Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 10/29/2011 11:32:58 PM|
Before reading I can already tell you I am going to start small. My dh would be very unhappy if I emptied my whole room.
My intent is to remove every item that doesn't have a home. I will also be removing any items that have a home that isn't working for me. I have a few large plastic rubbermaid style bins that I will put these items in until I can find their new home.
I will check back in after reading and working through this weeks job.
Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 10/29/2011 11:48:30 PM|
I dont think I need to go for broke because I have started this challenge several times and have worked on things as I could. It looks good, but still needs some work.
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 10/29/2011 11:52:14 PM|As a veteran, (2 or 3 times ), I would say go for broke. Why??
I *always* did the start small - focused on the problem areas, ignored the ones I thought were fine. This time not sure why I decided to go for broke... especially this time, but I did. O.M.G. What a revelation!!
1) I can pack a heck of a lot into my half (OK, 3/4 ) of our 10x10 office space.
2) When just half of the room was cleared out I started really thinking about the furniture setup. I grabbed DH's measuring tape and figured out I *could* actually move things around. (I really thought I was stuck with the way the desk/shelves were).
3) I have way too much stuff. It's amzing once you get everything out of the room how MUCH stuff you really have... I do have pictures, but I'll have to wait until I find the camera cord to upload them ...
4) I desparately need to vaccum my room I haven't used photo splits in about 3 years ... yet there's at least a couple dozen blue tabs on the floor
I would really consider doing the clean slate .... I really wish I did the first time
ETA : We're having family over for DS's bday party in 2 weeks... Not sure where I'm going to put everything, but I'm still glad I did it.
And Crisann, I finally lost one of my shelves
Sugar Snap Pea
|Posted: 10/30/2011 12:14:36 AM|
Small. There just isn't any place for me to empty all of my stuff into, and things in my life are such that I may have to get my house company ready at any time.
I know paper is next on the list and that is one of my biggest problems, so I may just get a head start on that now, at least getting all my paper into one room all together (I have no scrap room--a corner and then stuff in various locations in my housee. )
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
|Posted: 10/30/2011 3:58:49 AM|Oh gosh...what to do!?! I am having company coming next weekend and we will be having out Thanksgiving dinner then. My sister is visiting from Tennessee and in-laws from New Mexico (I'm in Texas) and she will be here the entire week. She's coming specifically to scrapbook with me! LoL!!! I plan to do a clean sweep, but it's going to have to wait a couple of weeks till I have more space to do it (no company in the spare rooms). I have an old kitchen table in the garage and I might have dh put together and go ahead and move the mini sofa out of my room, that way both of us will be able to scrap together in that room instead of moving to another room to scrap. I have a few ideas about how to make it workable during this time, I'm just not so sure they are going to work.
I really could kick myself for not doing this a year ago, when dh put the new floor into my scrap room. I had every single thing out! But because I was in school and didn't have the time to really mess with anything, we just put everything back like it was. No problems were really solved then, just an absolutly beautiful new floor to look at everyday!
I've really been hunting the web and trying to come up with some solutions to some of my greatest challenges. I've found one or two so far, but the going hasn't been easy! Anyway, I've posted an overview of my scrap room/office as it is right now and until I can pull everything back out again!
|Posted: 10/30/2011 9:08:28 AM|
I think I will start small. I will move everything so that I can vaccuum, and probably find things. Then I will pack up all the stuff that is on my desk and shelves, those seem to be the 2 areas that need the most help.
|Scrapping goal for 2010:
DS Album - Finish 2006
- Finish 2007
DD Album - Finish 2006
- June 2007
Loc: Near Seattle
|Posted: 10/30/2011 9:10:43 AM|I am not pulling everything out, since it's a corner of the guest room there is no place for me to put it except the garage and dampness would be a problem. I spent a while yesterday sitting on the bed looking at the corner and trying to decide what shelves I need to add and how to arrange it all, I think I have a direction now and will just work on the areas that need help each week, some of the areas already work fine. I tried to load a picture but cannot get it to work right now
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
|Posted: 10/30/2011 10:09:17 AM|Aargh! Decisions, decisions... I would love to go for broke, but my scrap area is also my office and I painted my walls and furniture last December, so there is no major refurbishment needed.
Ok, I need to get all the 'other' stuff off my shelves - books, especially. That will give me space to work and organise my problem areas. Time to collect some boxes.
And I like the order to sort kind with kind into seperate boxes. I have photos all over the place, kids school stuff mixed in with everything on the bookshelf, etc.
Hmm, maybe I can do this without totally removing everything
I'm not the kind of person to start something and not finish but; well 'but'. It really seems kind of daunting all of a sudden.
|Posted: 10/30/2011 12:07:13 PM|
Small, of course, because first of all, my home is so small (well, I mean small for the four of us... The boys take ALL the space !), I don't even think of a place to put things, really.
And secondly, I don't think that I can/want right now spend too much money to buy things to store my stuff, it just have to fit where it is already. I only want to organize and store it... And it is yet a BIG thing !
And above all : we hope that we will move soon, so...
ÂµBut I thnk that I took some advance on the third round because I began to store everything as well as I could (not really oraganizing but just storing), I purged a lot, and, well, it began to look not so bad !
Soon, I will be able to put pictures here !
Loc: Florida ... for now ...
|Posted: 10/30/2011 1:38:58 PM|Hello,
I have unnoficially joined this challenge at least once in the past. I gave up after a couple of weeks (Lack of time, plus I was pretty organized back then). I think I am pretty good in organization by myself, but I have found a challenge, I no longer have a room to myself but only a side. Yet I have managed to store some of my stuff in my DD's desk and the closet too. We have a 10x11 room with 3 desk areas. One corner desk for my daugther (used to be my desk), one "L" shaped desk for my husband (used to be mine too) and an almost new 8 foot table for me. I love my table! I think that so far I like this the best. Is wide enough for me to spread out even if I have other stuff on my "desk". I have learned over the years that I work better when my stash is easily visible and easy to reach...so no cabinets for me. I am also short, so any big book cases don't work either (I have tried) I am a gadget person so it seems imposible to me to purge them. I don't have much new scrappy stuff. I have been collecting for over 8 years though. I do not need to have the greatest and the latest in order to scrap. I am tired of all my stuff taking over my room. I no longer have space to scrap without having to throw on the floor half my project
It also seems like we will be moving, so I wonder if I should bother organizing here when I might need to move again.
Oh gosh! What should I do? It seems like I will just have to keep an eye on this challenge and start packing so my new scrap area works better for me, or does anybody has any better suggestions?
Sorry for my rambling,
Giving up is not an option.
English, Spanish, Japanese
Loc: Orange County
|Posted: 10/30/2011 10:19:45 PM|I moved into my apartment two months ago... so already started. So I guess it's more like getting things into workable condition for me.
|Posted: 10/31/2011 10:40:31 AM|
BABY STEPS HERE........It took me 10 years collecting
My plan is to do one section at a time.
This week I'm goning to try to hit all my over flow spots in the house.
Im going to price to sell when I goto my crop in 2 weeks.
Then donate the rest.
Whatever I make I'm going to get me a Joanns gift card.
Have a Scrappy Happy week
|Posted: 10/31/2011 12:47:02 PM|
I did the clean slate during the last round and it was AWESOME! I highly recommend it if, like me, you have a room that no one else really uses (mine is our bonus room over the garage, shared with our home gym). It was a gigantic mess for a while, but I could finally see what needed to be purged and where everything could go in an organized manner. So this time I won't need to do the clean slate, but I AM rethinking of rearranging my shelving unit. So I may do a "mini clean slate" in the shelves!
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
|Posted: 11/1/2011 3:44:15 AM|Ok, I've decided to do a clean slate of my bookcase but just re-organise everything else. Warned everyone that there would be a few boxes standing around for a while.
I must say, as soon as I started packing some stuff in boxes (ran out of boxes to seperate each category) I got very excited and now I can't wait to tackle the problems. I'm going to have to stop myself trying to do everything at once and take this week by week.
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
|Posted: 11/1/2011 8:32:18 AM|I'll just take it one step at the time. I "went for broke" (this is a funny expression for a foreigner, lol!) this summer when we moved to a new apartment so I don't think I have to do it again this soon. Some of my stuff is already organized the way I want it so there's no need to stir those things up again.
UseYourStash.com New resource on using what you have. Even if you are shopping for new stuff, you have to use it or get a bigger scrap room. ;D
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 11/1/2011 9:57:59 AM|
While I would love to start with a clean slate, there just isn't anyway for me to do that. My mom is coming at the end of this week for a lengthy visit. So that eeks into my space.
It helps that my furniture functional as is and staying put. But I'm hoping to "clean slate" in sections as we work through this challenge.
...that's why they make blue cars and red cars.
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 11/1/2011 11:36:52 AM|So my room was half emptied into the family room and sorted into "piles". I moved the furniture I wanted to move, DH vacuumed and because "certain things only fit on certain shelves", I started putting stuff away
Also, as my big compromise to DH (and because we have really hectic weekends coming up), I moved everything back INTO my room.
BUT before you think and what was the point of that ... let me explain. I moved the one shelf back into my room and that's where a lot of the overflow of "stuff to be sorted through" is going to live during this challenge. Small amounts of things are here - my ribbon, dies/cricut/cuttlebug stuff, extra embelishments, and extra storage things that I'm keeping handy during the challenge.
So there is a massive amount of Idea books/magazines as well as a rubbermaid bin FULL of paper ... about 3 feet worth. The good thing is that paper is next week so I'm getting started on that tonight... and the best thing is that it's all organized and in one spot so it's not a big deal.
I also have several Jetmax cubes that need to be assembled ... but I'm going to wait and see if those are something I actually need before I attempt to put them together.
I still have 2 bookshelves and a cart in the other half of my room that needed to get emptied, but I ran out of sorting room on the weekend. Those are staying as is for now, but the goal is when the week is stamps, to get ALL the stamps in one pile so I can see everything I have.
Question - If you're doing a partial clean slate, what are you using to corral all the items for the week??
Loc: middle of a 3-boy circus
|Posted: 11/1/2011 2:26:27 PM|
Well, I really have to go clean slate because the room has been my 'junk' room for years and I need to paint. I need to sort and remove the non-sewing and painting stuff and move it all out. Goint to try to do this without dumping it all in my scraproom/office. While I'm in that groove (and if I find any time) I'll tidy up the scraproom/office as well. Lots of filing to do and somehow the boys toys & books are on my floor. How'd that happen?
Michelle, love how you're getting excited about going for a clean slate. It is amazing and worth the temporary chaos!
|Posted: 11/1/2011 5:30:34 PM|
Officially "starting small" here. Over Christmas break I'm planning to do the major haul OUT so we can paint and put down new flooring, then put it all back IN. I figure if I'm downsized and organized now, that will go a whole lot better!
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
|Posted: 11/1/2011 6:37:26 PM|I posted all the pictures of my space on my blog today. I feel like I'm revealing a little piece of my soul! LoL!!! It also feels great because now I have an accountability factor here. Here's
my Scrapbook Room/Office.
Annnnd.....I had the best suprise waiting for me when I woke up today. Dh took the mini sofa out of my room and put in the old kitchen table. It looks fabulous and I think it will be a keeper even after my sister leaves!! I'll have to post pics later tonight since I have to get ready for work right now.
Loc: Somewhere outside Seattle
|Posted: 11/2/2011 2:17:49 AM|I went for broke in round 2 round 2 blog entry here
I think this time I may start small and then clean slate the rest after Christmas....maybe...
However, if it is your first time I highly endorse the clean sweep method!
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Loc: Lubbock, Texas
|Posted: 11/2/2011 6:58:08 AM|I love your blog entry Amanda!!! Ever since I have been lurking on this challenge post you have kept me highly entertained!
Well....I finally posted the pictures of my new (old) table a little bit ago. I want to hurry and go home so I can sleep fast and get up early to go to my room and just admire that silly table!!! LoLoL!!!
|Posted: 11/2/2011 1:53:40 PM|
I'm a bit late getting to this one this week but I am making a start. I cleaned out the closet in my craft room the other afternoon and managed to persuade himself to get rid of some of the coats and jackets that are hanging in there. It would have been better if I could have got him to dispose of all of them but I am getting a bit closer to fitting some of my supplies in there.
I've also sorted a lighting problem I didn't realise I had by buying a daylight lamp. I've always had a daylight bulb in the main light fitting but have recently realised that when I am working at the desk area we created earlier in the year that light is behind me and I am creating a serious shadow on my work. I'm really pleased that I got this sorted, and that the lamp had 1/3 off.
If I am totally honest I would love to go for a full out clean slate but since I have nowhere else to put my stash I am going to have to go for a smaller approach. My aim this week is to clear the worktop off completely and look again at how I can best organise the space to reflect how I work
|Posted: 11/2/2011 2:02:07 PM|
Just had to say that I LOVE your color bins, Julie! The white bins with the ribbon and little colored butterflies is SUCH an adorable idea! And I do love your "old" table in that room. It's really pretty!
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
|Posted: 11/2/2011 5:28:51 PM|
Thanks Beth! I really want to find some more of those butterfly embellishments to go on all of my color bins since I only have them on 5 of them. I will be going to a craft show this weekend so I'm hoping I find some then!
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
|Posted: 11/3/2011 7:03:09 AM|Ok, here are my 'before' photos: Michelle's scraproom
The orientation on the photos are wrong, but you can get a good idea of what's happening. The pile of boxes shows I've started to clear my bookcase. The big one with all the albums at the bottom is my big problem.
I've also started purging my magazines and creating an ideas file from them. This I can do in front of the TV with the family in the evenings... So far I've about halved my mag stash. I've even purged some old creatingkeepsakes which I thought I never would. Ok, so they WERE from 2006
Need to find lots more boxes... Amanda, I also love your post-it idea to mark each category. I'm already losing track of what is in each box.
Loc: Northwest PA
|Posted: 11/3/2011 2:20:00 PM|I'm switching rooms so I'm going for broke. Here's my blogpost.
|Posted: 11/3/2011 3:05:20 PM|
I just did this challenge last round (and finished) and finally have my supplies pretty well organized all though they can use some tweaks and additional organizing here and there. But I really don't want to box up all of my rubber stamps and take them out of my room, because right now they are perfectly organized on my wall, KWIM? Why do that work all over again? To make them better organized this round I plan to work on a stamp inventory book. Same goes with lots of the other categories-a little tweak here and there, but not major overhaul.
So I'm going to say neither, if that's allowed. BTW, to the newbies: Stick with this!! I know we have Thanksgiving coming up and Christmas, but we will take breaks during those weeks. If you stick with this until the end you will be amazed how much better your room is organized. You will be able to create much faster because you now know where everything is, and everything has a place. You will feel much happier when you enter your clean and organized space. I've only done this challenge once before but it was amazing!
Debbie in MD.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Isanti, MN
|Posted: 11/3/2011 8:58:55 PM|
I was going to start small but I am now picking up 15 jetmax cubes and 2 desks. i will get them on Saturday. I will be taking everything out and replacing with the new cubes. I also have a few extra cubes, and a 6 cube cabmet with 4 cloth bins. Can't wait to get it together.
Sylvia in MN
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
|Posted: 11/4/2011 12:21:21 AM|
Michelle... I love that green wall!!! T thought about painting some really bright colors in my room but I decided against it because I scrap mostly at night and the lamps can sometimes make the walls glow if you KWIM?!?!
Shelby...your room is lovely! I can't wait to see you all moved in to it!
Michele...I can't wait to see pictures!!
Sylvia...I envy you being able to buy all of your storage at one time! I had to buy my jetmax cubes one at a time and I had to stack them up in the garage till it was time to put them all into my room. Dh said he wouldn't put them together one at a time. It was kinda fun to to put them all in at once, but a little overwhelming...kinda like this challenge!
Dh is totally spoiling me this week. I guess he figures that since I haven't spent too much money on scrapping lately he would buy me something. Well "something" turned into 2 somethings....we went to walmart when I woke up today and got 2 closet maid 9 cubie shelves and he put them up already. So I guess my clean slate is kinda done...I have all the pieces in place and now I need to organize what I have! I'll post pics tomorrow of the new shelves.
Loc: Northwest Ohio
|Posted: 11/4/2011 12:37:33 PM|
I'm going to start small. I have a small room, with not much wall space because of closets, built in shelves and doorways, so I can't really move around any "furniture" that I have. Also, some of my areas are pretty well organized, they just need some tweaking. And for once, when I actually start organizing a section, I need to finish it!!! I'd have to say that next week won't be much of a struggle for me, because I took a good chunk of time last year and worked on organizing my paper. I just need to tweak a few parts of it now and also add some labels. Though, some of the other weeks, such as photos, ideas, stamps, etc will be a struggle. Looking forward to hearing how everyone is going to organize.
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 11/4/2011 2:33:08 PM|
I read through everything. I love the idea of going for broke, but it is not a possibility for me right now.
I have decided that I will follow through with my original plan which is to remove all of the items that are out of place or do not have a place that works.
I will be following along each week and working on that area. I can't wait to start the paper next week and I am super excited that we will have an extra week to work on it since it will be our Thanksgiving break.
As we come to weeks that deal with my 3 full rubbermaid boxes of displaced/homeless items I will be able to put them into their rightful place.
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
|Posted: 11/6/2011 4:06:56 AM|Heehee, I'm getting bolder and bolder as I go along...
I have decided today (ok, sometime in the middle of last night) that I'm unpacking my bookcase anyway; I might as well move it closer to my desk - into the same room!
DH has gone in to work, so he's in for a surprise when he gets back. Now i'll just have to keep him from putting his work-related stuff on there while it's empty, waithing for the rest of the challenge...
I really thought this challenge would have me only tweeking my existing space, but it's taking on a life of it's own I think I'm in love with organising.
Loc: Among dust bunnies
|Posted: 11/12/2011 3:11:21 AM|I'm so happy to this thread so active!
I'm doing an in-between thing. Not clean slate in the sense that I'm pulling everything out of the room and starting over. But I AM pulling everything out of its place and onto the floor
Since I'm comitted to fitting everything into the space I have available, I'm sure I'll have to do some hard prioritizing down the road. Better then to have everything out. I think.
The stuff's been sitting out for a while, and I can't wait to start putting it away.