I started with two rolls of washi – one of those two packs you get at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for under $4. I figured two rolls would give me a couple of options and be all that I need. The next trip to the craft store, I grabbed another two pack only because they were on sale. I didn’t even use them in my planner at first – I couldn’t figure out how to make it look right. Fast forward a bit and I now have more rolls than anyone needs (though I’m sure there are thousands with a much larger collection).
Through this time, it became necessary to find the best washi storage for my ever growing collection. This means, I’ve tried a lot of different options and have takeaways from all of them that I’d like to share with you. If you want to see what I use now in full span, it will be important to check the video before reading the takeaways in this blog post.
Watch the Video to see what I use now – then scroll the blog post for featured products and a breakdown
Washi Storage Reviews
The Clear Plastic Box
- Inexpensive – they run for less than $10 and quite a bit less if you pick one up locally.
- Small case makes it easy to store anywhere or tote along with you.
- They are very limited in space – it would take 10+ of these to store my washi and that isn’t feasible.
- The lid smooshes your washi or sometimes won’t shut all the way
The Stackable Dispenser
- I can see the washi on display which is more inspiring to use
- Inexpensive – I think mine were $4.99 each.
- The serrated edge is just a dangerous decoration – without two handing it, there is no cutting washi tape with it.
- Small and will only hold a few rolls at a time which isn’t good washi storage for those of us who have a collection.
- Stacking it is frustrating because one bump and it topples over
- Inexpensive with coupon at your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby
- Holds a lot of washi
- Fold down drawers makes it easy to see what you have on hand
- Great stackability and design
- My washi is hidden.
- Plastic isn’t all that attractive
I still use this one for my holiday washi – it topped my list of best options, but it missed one really important factor: Visualization of all of my washi – without visualization, I have no inspiration.
Washi Storage – My Best Find – See Video for a full look!
All the best finds happen at Goodwill… or at least the best shelves. Shelving is one of the very few things I’ve ever purchased there as a matter of fact!
I finally opted for an open wall unit to store my washi.
- Large and holds all of my washi – I actually have room to grow my collection
- Easily customizable to match the decor
- I can see what I have on hand, open storage is inspiring
- Inexpensive – this was $7ish.
- I can’t find another one because it’s one of a kind.
Don’t let the fact that my wall shelf is a unique find discourage you – you can find many shelves at your local thrift stores, there are also other shelving units you could try – just make sure that they are large and open for your washi storage.
You could also use several of the floating photo ledge shelves as washi storage, just check the measurements to make sure that a roll of washi will fit easily in an upright position.