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Friday, January 9th, 2009

Favorite Organizing Tips from Ariana of Paper Cloud


Posted by Ali | View all posts by Ali
2 Comments » | Published in DP Designer Posts, Get Organized, Organization Blog Fest  |  2 Comments

Paper Cloud, ArianaPaper Cloud was started in 2006 by husband and wife team Matt & Ariana Broerman. They design and produce handmade pillows, lighting, apparel, and journals in their home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

When I was small – 4 or 5 – my family visited my grandparents in Florida and I found a shoebox in which I neatly organized all the things I thought were important. I now have lots more to organize, but the same desire to keep things tidy has stayed with me.

Paper Cloud Work Station

When we set up our home studio, we realized that we needed storage that could double as workspace. We bought filing cabinets and big metal drawers at an overstock liquidation outlet. Then Matt bought plywood which he finished and screwed onto the metal pieces to create long work benches. The solution was cheaper than custom cabinetry, and it provides the right amount of storage and tabletop area.

Paper Cloud Desk

I think the intangibles are harder to keep organized than a houseful of stuff, so I always write down and post everything in plain sight. Along one wall of our studio we put up cork-board where we tack up orders, swatches, and sketches. I have a smaller version above my desk. It’s a mishmash of inspiration, quickreference information, and Post-its. I keep deadlines and daily to-do’s in my weekly planner (I’d be lost without it), and luckily we always have plenty of Paper Cloud journals for brainstorming or taking notes.

Paper Cloud Organization

Organizing small items is easy in small compartments. A bead organizer is just the right size for keeping earrings in a dresser drawer. My desk drawer stays neat with a similar organizer with removable dividers that allow for larger and smaller sections. A wire desk tray keeps a bathroom shelf tidy.

About Ali

I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.



  1. Nikki - Logo Design Guru says:

    January 9th, 2009 at 12:13 pm (#)

    Thanks. I think we can all use a little organization in such a chaotic world. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Webby Design Guru says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 11:35 am (#)

    Interesting stuff! Thanks for discussing something about organizing things, it is really essential in everyday life.

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