The 'benefits' of not being too organized? (a discussion)

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Posted 4/5/2014 by looser in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 4/5/2014 11:33:02 AM
Those familiar with me as a forum member already know that organizing my materials is not my forte--to say the least. And, while I appreciate those who share requests & advice on organizing , I remain content to have some idea which pile, box or envelope might contain something I want to find/use. Sometimes frustrating? Yep. But I don't expect a change in my ways anytime soon.

What I do know is that I'm not the only person on this forum who does minimal organizing. So here's our chance to share the benefits of being a 'casual' organizer. Totally dis-organized posters are also welcome.


Daniel R. Boone

looser
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Posted: 4/5/2014 11:38:50 AM
I keep lots of stuff in those priority-mail (large) envelopes. Every now & then I run across one that I haven't looked in for awhile. That happened today & it's like getting a Christmas present. This envelope has stamped images, cs, PP, & much more. What fun!

So my first 'benefit' is the "Surprise" one.

Who's next?


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Posted: 4/5/2014 12:27:13 PM
*Brain studies indicate 50+sters benefit from brain games. I do believe that mentally tracking what's in each box qualifies.


*Disclaimer-responding to this post does not necessarily designate me as a causal organizer


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Posted: 4/5/2014 12:56:36 PM
LOL, Jan! Yeah. I do the mental track, but I bought a pair of X-ray vision glasses & they really help.

Puzzles? Love'em! Including people who puzzle me, But I puzzle lots of people, too.

Thanks for a great post.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/5/2014 5:16:00 PM
I'm not really an organised person, so I can relate!

I can see many benefits in my non-craft life - eg. If I don't anticipate that we'll need jumpers while out, and then it gets cold, I can undoubtedly find some in the car somewhere.

Apart from the occasional "ooh, I forgot I had that!" moment, though, I can't think of any benefits in my craft life! I'm sure there ARE some, but all I can recall is the frustration! Sorry , not very helpful to the discussion.


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Posted: 4/5/2014 10:01:38 PM
Daniel good topic, I crafted hap hazardly while I worked and now that I am retired it is bothering the heck out of me, un-organization. I am
tackling it but it is overwhelming. I just want it neat and tidy and de cluttered. I can't stand it any longer.
I have been finding all kinds of treasures in my "getting tidy mode" Is it now amazing how we accumulate when we have the space. the more space the more we save.
Several years ago hubby bought me a building downtown-right next to one he owns. That is my craft space, two floors, My goal is to open it up for workshops and creative retreats.

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Posted: 4/6/2014 10:37:00 AM
Interesting posts. Thanks for all of them.

Another 'benefit' of under-organizing my supplies--especially my stamps is that when I 'know' what stamp(s) I want, I have to find them. While searching, I almost always spot something that will take the 'known' into a totally different direction. Most times that's a 'good' thing for me.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 4/6/2014 10:45:52 AM
Your kids learn to leave mommy's craft items alone. I have a closet, yes a closet for storage. I casually use it. I craft at the kitchen table. Most days there is a project or supplies in one corner of the table. I am pretty relaxed with letting my kids use my supplies. However, they learned at a young age to leave the general craft pile alone and just ask mom if they wanted something.
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Posted: 4/6/2014 11:12:36 AM
I think being organized works better for me, in all areas, not that I live up to it. My theory is that it is a personality thing. Many highly creative people then hire someone to be their organizer, I think.

Off topic: My older DS is pretty much allowed to use my craft supplies. He knows that he is to clean up after himself (to his ability). I prefer that he is creative and does his own thing rather than me setting him up a craft.


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Posted: 4/6/2014 11:38:30 AM
I'm a pretty organized person and don't work well with things unorganized. I still misplace things from time to time and it drives me crazy when I do. I wish I wasn't this way because I often stress myself out trying to keep things orderly.

My dad's desk always looks like a bomb went off on it and I remember as a kid I would go to work with him and his office was always messy looking but he always knew where things were and liked his piles of things around him.
To each his own I guess!

I did recently come across a box of diecuts and a stamp set I had been missing and I have to say it was like Christmas morning when I found it!

I just recently let my 3 year old use some of my inks and stamps. Gotta say he made a nice background and he even put the lids back on the ink pads when done. He's turning into quite the little stamper.


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Posted: 4/6/2014 1:40:59 PM
Like our DD has done (it has to be visible) store by areas and use containers (baskets, totes, or Iris drawers).


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Posted: 4/7/2014 9:08:51 AM
I am one of THOSE, LOL! that has to be highly organized. I have soooooo much stuff that I would never find anything and would become very frustrated. Even when I am working and things start piling up, I have to clean up some so that I can think again! I envy those who can just go and pick up something, work a little and have a beautiful result. I have a friend like that. She has piles of things everywhere and can just grab some things and make a wonderful project.

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Posted: 4/7/2014 11:15:29 AM
Oh boy! I am definitely one of those that you might class as a casual organizer…if you were being kind, or totally disorganized if you were not. There are many things about being like this that are annoying, like knowing you have a certain stamp or tool but being unable to find it in a timely manner. However, for me at least, I do think that in many cases out of chaos comes creativity.

Like Daniel I will often, while looking for one thing, find something else that takes a project in a different and fun direction. Also, a lot of project ideas have sprung simply from the juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated stamps, or supplies, on my jumbled work table. An inspiration which would never had occurred had I been a neater worker who faithfully put the leftovers from one project away, before starting another.

And I've also experienced the 'gift' aspect of finding a box or package of stuff I had stuffed away in a hurry, at some point, forgotten about, and then come across unexpectedly later.

I don't think I will ever be a real neat freak or rigid organizer and I don't really think I want to be... BUT…having said that, I do think there comes a time, every now and then, when it is necessary to get a hold on things and move back to a somewhat organized state in order to recreate a new form of chaos and I think I've just about reached that point in my crafting (and in fact in my house in general) now.

All of which is a great lead in to saying that I'll probable not be very active on the board for a few weeks. I think a big spring cleaning and reorganizing is on the cards for the next little while, as well as a clean up of my garden before the growing season begins so crafting will be on the back burner for now. I do hope to check in to see what all the stamp peas are up to but probably won't have anything of my own to contribute till I come out the other side of the big shake up.

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Posted: 4/7/2014 11:39:54 AM
LOL, GC! Just when I get an 'ally', she decides to do Spring Cleaning & take a sabbatical!

Great post, JoAnne! Love your 'chaos' theory! Mine is similar.

Actually? I'm kinda due for a bit of 'redding up' with some of my materials, but no plans to go into an organized frenzy.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:28:20 AM
I'm a weird hybrid. My work desk sounds very much like LeighAnn's dad's. I got piles everywhere but I mostly know what's on them.

Craftwise, I currently on an organizing kick. Part of that is necessity. I married a man who hates clutter. I'm still not sure how I missed that before we got married. So I can't let chaos reign in my craft space for too long. Although, my craft closet has spent most of its life in chaos.

Usually, I have a tipping point. I can live with the chaos and clutter up to a point and then I go on an organizing kick.

I agree, finding stuff in the chaos can be like Christmas. But I've also experienced the frustration of not being able to find something I need. And with my current reorganization, I'm finding that I'm using much neglected supplied because it is easier to get to them than it was when complete chaos reigned in my closet. I've used my Twinkle H2Os more in the last month than I have in the last couple of years.




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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:53:26 AM
This is a fun conversation, I love the replies so far!

I definitely have a hard time putting things away and an even harder time getting rid of anything. I tried hiring an organizer ... we made a dent, but it didn't really last. She made me purge first because I just had too much stuff, which I will admit ... but it was torturous and there are a few things I still regret letting go She noticed that I sometimes talk about my craft supplies like they are people as in, "they're not hurting anything, being there!"

The benefits of my cluttered state? I do find that while digging for one thing I might find another. The "Christmas effect" is always fun! Oh, and another thing ... when I'm tired I can just go to bed! No compulsion to pick up first! Sometimes I'll pick up a little for the sake of DH's sanity, or at least shove it behind a closed door.

The downside ... it is getting almost dangerous and I know that if I trip and fall over craft supplies my husband will probably laugh and leave me there!


Cindi



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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:55:03 AM
Daniel,
It sounds like you've been playing Kit in an Envelope for a long time! Our monthly challenge is a great product of your loose organization method!


Cindi



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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:11:49 AM
As I sit here at my workspace, there are piles around me and I don't know what is in them. I am at that stage in my life, where if I lay something down and turn around it has moved and I have to spend time looking for it again. Thought about hanging items that I am working on from the bottom of a cabinet or from the ceiling.

I used to be a Type A personally when I was working and I still occasionally try to be one. But as soon as I have everything in it's place and off the floor, a challenge comes along or two or three and then I am here again, taking what I am working on down to the kitchen table.

Because of my age, I am forgiven for my mess, but the inner child doesn't like it very well. Also time is a factor - being with dgs, crafting, laundry, housework, husband, and all matter of time comsuming fun things - my mess is my mess and I will fix it on a rainy day maybe.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:31:56 AM
LOL to all the recent posts. Glad we all have a strong sense of humor about this topic.

Lickey. I hearya on the turn-around-moving. Happens to me all the time. Worst part is I'm usually looking right at what I've lost & my eyesight is ok. We all have 'blind spots' when in the throes of creating.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:38:40 AM
I agree that this is a fun thread! It's interesting to here how everyone works.

I'm actually getting a little better about crafting when the house isn't clean. Not sure why I have that mind set
I was thinking I guess I have organized chaos. I have a few 12x12 iris boxes that I use as my project bins. They're a mess when you open them up. I have one for stamped images, one for pp, cardstock and ribbon scraps, one for most used tools and one for works in progress. Some are busting a bit at the seams but my piles are contained in those boxes.

Something i wanted to mention, I remember watching a video on YT recently where this crafter had these 2 magazine holders. One was for scraps, the other was for donate.
She used every inch of her scraps and recycled them into other pieces. Even small pieces of paper she would punch or diecut a shape out of. When her box got full, she made up kits with them and she donates them to shelters, senior centers, home school moms, etc. I thought that was such a good idea and one that I've been working on doing. Once I get enough kits made, I'm going to donate them to our women's shelter.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 3:27:36 PM
LeighAnn, that is a great idea about putting kits together to give away! I will have to start that. I have so much scrap paper. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Posted: 4/13/2014 8:00:54 AM
I have tried to get my stuff organized for countless of times but after the ordeal of making it pleasing to the eyes comes the turmoil of remembering which box this and that are. So I gave up and just craft away. Amazingly I remember where to look for something amid the peaceful chaos. Ironic isn't it? LOL

Benefit? It sharpens my memory and makes me complete hidden object games in no time.


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