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Organization: The Key To Keeping Your Sanity!

Making soap is fun, creative, and therapeutic. It is also addictive and can consume time and space you probably didn’t take into account. Equipment, supplies, and other materials are essential to making handcrafted soap. However, so is organization.

Why is it crucial to be organized?

Knowing where to find recipes, supplier information, or a customer’s data, you have to be organized. You must know where to find that information quickly. Organization is key to keeping track of inventory, reordering raw materials, paying taxes, and the overall functioning of your hobby or business.

What areas should I consider organizing?

NO area is off limits in the organization game! The more things you have in order, the more effective you’ll become as a soapmaker. Consider the following:

·         Raw materials (oils, butter’, fragrances/essential oils, additives, and colorants)

·         Equipment (cutter, mixing bowls, scale, measuring cups, and molds)

·         Finished products

·         Labeling/decorative supplies

·         Packaging & Shipping materials

·         Suppliers

·         Inventory

·         Recipes

·         Bookkeeping System (digital, binder, combination)

The above list is a brief suggestion of topics that would benefit from a systemic organization. It doesn’t matter if you are a hobbyist or a budding entrepreneur. Having a place for everything and everything in its place will keep you from losing your mind and becoming frustrated with yourself if you take the time and invest in organizing things in such a way that works for YOU.

How do I begin getting organized?

Keep it simple and start small. Never underestimate the power of humble beginnings. I keep my records in a 3-ring binder. I create my templates and update them as needed. I have dividers from the dollar store, and I use clear document-pocket dividers for creating larger organization categories in my “Reference” binder. I have evolved to a couple now.

If you’re like me and have limited space, I suggest creating multi-functional space saving options that are also organizational.  One example is shelving. Using shelves helps for having multiple areas and tiers for storing items. I even group materials/supplies that I frequently use together. I tend to keep those items close to my work area.

Make the best of the resources you have. Keep all areas clean and neat. Also, remember that little steps lead to significant strides. Take your time, learn your craft, document everything, and never stop learning!

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