|Something else I learned teaching second grade:
ORGANIZE MATERIALS BY TASK, NOT BY CATEGORY OF SUPPLIES.
In lower elementary grades, many teachers utilize learning stations. Small groups of students move from station to station and complete a task independently while the teacher works with small groups. A helpful resource book said that supply containers should be labelled with verbs, not nouns; and should be placed for ease of access. I spent a week one summer completely reorganizing my supplies/materials into "verbs" scattered strategically around the room. It worked-- and cut down on interruptions and traffic jams!
With my return to sewing in the past few weeks, I need to replenish sewing supplies and reorganize my storage spaces. I will have wicker baskets labelled with verbs like: drafting, fitting, cutting, machine sewing , handsewing, embroidery, ironing, research, journaling. I will need duplicates of some supplies like pins or scissors, but I know I will gain time for completing a task instead of gathering and putting away supplies.
Example: Under one end of the guestroom bed is "Cutting". My folding cutting board, table leg extenders, cutting mat, and large measuring tools slide under the bed. A sweater box has fabrics ready to be cut out. I also have a lidded box under there with my good cutting scissors, pattern weights, quilting pens, disappearing ink pen, and any other new cutting gadgets I can't live without. By the back door is a lovely old picnic basket for new fabrics arriving by UPS to wait for prewashing.
Just like at school, I can grab a basket and head to the correct work surface to complete a task.