Did I ever tell you that I met my husband on a blind date? Now you are thinking, "What does that have to do with organizing art supplies?". My friend who introduced us, worked in the same department with him. It seems their job was to organize things so they ran more efficiently. My friend had an immaculate apartment and her canned goods were organized by the alphabet in her closet.
I couldn't believe that anyone whose business was organizing and efficiency would like me. I was a scruffy, hippy artist with art supplies falling out of my purse. We met, we liked each other, and it turned out that my soon to be husband wasn't too organized at home, just at the office and he know a lot about how to function efficiently in the workplace.
Fast forward after being married 31 years. I have become less scruffy, less hippy and more of a business artist. I realize that artists need both creativity and logic to survive. I am always asking my husband for tips on how to be more efficient. Recently when I was drowning in a mess of art supplies in my office, I asked him for help. He looked around my office and made one suggestion that I found extremely helpful. Put your most import tools and supplies that you use regularly next to your workspace.
Okay, you may think, duh, I know that. However, when I looked around my office I discovered most of the stuff near my desk was stuff I rarely used. I moved 50 cigar boxes out of my office and onto a shelf in our garage, plus a lot more stuff and put my paper and canvas in their spot.
I urge you to try this at home. Move all your extraneous stuff out of your workspace and store your supplies you use most often very close to you. Then let me know if this works for you. If not, I have other ideas for organizing and more.