Saturday, December 10, 2016

Workspace Wonder - A Review of Close To My Heart's New Organization System

I am an organization junkie. I like to have space to create and to be able to find what I need when I need it. So I'm always on the lookout for good organizational systems. And I was so excited when Close To My Heart introduced their new system - Workspace Wonder


I've purchased several pieces already and have them set up in my craft space. I've had a chance to arrange them how I like and to see how they work while I craft. And here is my review of that experience.

Pros:
1. There are 6 different pieces (Large Tray, Small Tray, Stamp Pad Stack, Marker Stack, Tool Cubby and Paper Tray), which means you only have to purchase what you need. I didn't need the Marker Stack or Paper Tray, so that was less money I had to spend.

2. You can arrange each piece how you want them as they are interlocking. 

3. You can stack it vertically or horizontally, depending on your space. I have more vertical space than I do horizontal, so this was incredibly helpful.

4. Each piece is made of a durable, thick plastic material. I banged and threw my pieces around because I'm a klutz, and they held up nicely. 

5. It looks incredibly streamlined and neat, and it makes everything easy to find.

6. I have to say this again - being able to customize is huge. You can make this into whatever you want to fit whatever space you need.

Cons:
1. These pieces are pricey - this is a long-term storage solution meant to last, but you will pay more up front.

2. Although all the pieces are interlocking, it's not a strong lock. This makes it easy to move things around, but you can't keep them in a position and move the entire thing. If you're keeping them in one spot, then it isn't an issue. If you're traveling with them, you'll need to disassemble and reassemble. 

3. This is sort of nitpicky since it is a CTMH product, but only CTMH stamps (both old and new) will fit in the Stamp Pad Stack. I wanted to have all my inks in one spot, but I'll be using the Small Tray for non-CTMH inks.

4. The Large Tray provides a base for the Stamp Pad Stack, Marker Stack and Tool Cubby. However, this means that you can't stack anything in the tray higher than the tray lip, otherwise you won't be able to get your ink pads or markers out. This isn't an issue with the Tool Cubby.

Product Details:
Large Tray - 8" x 12" x 1" with a divider so there are two 4" x 12" sections; useful for stacking pieces and for storing flatter items such as blocks, adhesive and ink squares.

Small Tray - 4" x 8" x 1"; useful for storing re-inker (can hold up to 18 bottles), as well as other ink pads, blocks and other tools.

Stamp Pad Stack - 4" x 4" x 4" cube. Holds 5 CTMH ink pads (both the older ones and new ones).

Marker Stack - 4" x 4" x 4" cube. Holds 25 Shinhan Touch Markers. I don't have this piece, so I do not know if it holds other markers. 

Tool Cubby - 4" x 4" with a divider; useful for storing pencils, brushes and other long and skinny tools.

Paper tray - 12" x 12.5" by 2"; can store paper, including paper with a zip strip. I don't have this one, but I got a sneak peak at one a customer purchased and it will hold a lot of paper (and is sturdy enough for the weight).

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