Binders
Binders are another great way to organize paper scraps. Simply fill one with clear page protectors, and then pop your scraps into those.
Scrapbook.com member Hanging by a Moment shared this photo of one of her binders. As you can see, she uses one with a wide spine and tall rings, which is an especially wise choice for big scrap stashes.
TIP: Binder page protectors come in different weights. Avoid using ‘economy’ weight ones, because they’re super flimsy, and tend to tear. These ‘standard’ weight ones by Office Square get good reviews on Amazon, and come in a value pack of 200 for about $14. Plus, they’re acid-free and archival safe!
7. Make DIY Scrap Pads
If you’ve got some extra time, and really want to keep your paper scraps looking pretty, check out this fun video by Linda from The Paper Boutique. She’s invented an attractive but functional way to organize paper scraps into cute paper pads!
These are just some of the many different easy ways to organize paper scraps. What other ways can you think of, that work for you, or that you’re considering trying?
Honestly, I’m still deciding. While I like these ideas a lot, my craft space is super tiny. So I’m going to do a little measuring before I choose. I’ll be sure to post an update when I get my new system in place! 🙂