7.10.2014

Rainbow Printer Trays | Organization & Shop Talk

I'll admit this: I'm an organization junkie. I'm always looking for new ways to sort and store my endless collection of supplies. It can be difficult to balance the desire for visually appealing, functional, and budget-friendly organization solutions.

A little while back, printer trays started popping up on Etsy. With their tiny little compartments, they're useful for all sorts of cool things. Some people add tiny hooks to the compartments, hang the tray on the wall, and use it for jewelry organization. Others "wallpaper" the inside compartments with scrapbook paper and decorate the compartments as altered art trays. I've even seen some where legs have been attached to a printer tray and glass over the top to form an interesting coffee or side table. I've seen so many cool ideas that I started a Pinterest board for it.

Small compartments are also perfect for organizing tiny craft supplies! A while back, I ordered a set of three painted printers trays from Steve at The Green Coyote, using them for random supplies. Two weeks ago, I finally decided to sit down and reorganize all of my resin flower supplies using my three trays (I posted a progress photo on my Instagram!). It took forever, but wow, am I happy with the result!


Being me (possibly a little obsessive compulsive and attracted to colorful displays), I decided to sort them by color. Rainbow ombre happiness! It actually makes it quite a bit easier to find my supplies too so I'm happy with the functionality. Can't wait to use these in my jewelry!


One of the reasons I didn't do this earlier is because I had no idea how to store the trays effectively after sorting everything out. Each printer tray is around 32" x 16.5", so they're a little bulkier than most of my supply organizers. :) Luckily, I recently found a relatively budget-friendly solution: InterMetro shelving from The Container Store! I bought the InterMetro starter set and added two extra shelves. I love how the space between shelves is flexible to fit your needs. Each shelf is big enough to fit a printers tray with some extra space. Perfect!


Have you seen any extra cool uses for printers trays? I'd also love to hear if you've found any good supply storage solutions! I think about this way too often. :)

8 comments:

  1. Hi Kelsea, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I LOVE yours! aaah look at the little shark. I'll be following along :D

    Also this post really pleases the slightly neurotic fastidious person inside me. :D so pretty to look at!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! The shark makes me super happy too... haha. Good thing my boyfriend can draw b/c I would never have been able to draw a logo that cute!

      YES neurotic organizers unite! :)

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  2. WHat a fantastic Idea! I am so un organised at the best of times... I just throw all my stuff in a box together. Its not the greatest help for finding things though...

    Sarah
    -oh-so-kawaii.com

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'm not always the best about organizing things, either. There's a reason I'm not posting any pictures of my downstairs... haha. I'm afraid top put anything down there b/c I'll never find it again! :)

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