What I wouldn't give to have a workspace this tidy. I mean the colors are not to my tastes at all, but 24-year-old Etsy craftsperson Megan has done an enviable job of organizing a dense collection of materials for her craft projects.
There are at least two different ways to organize lots of stuff: First is what I'll call Deep Hidden storage, like a file cabinet, where maximum density in a minimum space is the goal and everything is hidden behind some type of panel. Then there's Broad Visible storage, which is all about surface area, with little physical depth, and everything can be seen at once. Common sense says that Deep Hidden storage would be the more aesthetically pleasing, or at least ordered, but Megan's space here has opened me up to the possible superiority of the latter option.
In Megan's system everything, every little trinket, gewgaw and material, has a dedicated space. The transparent containers stacked on risers enable her to find exactly the part she's looking for without having to rifle through drawers. The ribbon rolls on removeable dowels system might be a pain when you need to grab one in the middle, but it's gotta be better than digging through cabinets. The problem with my own tool and material storage system is that I spend half my time looking for the damn tool I need.
I want to print pictures of her workspace and attempt to emulate it with my own crap. But I don't have a good place to put the photos without them quickly getting buried.