Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cookie Cutter Organization

Despite telling myself I don't need any more cookie cutters, I can't help but browse the cookie cutter "department" whenever I am shopping.  And while I already have a large collection, I inevitably see one I don't have.  I try to rationalize with myself, but I always imagine it could come in handy some day.  And when they are available for a bargain basement price, how can I resist?  Of course sometimes I splurge or really need a specific cutter and then I order them from one of my two favourite places to order from: Ecrandal Copper Cookie Cutters or How Sweet Is That.

I scored big time when I stumbled across this box of 100 cutters for $14!

I am a visual person and do best when I can see what I am looking for.  So I photograph each of my cutters along with all of the others of the same category (all the flowers, all the hearts, all the dogs, etc).  I store these pictures digitally on my laptop, so I can quickly pull up the picture I need.

The measuring tape and the ruler help me gauge the size of the cutters in the picture.

Seeing the cutters like this also helps me to find the cutter I am looking for.  If I know the cutter is made of pink plastic, it is easier to find in a drawer of 40+ cutters.

Since January is traditionally a slower month for me, it was a good time to go through each of my cookie cutter drawers, finding some missing cutters (yes, my Elmo cutter was found!) and photograph all my new cutters with their appropriate mates.  I really enjoy doing this and suspect I could find a lot of work doing this for other cookie artists!

I also cross-reference the data by putting the photograph into an Excel spreadsheet.  There I keep track of where each cutter is stored, the running total of cutters in each drawer and the total number of cutters.  I am currently in possession of 974 cookie cutters.  Yes, I hope to use each one at least once!!

Back in 2011, I stored my cookie cutters in 3 drawers, today I am using 20! I keep these four drawer units by my island, the two bins you see on top of the middle units go into a kitchen cupboard and then I have a drawer in my kitchen just for cutters too!

For more information about my dedicated cookie kitchen, please visit my "about me" section of my website here.

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