How to Organize your Studio or Office in 4 easy steps!

Bing, ratatattat, crash! Aaahhhh! Fudge! This is what it use to sound like in my jewelry studio when I would spill beads, tools or other supplies. Although it can include an “OUCH” too! While in my creative chaos I would get so involved with my process that I would let the mess overwhelm me, and then I would have nowhere to work.  Does this sound like you? Or are you super organized?

Last week I shared my New Year and New Outlook. Resolution #4 is to keep my jewelry studio organized so I can make my handmade jewelry more efficiently and with less chaos!

Over the course of the year I have noticed what I use on a daily or weekly basis and the items that are not as well used. This guided my organization process.

Here are 4 tips to help you with your organization process, no matter what you need to organize. 

1. Ask yourself “How do I work?” This is the key question you need to ask yourself when organizing your office or hobby space.

2. Find your motivating hotspot. I started from the top down. This made the most visual impact of clearing the clutter and since I am a visual person it made me feel good.

3. Separate items into categories. I separated my hobby items from the jewelry supply items. After that, I took it a step further and separated them into subcategories: well used, slightly used, haven’t used in a long time…

4. Take notes. While I was sorting, cleaning, tossing and repurposing, I made notes of what kind of organizational items I needed.

  • Such as 2 white drawer bins, 4 photo boxes, 1 binder.
  • Use specific numbers of items instead of “more.” When I started my list I wrote binder and then used tally marks. Then just count up the tally marks. Also note what you want it for when you are writing it down.
  • Specify where they would go and what size they need to be. This helped me with my vision of how it would look and how I would work with it. This also made sure I didn’t over buy and bought exactly what I needed. I even went out later to buy a few more little items, such as folders and paper organizing items.

So check out the before and after photos below for a peek behind the scenes!

Your Turn! What are you going to organize next? Leave me a comment below.

handmade jewelry studio


See you next time!

Emily Wilke, Style Avenue Studios

Author: Emily Wilke

When I’m not creating beautiful jewelry — you can find me cuddling with my 2 kids and 2 cats, sneaking away for wine tasting with my hubby and I almost always have a coffee in hand.


  1. I’m organizing my half of our master bedroom walk-in closet. I started by culling out the garments that I seldom or never wear. I removed the clothes that don’t fit my DYT profile (Type 2). Then I arranged my closet according to layering pieces. I grouped my daily wear in the front where it’s most easily accessible. From right to left on the bottom rack: Camisoles, shells, tees, tops, blouses, grouped generally by color. From right to left on the top rack: Suits, jackets, sweaters, bottoms (trousers and jeans). I only have two dresses, which I wear infrequently, so they are in a garment bag in the back with special purpose or seasonal garments. I took my scarves from the drawer where they were stuffed and hung them on two 4-tier pants hangers where I can see them and make a quick selection. Next I need to organize and display my jewelry. I need a stand of some sort for necklaces and necklaces. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Nancy! Thanks for sharing your closet organizing process. It sounds great!

      Tips for jewelry organization: I use a pants hanger as well for bracelets and necklaces. Frames with mesh or chicken wire stretched inside are perfect to hang earrings on. Or if you like earrings in a jewelry box, use buttons to keep the pair together.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Thank you Nancy! My next organizing its on my books to do is my shoes time to let go of the ones I no longer use, got way too many shoes 🙂

  3. I love these tips! I am currently in the process of turning a room in our house into an office/den for myself. I will be using these tips.

    1. Awesome Mandee. I hope it helped you! Thanks for stopping by!

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