Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I really have been busy....ORGANIZING! *okie hears the shocked gasps of her readers*. Yeah, I know, it's hard to believe isn't it?!
I went to the Stampin Up Stamp Cases for my storage of stamps
because it took up less room and my unmounted stamps fit in them
nicely. If you haven't seen how I unmount stamps you can check out that
post at UNMOUNTING STAMPS. I started unmounting stamps almost 3 years ago to save space.
I started working on reorganizing my stamps on Sunday. I actually broke up sets of stamps and re-organized by category, something I have wanted to do for a long time but had to build up the courage.
Just to prove what a mess this task was I took a picture so people would believe it. It all started out because I needed to put a baby stamp away. Who knew one little stamp could lead to such a time consuming, sweat and tears task? Okay, to be honest I think I did know and that is why I have been putting it off for quite some time, like YEARS!
Deciding on categories and which stamps went in each one was easy for some and difficult for others and I still might have to move a few around...but not today!
After getting home from work yesterday I decided I didn't like the ugly mix matched labels I had on the case spines and went to work on figuring out a way to make a nice label for the cases. I made a table in Microsoft Word and set the row height at .43" and it worked perfectly on the spine. I also made two columns, the first for the category and the second for stamp descriptions that are included in the case. This way I can easily tell what I have in there without having to pull out every case.
The stamps you see in the bottom left hand corner are background stamps, which I am thinking about unmounting, and some others stamps that I need to unmount once I get some more foam.
Even though this was time consuming I know it will save me tons of time in the long run since I won't have to be pulling out ones I don't even need to look at. I did think about color coding the categories but then I decided I needed to stop the madness somewhere!
I know someone is going to ask so I might as well tell you now...the "shelves" the cases are in are DVD crates I got at Walmart a few years back. I think they were like $1 each. They fit nicely in my built in shelves and they are interlocking so I don't have to worry about them falling over with them stacked.
I feel so much better having my stamps all organized and it will make it easier to add to the collection as new stamps are purchased. *okie hears the whispers of "does okie really think she needs any more stamps?" and glares* OF COURSE I WILL NEED MORE STAMPS!! I can't believe you would even question this *okie sighs deeply and shakes her head and just really wonders about the sanity of some of her readers*.