"There are photos that float around the internet these days of new, shiny makerspaces that are starkly decorated rooms with bright colors and fresh paint.Um, I may have even taken some photos like this of our maker space when we opened it. The floors are spotless, the tables sparkly, and the materials are no where to be seen. Nobody is talking about managing a space filled with stuff. I know, I know. Making is NOT about the stuff. But at the end of the day, the details do matter. It’s like an art room combined with a science room, mixed with an engineering space.
But then reality sets in. There is STUFF. Cardboard. Fat markers. Thin markers. Permanent markers. Dry erase markers. Duct tape. Masking tape. Clear tape. Cardboard. More cardboard. More cardboard. And that? It’s the tip of the iceberg."