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I've got a big bunch of silks, thumb-tips, cards, coins, dice, paddles, and all sorts of random small magic objects that are all over the place, and I'm looking for some inspiring ideas of how to organize this mess! How do you organize all your magic paraphernalia, especially the small objects? Ideally I'd like to have it all inside a large cabinet with doors, but I'm open to all suggestions. Any help would be appreciated!

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Problem solved:

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I think this would be better suited in this location:

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I asked the moderators to move this to the 'Where to put it all' section.

Zauindro, it would indeed be great if all my props could fit in that one bag. Maybe I should make that my goal!

I once bought an old Typographic Printer's Tray from an antique shop: it has dozens and dozens of little compartments for all kinds of doodads, and it can be hung on the wall so everything is eye level and accessible. but then a friend of mine warned me that it was probably full of lead, so I got rid of it.

It would be cool if people posted pictures of how they organize/arrange their props.
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Tried to post a photo but couldn't...
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I have found that if you can buy a decent Jewelry armoire on sale they make an excellent small prop organizer. The one I picked up a few years ago even has a hinged top with a mirror underneath.
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Funny you should say that, Loopback! I was using a jewelery armoire a few years back, and then I got married and gave it to my wife to use for her jewelery, and I forgot all about it! Thanks for the reminder; I'm going to try to find another one on sale.
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I use one of these with a black frame and clear drawers, for some of the small stuff: http://www.sterilite.com/SelectProduct.h......ection=1 Small drawers are ideal for the small stuff, as long as they're not too small or too big. You want to be able to locate things without opening a bunch of drawers and at a glance, when the right drawer is located.
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I like the clear drawers idea, Alan, but I'm looking for something a bit nicer than a plastic unit. Now if there was a glass version of that...
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Try the ITSO storage units from Target. They have plastic as well as "nicer" options. http://www.target.com/s/itso
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I finished half my basement for a game room last summer. I staked out space for a magic closet. Problem solved. An alternative would be to seize one of the closets in your house and put it off limits except for magic stuff. You have to have one place to put it all or you simply can't keep track of it. Whether it's an attic, garage, or basement, you need a single place for it all!
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Here's another option, a wooden tool chest: http://www.harborfreight.com/eight-drawe......ralID=NA
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On 2012-02-25 09:18, Alan Munro wrote:
Here's another option, a wooden tool chest: http://www.harborfreight.com/eight-drawe......ralID=NA


Wow, that's a beauty! Shipping costs to Canada will probably be killer though!
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On 2012-02-24 16:21, krissheppard wrote:
Try the ITSO storage units from Target. They have plastic as well as "nicer" options. http://www.target.com/s/itso


Nice selection of storage units! They're going to open the first Target store here in Montreal, Canada in a few months, I think. Until then I'll just have to wait...
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On 2012-02-25 01:55, Bob1Dog wrote:
I finished half my basement for a game room last summer. I staked out space for a magic closet. Problem solved. An alternative would be to seize one of the closets in your house and put it off limits except for magic stuff. You have to have one place to put it all or you simply can't keep track of it. Whether it's an attic, garage, or basement, you need a single place for it all!


I do have a separate area for my magic, the issue is more about organizing the little magic knick-knacks.

As it turns out, I found some nice quality small clear plastic storage bins that fit into my shelf unit (got them at Canadian Tire, for you fellow Canucks), so that seems to be working. I like having all my 'stuff' visible and easily accessible. And I'm continuing to sell off items that I don't use and probably won't use, which also helps a lot with the clutter.
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