Do the experts find it most useful to organize by color? By size? By material? By shape? Which are the main categories, and how are items sorted within the main categories?
For example, beads might be organized first by main color (pink, yellow, black), then by big category of material (gemstone, glass), then specific material (calcite, moukaite, crystal, crackle glass, lampwork). Then within material by size or shape.
What logical organization works best for you, to help you find what you need quickly? Do different people organize different ways? How do you organize strands that have mixed colors or materials?
With those answers the path is usually clear in which direction you should go, or at least where you should start.
There are two articles that might help with more details on these thoughts: ''The Big Cleanup'' where you can take a peek into my studio revamp and ''Organize Your Seed Beads.''
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator
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