How to organize washi tape

I LOVE WASHI - and I want you to love it too!!!  I think you'll love it, or love it more when it's organized and accessible in a way that works with the way you use it.  Normally I would say with the way you "craft," but washi tape can be a FUN daily use item - as long as you have it handy. Getting your washi tape organized will inspire you to use it more.

Before we talk about how to organize washi tape, let's talk about how you're going to use it, where you're going to use it, when and why you're going to use it.

If you're like me - the answer is Everyday, All the time, Everywhere - okay, I accept that I'm a nut about Washi - I use it in my planner, I've used it to tape a frame around the mirror (happy birthday to my son), I've used it to decorate wine bottles, and gift bags, I even used a super sparkly pink washi tape to leave a note on my husbands very manly motorcycle when I wanted him to know I'd left the campsite to go down to the river.

If you've listened to my organization ravings in the past then you probably know that I tend to operate on the "keep things together, you use together" philosophy.  With washi, I've had to bend my rules a bit.

Here's how I've organized and stored mine based on how, why, where I use it.

Shelly Buddy Bags

These hold small collections of washi tape for specific purposes.

Planner tape - while any washi tape can be used in a planner, I generally have planner specific tapes all together in 1 Shelly Bag.  This is easy to travel with and easy to carry in my Ditto bag with the rest of my planner supplies

Holiday tape - Shelly is perfect for holiday washi if you only have a small amount - you may even be able to group your holiday washi together by season - Spring might include; Easter, Valentine's Day and St. Pat's Day.

Irene Buddy Bag

I only use 1 Irene bag for washi, and that's the little decorator kit that's in my car.  This kit has birthday, congratulations, celebrate type washi along with small scissors, and a few blanks tags.  I keep it in the trunk of my car in case I have a celebration emergency - aka, I forgot someone's birthday.

The 1.5" Punch & Supply Pack

This is where you'll find my major holiday - aka Christmas washi tape collection.  I've got far too many Christmas washi tapes for a Shelly Bag, but I can fit them all into a 1.5" Punch & Supply pack.  This is easy to store on a shelf in my craft studio.  The slide out tray keeps all of the tapes accessible, but they don't roll away.

The 4 Level Supply Stadium or the 6 Level Supply Stadium

This is where I store my "rainbow" of washi.  Prints, patterns, stripes, etc, generally by dominant color.

Choosing between the two is just a matter of personal preference.  The 6 Level Supply Stadium has narrower "shelves" perfect for the standard 1.5" diameter rolls of washi.  Larger tapes can also be stored in the 6 Level, but they kind of "bump" into the rolls on the shelf above or below them.

The 4 Level Supply Stadium is a little deeper, 4 levels instead of 6, so it will hold fewer rolls overall, but does hold the larger rolls more comfortably.

You can also turn the 4 Level on it's back and use it more as a "shelf".  The sections stagger out, so it's easy to grab "stacks" of washi at once.

There's also the smaller Stadium Arranger - if you're not a washi tape junkie, and you just have a couple of dozen rolls, this is a good solution for desktop or shelf access.

Designed specifically with washi tape in mind.  This cool box fits perfectly in your IKEA Kallax or Expedit.  Each of the drawers pulls all the way out of the box so they're easy to bring to your work space.  Each drawer will hold up to 50 rolls of washi.  So if you're trying to maximize cube storage - left to right, back to front, and top to bottom, this could be a great solution.  Each drawer includes cardboard dividers that are perforated for easy segmentation. Use the full divider, part of the divider or none.

Storage but not organization

Yes, you can just dump all of your washi into a 5x7, 6x6 or 8x8 Fab File and just dig through it when you want something.  I don't recommend it, but it is a way to keep it all together.  The box pictured below is the 5x7 Fab File.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see a few of the ways I've sorted, stored and organized my washi tape.  Please feel free to leave comments or questions in the comment box below.

Happy Crafting,

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