Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010) Week 1. Space Audit.

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Posted 12/31/2009 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 302,923
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Posted: 12/31/2009 7:45:58 PM
Happy New Year's organizing peas! As promised, I'm posting this a little earlier than originally planned. I'm really not expecting to be up early tomorrow.

I'll be looking forward to reading everyone's comments and seeing your progress...

Here's a link to the overview for anyone who hasn't had the opportunity to look at it:
Organize Your Stuff Challenge-Overview.

Here are the links for Week 1:

Organize Your Stuff Challenge-Week 1. Space Audit. This is the link to Wookiemouse's blog, which has all the information you'll need for each week's challenge. Wookiemouse is full of organizing ideas/inspiration.

Organize Your Stuff Challenge-Week 1. Space Audit. This is the link to the Two Peas thread from the original challenge. You can take a look at the ideas that the peas who did this last year came up with. Hopefully, you can get some inspiration here as well.

Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

I'm stuck in my little 8x10 studio indefinitely at this point, which was really only supposed to be "until we were done remodeling," but you know how men are with doing things "at their own pace." I have too much stuff and too little space, so making this "livable" for a year or two is what's motivating me to get my scrap space organized in 2010. Oh, and I can't find a darn thing after all the shopping I've done in the last month. Haven't even put any of it away yet, so I'm NOT buying anything else that isn't absolutely necessary. Well, maybe just a few things... lol...

And one more thing, many thanks to Wookiemouse for putting all of this information together for all of us.


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Posted: 12/31/2009 8:49:55 PM
Thanks Crisann and Wookiemouse for helping to motivate us!

To answer your question: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

I am lucky enough to have a room that is dedicated to scrapbooking/being creative however this room is missing a wall that opens up into the Master bedroom.

The Master Bedroom that gentle envelopes my Darling sleeping husband when he comes home from Night shift. two to three times a week.

So in all fairness I have to let the bread winner have his sleep if not there will be a revolution! LOL

Thanks again!

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Posted: 12/31/2009 9:02:36 PM
I have a dedicated space. My scrap stuff is in there, but so is everything else. It's "the junk room" down in the basement. If I can get everything else out of there, I'll be able to use the space for scrapping and not just storage. I'm working on it, but it's slow going.

My photos are everywhere, and most of my supplies are still packed from moving in last year. My biggest motivation is that there's a chance we may be moving again this summer. Everything will have to go back into boxes, but I'm hoping to be more organized this time. Plus I need to get the room looking awesome so we can sell the house!

What works:
a kitchen table for a desk
a second surface that's a door layed across file cabinets
a bunch of sterilite 3 drawer units

What doesn't work:
dark paint and poor lighting
too much other stuff in the room that needs to find a new home
too many picture frames sitting around needing updated artwork
too much fabric and unfinished miscellaneous craft projects

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Posted: 12/31/2009 9:11:52 PM
Like MsLiz, I have a dedicated scraproom that is the 'junk room' of the house. My stuff is everywhere...garage, sunroom, I manage to get a page done is simply amazing.

I joined Wookiemouse last year, but fizzled out after a couple weeks. I got overwhelmed quickly and I found little time to dedicate to making a 'space' for myself. At least, I can find most of my useful tools and I do have a navigator full of projects I can take to crops that is ready to go at a moments notice. Hoping to do better this year!

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Posted: 12/31/2009 9:35:53 PM
I have a "computer" room off the kitchen. I'm currently purging magazines and idea books that I no longer use. Some of my magazines dated back to 2002. I've decided to keep only 2 years worth of magazines.



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Posted: 12/31/2009 10:02:44 PM
I am so ready for this challenge (and it will definitely be a challenge for me) I have a dedicated scrap room, but have also expanded into our spare bedroom. I have been collecting the white organizers from Michael's for almost a year now-I just need to get them put together and in use. I have been in graduate school which left very little time for anything else. I want to get busy scrapbooking, but the area is too messy for me to work in. I really appreciate y'all hosting this challenge and sharing ideas. I am definitely organizationally challenged! Happy organized NEW YEAR!


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Posted: 12/31/2009 10:16:37 PM
My scrap space shares a room with our home office. Most of my storage is in the closet because my littlest is two and a half and has only recently stopped trying to grab all my stuff. My table gets pretty cluttered because I'm often too tired to put things away properly when I'm done scrapping for the night. This challenge has already helped me realize that I could start using some other storage areas besides the closet.

Can't wait to get scrapping and write my 'good, bad and ugly' list!


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Posted: 12/31/2009 10:33:29 PM
I have a combination scrap room office. But it is tons big enough (about 25 feet by 15 feet) to use for both as long as I get it organised properly. The biggest problem at the moment is DH is making noises about fitting french doors into it - which will be wonderful when done but could be a bit messy in between starting and finishing.

In the meantime I think I will carry on as if nothing is going to happen and get some 'work areas' separated and sorted out within the room.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:04:05 AM
I have a scraproom, I believe it was originally designed as an office. It is about 11 x 12. It has french doors that lead into it. I really love my room BUT I know I need help making it more efficient. I look forward to going over the suggestions and making things work for me. Will check back in next week.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 4:24:30 AM
I converted my formal dining room into my scrapbook room. I love it, but it feels cramped, it is also my office. I want to get organized so I can be more efficient when scrapbooking instead of looking for supplies. I am very excited about this challenge. Hope I can keep up.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 4:25:54 AM
I converted my formal dining room into my scrapbook room. I love it, but it feels cramped, it is also my office. I want to get organized so I can be more efficient when scrapbooking instead of looking for supplies. I am very excited about this challenge. Hope I can keep up.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 5:22:35 AM
I'll post before going to bed too.

I have a dedicated space. It's half of a big room in the basement, the other half is my dd's craft area and all our school supplies (we homeschool). It started out as the schoolroom, but we never do school in there, we're always upstairs, so I took it over for scrapping. It's partly organized and decorated, I painted one wall and bought a few shelves and cubes a couple years ago, but never really finished it.

I'm really motivated to get it organized and looking nice because right now it's a big mess. I've run out of space to put things, so I haven't really been putting anything away. And now my table is so full I can't work on it, and I want to work - it's so frustrating.

I did my brainstorming this week, on what my ideal room would be like. That was fun!

Thank you to Crisann and Wookiemouse - I'm excited to get organized!



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Posted: 1/1/2010 6:25:14 AM
I'm going to try hard to jump on this.

I have a dedicated space.

I've book marked both blogs and I'll be reading later today.

thanks for doing this.

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Posted: 1/1/2010 7:10:55 AM
Hello! Happy New Year PEAS!!!! As I am currently in the process of moving out of my "scrap room" (it's a small bedroom in the very opposite corner of our family room in our lower level and is very cold and dark) and into my newly devoted scrap space! I have been doing this over the last month and have taken some of the ideas from this challenge before....I will post my progress later today and try to post pictures.............

01-01-2010 has a nice ring to it doesn't it!! SIMPLIFY is the name of the game for us!!!!


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Posted: 1/1/2010 7:11:16 AM
My space is in small bedroom with a sewing area.

Immerse yourself in your space - what do you love?

1. Bookshelf: vertical storage without taking up much floor space
2. File drawers for paper
3. Counter height work area with stool

What annoys the daylights out of you?

1. Desk top and tools need organizing, need clear work surface
2. Old stuff taking up prime storage
3. New stuff does not have a place
4. Die storage not working
5. Need to purge old hobbies and clear closet space



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Posted: 1/1/2010 7:27:05 AM
I, too, am lucky enough to have a scrap space rather than just a table. My scraproom is also where the family computer is, so there are other things in the room as well. I must admit that my scrapping supplies/electronics take up about 95% of the space. I have to say that I have so many supplies/paper that I don't even know what I have anymore. That is why I want to tackle this challenge over the coming weeks. I think that my first step is to just stop buying more. I've become more a scrap supply buyer than a scrap supply user.

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Posted: 1/1/2010 7:59:18 AM
I have a dedicated corner of the living room with shelves up to the ceiling for storage. I keep my paper in my rolling tote tucked under my desk. But things have started to expand into the living area and it's driving both me and DH nuts. Plus my containers are starting to bulge a little. So my goal for the first 6 months of 2010 (until my birthday in July) is to not buy and do lots of scrapping to use up some of these supplies so it looks tidy and neat. Along the way some reorganizing to make it more efficient.

I did the space audit last time. And I've spent some time in the last couple of days looking at the inspiration photos from Wookie's blog.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 8:07:04 AM
I've been so ready for this.

My room is in my bedroom, so I use my long dresser as a starting spot for my verticle stuff, paper etc. I like that

I need something for my clear stamps and su sets, I'm a stamper so, this will be tweaked for me.

Got my box's ready to start loading up!



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Posted: 1/1/2010 8:21:41 AM
Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

HI, all I decide to do this organize challenge bc I so need it!!!

I actually have two dedicated space. One is at my parents' house before I move out--Half of my scrapping stuffs are there still. Second is in my current home which has the most basic scrapping stuffs i have here but not enough. I so need to purge some things i know I will never use. Most of them were given to me bc they know that i scrapped. lol

The reason i need to do this is I'm expecting my second child and the room where my scrapbooking is will be this child's room unless we can find another place to live which is what we will be doing. So motivaton there is to reorganize for a possible move as well as moving it out of room. I do have a plan that i would like my new scrap room to have: which i will listed in my blog. Thank for starting this.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 8:29:19 AM
I've been waiting for this too! So far I've went threw and I have a 20gallon tote with all kinds of stuff in it that I've already used what I'm going to out of it so now what?? My mom would love to claim it all,lol. I've even went to walmart yesterday and got some of the little totes and containers they had on sale now that Christmas is over and started organizing my chipboard and stuff. I guess I'm getting a little ahead of the process but I'm ready!

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Posted: 1/1/2010 8:32:52 AM
i just moved so these challenges will be great for me this year.. can't wait to get started.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 8:54:59 AM
Thanks Crisan for doing this And thanks Wookiemouse for putting all the info together!!! I tried to follow along in 09 but school took priority ...

Yes, I have a dedicated space. However, it's also our home office. The room is approx 10 x 9 and I have about 2/3 of it for scrapping, DH is claiming I'm slowly squeezing him out LOL.

What works:
LOTS of bookshelves. I have 3 (all IKEA - none match LOL), plus a large shelf/cabinet/drawer thing from Sauder. I also have a rolling cart, and 2 plastic rawer thingys ... You'd THINK that was enough storage wouldn't you?? But there's still always TONS all over the floor.

Paper storage - I'm using cropper hoppers and they're (mostly) all labelled. I can find things pretty quick.

Picture storage - I did LOM and am loosely following that system. I LOVE it!! Makes it very easy to find the pictures I want (as long as they're within the past 4 years). I've also married up pictures and kits I'd like to use for those pictures by putting a postit on the kit telling me which set of pictures and which album they're in and on the pictures a post it with "paper" on it so I know there's a kit already assigned to the pictures.

What doesn't work :
My desk. HATE it. It has a hutch and it's basically a junk collector so there's not much room anywhere else. Also not much table surface so I end up working on the floor in the rec room instead.

One of my bookshelves has two virtualy unuseable shelved because the desk is pretty much right up againgst it. It's good for seasonal stuff or stuff I don't use often (paint, embossing, xmas card samples), but it's so annoying to get anything in or out so either I take stuff out and it stays out or I don't use things because it's so tough to get the containers out.

Embellishments - I have several systems going and nothing is really working as I have to still look in several places to find what I want ...

Ideas & stamps - Too much stuff and not very good storage ... definetly need help here.

As I love looking at other people's spaces are we all posting pictures of our spaces as we go along??

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Posted: 1/1/2010 9:04:22 AM
I have a room in the basement dedicated to my various hobbies. But, as others have said, it is also a junk area. I am so frustrated with not being able to find what I'm looking for when I am working on something. Over the last few months, I have been trying to purge the stuff I don't use or don't like, but it's slow going. And it's hard for me...I have a hard time letting go. I can imagine a use for just about everything.

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Posted: 1/1/2010 9:27:33 AM
I have a dedicated space... I have a section of the basement. It is cozy, and basically organized. I can leave things out in progress and they won't be bothered.

I am motivated to re-organize, as I tend to forget about supplies and don't use them. I guess I need see-thru containers, or other ideas to actually USE all the stuff I have!


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Posted: 1/1/2010 9:30:53 AM
I have a dedicated scraproom. But I have also slowly been using up the other 3 bedrooms. As well as some stuff in the dining room, because that has the only flat surface I can work on (dining table). I am so frustrated trying to remember which room I put what in and then spend an hour(s) looking for that item when in my head I know it'd be better if I just ran to Michael's and bought another! Which then defeats the purpose of using up my stash!!!

I am sooooo ready to tackle on this challenge. I am also due in Feb with our first child so I will be having to find another space to put all my scrapping stuff I have dumped in that room, to make way for the baby furniture. (On a side note; that whole nesting phase totally went by me without a flinch, and now I feel like I am scrambling to hurry up before Baby is here!)

But I'm hoping I get a little motivation here with this challenge. So thank you Crisann and to Wookiemouse for doing this for all of us!

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Posted: 1/1/2010 9:37:23 AM
My dedicated space used to be a play room for the boys. When I outgrew my Crop In Style, I converted a corner of the room. I know take up 2/3 of the room, but we are moving the office into the room so DS#2 & DS#3 do not have to share a bedroom anymore. I love the daylight in this room and the size, in general.

Things that do not work....too many storage devices and not enough sorting of materials. I have stuff everywhere! Plus, my completed albums take up a LOT of room. I do not want to put them in a closet because they are to be looked at, not stored away. I have WAY too many projects that have not been started or completed. I am hoping this will get me motivated to organize so that I can actually scrap!

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Posted: 1/1/2010 11:28:45 AM
What works:

1. Ribbons/Primas-very well organized
2. Tools-only have a few, so they're fine in their cups
3. Paints/Inks/Embossing Powders-all sorted in baskets
4. Beads/Findings-all organized in clear containers

What doesn't:

1. Paper/Scraps-total disaster, probably, my biggest weakness
2. Alphas-scattered, in several different places
3. Embellishments-once again, here, there, and everywhere
4. Stamps-just tossed into boxes, most not even opened yet


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Posted: 1/1/2010 11:55:50 AM
I live in a tiny apt with my DH and DS, so I currently have no space really to myself. My supplies are on the dresser and in the closet, but I have this closed in shelf in the livingroom I could use for most of my supplies. I have a very small amount compared to other people. My pictures are already in a spot, they just need to be organized.

I did this challenge this morning (can't believe I got an early start!!) and I'm getting ideas on what I want to do. I definitely need to organize it so I can take the least amount possible when I go to crops. Its getting to be a pain lugging everything around when I only use a little bit of it. I already have a list of wants and needs

What works:
1 DS's Thomas train table works perfectly as a space for me.
2 A lot of my stuff is coordinated, making it easy to make a page. When I'm lacking something that's when I can buy it.
3 My cases for stash are pretty portable, which I need.

What doesn't
1 Nothing is organized. It used to be buy type, like paper and different embellies, but now its all jumbled up. I'd like it to be organized by theme, not product now. That way I can take just a couple things to crops and leave the rest at home without digging.
2 All my containers are temporary. Need to be replaced asap
3 All my completed pages are in with my supplies. Need to organize completed pages by month so I can put them in an album soon. Work on scrapping chronologically.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:10:40 PM
Hey all,

I have a dedicated scrap room, too. It is quite small but it does the trick for me. I get it all to myself except one cupboard which is used for household storage. The other cupboard is all mine and believe you me I use it ALL! I have an Expedit that I love, 3 Iris rolling carts, an old metal thingy with drawers for all my wooden/rubber stamps, pads, embossing powders etc, 2 long shelves above my table and a dresser which holds all my Sizzlets alphas, Cricut carts and other dies.

I'm actually pretty well organized. For the most part I know what I have and I know where it is but I need to work on a few things.

Things I like about my room:
I like the way I have my paper organized.

I like that I can reach everything I need without having to get up ( except my Cricut and carts etc).

I like the huge closet I have to keep stuff behind closed doors.

What I don't like:
I don't like that so much stuff is out in the open. I'd rather have more of it behind closed doors.

I don't like my acrylic stamp storage method. I don't have one!

I don't like all the half finished projects or not started yet projects i have taking up valuable space. I wish I had a whole center just for my card making supplies.

The thing that's motivating me to get more organized in 2010 is that I really want to repaint/redecorate my room room and make it cute AND functional. Right now it's just functional. It needs to be more organized before I even THINK about moving all the stuff out to paint.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:28:16 PM

Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

I have a dedicated space that combines my office and my scrap room. Currently the scrap portion is dominating to the point where I do not have a functioning office. I am paying bills out of a bag. I don't have any of my office stuff organized because it is so mixed up with the scrap stuff.

I have a 12 x 12 room so that should be adequate. I have three IKEA bookshelves that are over stuffed. I also have overstuffed wall shelves. I have adequate table space if I could actually find it. I have an area with labeled and organized (for the most part)with Sterilite drawers (four wide and seven high) which I did as a part of my organization for last year.

My room does not need a complete overhaul but I need to purge unused items to make room for an organized office and a less stuffed room. My room is so jam packed that I don't even scrap anymore. It was so much more fun when I had less. So that's what I am going to try to do. Purge, Consolidate and Organize all my stuff.

Thanks to Crisann for hosting the challenge this year. Thanks to Wookiemouse for putting in the hard work creating the challenge. My hat is off to the other ladies who are trying to make their space be the best it can be.

I am signing out to do my space audit. I will be back later.


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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:32:15 PM
I have to do this and stick with it this year. Nothing in my space is working and I really want to open up the room to my DH. I don't think it's fair that I get this whole room to myself.

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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:44:50 PM
Question of the week:
Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere."

I have a large loft area that is shared with a pool table. My dh calls it the "Gaft" room - a combo of game and craft. I have one side of the room which has the computer and two fold out tables set up in an L-shape. I also have a great closet space right off the Gaft room.

What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

Everything is SO UNORGANIZED since our move in March. Actually, it's been unorganized since the previous move in Aug 2004. So I've been unorganized for a long time. And for a very organized person that is extremely frustrating!

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Completed 2012: cards - 26; los - 36
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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:53:21 PM
I found this link a month ago and when I went to scrap my page I had that "ah-ha" moment...and sinking feeling...
1. I have a dedicated scraproom upstairs in the back of the house attached to the bedoom (a nursrey for the original owners?). Messy.
2. I only scrap downstairs, so that I can have "quality time" with my family, as I leave at 7 and get home after 5.
3. I spend more time schlepping up and down and arround then at the table doing anything...and therefore nothing gets done.

I love:
1. the portability of the things I use the most...They have adapted themselves so I live like a nomad who only goes to crops...
2. my clear stamps and ink carriers.
3. solid paper organization
I need to work... perform a hostile takeover of the dining room and give my scrproom to DH for an office
2. actually unpack the last dozen brown moving boxes the movers did not label and scare me when I look inside
3. other paper
4. stickers
5. photos from before my digital bags of them!

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Posted: 1/1/2010 12:53:52 PM
Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

I do have a space. I use our smallest bedroom as my prime space. However, it also has a daybed againste one wall and a bookcase that is used jointly for my books and for SB materials, mostly albums and books pertaining to SB. I've taken over my closet and put a paper shelf from my LSS (where I also work!). I have a corner desk that houses my computer, printer, a Cricut Expression and a MM lazy susan for tools. I also have a wall of 10 white cubes of drawers 3 and 1 size and shelf size that I wanted to build my storage on but it's not organized well. I have a lot of other storage solutions but I think my problem is too much stuff!

What do I like and what works for me? My space - I love it, it's my refuge. I like that I also have the daybed and a TV (again, above a storage space for S.

What doesn't work? I think it's the volume of stuff I have! I'm a paper queen and I have a ton of supplies that are:
1. not organized well
2. overwhelming!

I want to be able to actually CREATE in my room. Right now that's next to impossible. I periodically take a small table and set it up in a corner in the family room to work on projects or layouts. I really need HELP!

What was I thinking?


PeaNut 449,361
December 2009
Posts: 190
Layouts: 3
Loc: Kansas

Posted: 1/1/2010 4:01:03 PM
I do not have a designated room, but I do have designated space on several walls in our dinning room. I am totally unorganized in style, collections, and using of my goods.

What doesn't work for me:
1. not knowing what I have
2. not USING what I have
3. disorganization in general

What works for me:
1. Bookcases, love that vertical storage
2. I like things put "away" out of sight, so I use lots of boxes, baskets, and drawers.

I look forward to doing this challenge, learning and growing along the way!

~ * ~ * ~ Amber ~ * ~ * ~


PeaNut 121,868
January 2004
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Loc: Red Sox Nation- in Denver!

Posted: 1/1/2010 4:17:08 PM
I'm mostly a lurker, but count me in, I'm excited to get my scrap room organized, and get back to scrapbooking! I get so overwhelmed when I go in my room that I never get anything done

To answer the question, I do have a small bedroom as my scrapbook room. It's pretty small, and overflowing with stuff. I have stuff that isn't in there b/c I have no where to put it. Most of the time, I end up with bags and stuff on the floor and can barely walk in there!


Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 150,880
June 2004
Posts: 5,017
Layouts: 1
Loc: On a softball field somewhere.

Posted: 1/1/2010 4:49:21 PM
I have a dedicated space, but I am also a WAHM and my work desk is in here as well.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 120,686
December 2003
Posts: 5,054
Layouts: 10
Loc: Isanti, MN

Posted: 1/1/2010 4:54:43 PM
I really have "TWO" scraprooms right now. I moved into a bedroom that I share with DH. I have two Ikea desks that form an "L". I have 5 plastic drawers for my stamps and also a 6 drawer dresser that is in the laundry room.

What works:

Desk space
Stamp space
Ikea Expedit 4x4 book case (Full of course)

What doesn't work:
Need to clean off desk
Need to finish up stamping sets onto index cards
unload dresser that has emblishments in it

I Will be moving in about 4 months and will have a new room with wall to wall cabinets. All the space in there is closed doors. It is really nice and will work great for a scraproom.

Problem: The house we are moving to we will probably only be in it for about 1 year. Maybe a little more. We are moving in with our son for finanical reasons. He is in a rental house right now because he lost his house to a fire on Dec. 11, 2009. We will be waiting for his house to be torn down and rebuilted. May take awhile because it has to be cleared by the fire people in order to start tearing it down. THAT could take up to 8 months. Then the tear down and rebuilt has to start.

Can't wait to move because the house is on a lake and we can fish and go boating.

Thanks for all th helpful hint.

Sylvia in MN


PeaNut 106,692
September 2003
Posts: 1,253
Layouts: 46
Loc: organizing my scraproom

Posted: 1/1/2010 5:18:18 PM
Hi , a special thanks to Crisan for getting this together...I have an awsome scrap room/ sewing room.. my problem is thats it's
big ( i know Im lucky...) but it gets overwhelming to organize.. its been an ongoing project for years.. So I am very excited to try this challenge. I have great space..just need to get alot organized..
Love my workspace...
need help on paper, photos, stickers/rubons.. oh heck I need help on alot... so thats why Im here... are we suppose to post a before pic??? thanks Bonnie

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PeaNut 357,206
January 2008
Posts: 12
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/1/2010 5:54:41 PM
I do have a dedicated space. Up until a couple of days ago it was just mine. Now I share it with my husband and daughter. It's the extra bedroom in our home. My husband makes little electronic devices, robots, etc. for a hobby and it is far too cold or too hot in the garage most of the time for him to enjoy his hobby, so I just moved a card table in there for him to set up a work space. My daughter, who is 3, has had a second hand desk in there for ages but is now reaching a point where she can actually sit in there when I am and do a project on her own.
I want to get the room clean and keep it clean so my daughter doesn't get to everything, so the family can all enjoy the space together and so I can THINK when I'm working and can find things.

I bought a new shelving unit to transform the closet from a heap of misc. junk into something more organized (there was so much space between the clothes bar and the floor that everything just got heaped up) so I moved my scrabooks from the floor under the desk and two shelves of the bookcase in there onto those shelves and cleaned the closet and cleared the floor yesterday. It LOOKS much better in there, but there are still tons of things that aren't that neatly organized. I won't be buying much in the way of other containers this year because all the money has to go to other home improvement projects, but I will be looking for ways to use what I have better.

What works: My brad and other small stuff like that storage in two divided tackle boxes.
My photo storage for PHYSICAL photos, though I still have a vary small pile to sort through.
My storage of paper scraps and letter stickers by color in 2 gallon ziplocs, and of patterned paper and cardstock the same way.

What's not working:
TONS of misc embellishments of all sorts that have no home and that I don't really remember unless I just happen to see them.
My idea files... they're overflowing.
Just a feeling of not enough storage space for everything.
The storage SYSTEM of the papers and such by color works well, but the SPOTS where they are aren't great.
I'm bad at putting stuff back and need to improve that.
My digital photo storage is awful because my hard drive crashed just before I finished organizing them so now I have to transfer them all back onto the computer and organize again. (And be better at backing up!)
I need to access outside ideas more. I have a lot set aside but don't use them as much as I should so I end up doing very similar, boring layouts over and over much of the time. I'm also happier when I do use sketches or Case, though.


PeaNut 449,452
December 2009
Posts: 56
Layouts: 3

Posted: 1/1/2010 7:46:21 PM
I have a dedicated space. It's a scrap/sew/knit/read/office room. So it's kind of all thrown in together.

What works. My husband built me a space in an old closet and we used the 16 x 16 cubes to make a desk with lots of storage. It's great. I also have other storage on the opposite wall, with a huge bookcase, and shelving with apple buckets.

What doesnt' work. Embellishments. It seems I'm always searching for things, and I forget that I have put things in the apple buckets, so I'm constantly getting them down, and putting them up.


PeaNut 91,974
June 2003
Posts: 3,299
Layouts: 4
Loc: Amongst the trees

Posted: 1/1/2010 7:49:44 PM
Hi, I am hoping to stick to this challenge!

We moved just recently and without wanting to start out making excuses for myself, will just say a family member who lives with us became very ill right after we moved so my scrap space has taken the back seat to the rest of the house as far as organizing because of time constraints.

I do have a dedicated space. It is a nice sized bedroom upstairs.

About the only thing working right now is paper storage. I purchased some paper racks like the LSS uses just prior to moving and my paper is unpacked.

For storage I have 2 shelving units inside of the closet. I have an antique armoire that has 4 shelves. I purchased a piece of furniture at Home Goods recently that my Clip It Up sits on top of, then it has 2 smallish drawers and 4 baskets below that I have started sorting embellishments into that won't fit on the Clip It Up. All of the above is messy and unorganized. Oh, and I have a kitchen island piece that has storage in it that serves as my workspace that is totally cluttered and my desk that has my computer and printer on top of it that is completely cluttered too.

So, I couldn't really do a layout because I have no idea where anything is at the moment. I think I will declutter the top of my island and desk to start with!

Thanks Crisann, Wookiemouse and everyone else who is involved with this project. It will be interesting!!



PeaNut 426,305
June 2009
Posts: 986
Layouts: 12
Loc: Texas

Posted: 1/1/2010 7:56:22 PM
Wow! Look at all you you go!

From the first run of this challenge, I will tell you that it helped us to post pics of our spaces (yes, sometimes it was quite embarrassing) as fresh eyes could see the space and make recommendations. If you are stuck - I say go for broke and post pics!


PeaNut 114,662
November 2003
Posts: 5,816
Layouts: 185
Loc: QLD, Australia

Posted: 1/1/2010 8:57:20 PM
Jomamastamps - I think that's a great idea

What works:

1. Ribbons - well organized and colour co-ordinated
2. Chipboard and Flowers - Organized
3. Stamps - Well organized
4. Scraps organized but needs new file folder

What doesn't:

1. Junk under desk - wasted space
2. Alterable items stuffed in box and shoved in drawer
3. Desk top - too much stuff on desk top and under cutting mat
4. Filing cabinet - needs sorting and purging.

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PeaNut 76,927
March 2003
Posts: 219
Layouts: 33
Loc: South Carolina

Posted: 1/1/2010 9:24:02 PM
Thanks so much for doing this. I really needed some moral support to get my rear end in gear and now I have it!

To answer the questions in the original post, I have a dedicated room that used to by my youngest son's nursery. It is 6x10 so really small but I refuse to have my junk all over the house so it MUST fit in this room. The reason I am joining this challenge is so that I can finally get 10 years worth of supplies organized and get up the nerve to purge what I will never use.

What works in the room is:
Ikea stripa shelves for rubber stamps
Old wooden cassette tape cases for stamp pads and Sizzix dies
I am a sit down scrapper so my For-Keepsakes desk/cabinet is where I do all of my work.

What doesn't work in the room is:
The closet is crammed with boxes of memorabilia and my childhood photos. I also never use the peg board or cabinets below it. Junk just stays piled on top.

2013 Scrapping Goals
Purging my stash to fit in one room!
Completing the kids albums through high school
Actually putting all the layouts I complete in albums instead of all over the house


PeaNut 25,393
December 2001
Posts: 3,002
Layouts: 55
Loc: Texas

Posted: 1/1/2010 9:39:27 PM
Jomamastamps - I think the scrap space pictures are part of week 2 - I read ahead a little.

I haven't actually done a lo as the challenge says, but I did sit down and mentally walk through the process. Here's what I came up with:

What works:
- good table space and lighting to work with
- papers (cardstock/pp/scraps) are well organized and easily accessible
- great closet shelves for storage
- scrap area is centrally located (I'm not isolated while scrapping)
- main supplies (tape/pens/etc) are easily portable and accessible

What needs help:
- can't find pics/supplies that I need
- have hanging items sitting on table
- embellishments are scattered
- projects to work on are scattered
- storage space has to accommodate scrapping/stamping/sewing and personal filing system
- need stand for keyboard which takes up one of my tables
- ability to pack for crops and scrap at home
- unpacked boxes from recent move - no idea what's in them

Leisa - GO VOLS!

Completed 2010: 85
Completed 2011: cards - 16; los - 70
Completed 2012: cards - 26; los - 36
Completed 2013: cards - 13; los - 20
Completed 2014: cards - 0; los - 14
Mar goal: cards 0/4; los 14/4


PeaNut 268,590
July 2006
Posts: 2,006
Layouts: 177
Loc: middle of a 3-boy circus

Posted: 1/1/2010 11:18:43 PM
Finally got some scrapping time tonight. Here's what I found.

What works:
- scraps - sorted by colour in a file-sorter that is easy to pull out of the closet
- adhesive - on table in easy reach
- idea - lifted a layout for the January Jumpstart challenge, so just kept in up on my monitor. Easy to glance over occasionally.
- tools - used scissors, trimmer and distressor tool. All were in easy reach on my table.
- cardstock - easy to find and access on closet shelf. Sorted by colour.

What doesn't:
- trouble finding pictures to scrap. They are scattered about the house, many buried on my table. Recent photos have not been printed.
- trouble finding my desktop. I use a counter-height table and have used it as a place to keep things out of my toddler's reach. Need to put things away when I finish scrapping - accumulate clutter. Need to reassess what/how much 'lives' on the table.
- journalling - have trouble switching gears to write after making a page. Often the page gets left unfinished to add the journalling 'someday'.

Don't think the page I did tonight showed me all my problem spots though, so I'll just have to try again soon!


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PeaNut 449,763
December 2009
Posts: 7
Layouts: 0
Loc: Rossville, GA

Posted: 1/1/2010 11:24:39 PM
Hi Peas!!! To answer the question at hand.... I, too, have a dedicated papercrafting/scrapbooking space. Mine is a 10 x 13 spare bedroom. I love my space because I have 3 windows that let in lots of natural light and I had my DH lay linoleum on the floor when we tore up the carpet so that it would be easier to clean up spills and such. I have some storage to the tune of a commercial paper rack they use in LSS's, a rolling paper rack, two free standing cabinets, one tall one and one short one, two bakers racks, a metal shelving unit in the closet, and one of those small rolling drawer totes you get at wallyworld fairly cheap... oh and I have a white storage unit that has handled totes for drawers that you can take out and carry around. OHHHH and my newest addition is the Makin memories Embellishment center that they sell at Michaels... It isnt on the wall yet but soon very very soon.

What works for me:
1. A good clean solid surface to work on
2. Scissors, adhesive, and pens and pencils easily accessible.
3. Everything in its place.

What doesn't work for me:
1. Poor lighting
2. Ribbons being scattered about
3. Unorganized chipboard and embellishments.

Thanks Crissann for doing this!!

Indenpendent Scrapbook Consultant


PeaNut 441,166
October 2009
Posts: 75
Layouts: 1
Loc: Louisiana

Posted: 1/1/2010 11:36:27 PM
I am so excited to start this challenge. Thank you for doing this!

Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

Yes I do have a dedicated space. Not quite sure of the measurements at the moment but it is a good size room. I do not have a door to shut, just a big doorway from the kitchen. SO when you walk in the living room or kitchen you see my messy room. It also seems to catch everything that does not belong there. Right now Christmas stuff seems to be over taking it. What is motivating me to do this challenge? I don't want people to walk into my house and see a junk room immediately after entering. I want to be able to sit down at my work area and be able to create without having to clean up for a week before I can make 1 card or layout. I want to be able to easily find the supplies I need for the project I am working. I want scrapping to be fun again and not stressful.

What is working for me:
-Big dedicated space
-Big and sturdy work table
-Love my Jetmax cubes (I have 52 cubes but not using them to their fulliest)
-Cricut and Carts easy to access
-Adhesive all in 1 drawer easy to find

What is not working for me:
Everything else!
-laptop and printers (need their own area for easy access)

Like I said my room is a mess and not much at all seems to be working for me. I have not scrapped since July and only reason I did then is because I was at a weekend crop! I need to organize and to get a better layout for my room so I can be productive.I have a few ideas but am looking forward to this challenge for more.


PeaNut 74,711
March 2003
Posts: 340
Layouts: 119
Loc: Perth, Western Australia

Posted: 1/2/2010 1:39:13 AM
I am lucky to have a dedicated space which I have sacrificed a small corner of for dh's computer, so that allows to at least be in the same room when we are working on our respective hobbies. The room is quite large, but full of so much c r a p at the moment that I just can't get motivated to do anything.

I am hoping that this will help me sort it out so it is more functional and doesn't look so cluttered.

Here's to an organised scrap space for 2010...

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