organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 1. overview and space audit.

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Posted 9/5/2010 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 9/5/2010 1:23:10 PM
Good afternoon organizing peas! Here we go again - Special thanks to wookiemouse for all the information she compiled on her blog during round 1 of this challenge. Thanks to all the peas who participated during round 2 and who, like me, got lost somewhere along the way - I don't feel so bad now. Thanks to all the new peas joining us for round 3, whose interest gave me the motivation to "re-run" these threads and keep going. Without all of you, there wouldn't be a round 3.

Remember, YOU CAN DO THIS! we're not talking getting a PhD here. Although, sometimes, I know it feels just as hard. Make the commitment now to spend a half hour to an hour a week working in your studio. YOU'RE WORTH IT! I've heard the way the alumni from round 1 talk about this challenge - they swear it's made all the difference in their scrapbooking, that they've become more productive. Think about it this way - you'll be able to find things easier and put them away quicker. you won't be surrounded by things you don't like/won't use.


Here are the links for week 1:

Organize Your Stuff Challenge. Overview.

Organize Your Stuff Challenge. Week 1. Space Audit. This is the link to Wookiemouse's blog.

Organize Your Stuff Challenge. Week 1. This is the link to the two peas thread from earlier this year.


Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated" space or is your dedicated space "everywhere"? What's your motivation to get organized?


Checklist of things to do during Week 1 -

1. Read the overview post.
2. Read the Week 1. Space Audit post.
3. Complete both your layout and your list of what works and what doesn't. Feel free to post both on this thread. That's what it's here for.
4. Answer the question of the week on this thread.


Also, for one reason or another, either two peas/my laptop won't let me edit this post once i submit it, so keep an eye out - if i forgot anything, i'll add it as a reply later.

Thanks!


eta: ok, i am about to become everyone's worst nightmare.

and you thought you were writing a novel, sewsew1... lol...


Granted, there is some merit to packing everything away and "going for broke." It certainly helped me the first time through. This time, no packing everything away and no "going for broke." I just can't do. Like alot of you, I have "commitments."

So, what is the current state of my studio? At the moment, I have pretty baskets lined up along one entire wall - one for acrylic stamps, one for wood-mounted stamps, a total of three for acrylic paints (one for each brand), one for... well, you get the idea.

My biggest problem areas at this point, aside from paper, which is an utter nightare is the "backbone" of my organization system - shelving. The baskets work extremely well for me right now. Everything's sorted well enough that I can find exactly what I need and it's super-easy to put away - just toss it back in the basket. Making the baskets accessable? That's another story all together.

So, those are my main goals during this round of the challenge -

1. rethink paper organization
2. pick out some furniture that i'm willing to have a relationship with
3. do some decorating
4. organize everything digital - pics and kits and...

My reward to myself for getting it done? easy! i'm overdue for a new laptop... oh, and an external harddrive, b/c if this baby crashes, I lose everything that means anything to me.

I guess, after all of that, my point is this: stay active from week to week: read the threads/think about the process, but do what works for you! there's no right or wrong - we all have different goals, different things that are important to each of us.

If you can't "go for broke," that's fine, but please don't let that discourage you from doing this for yourself. Remember, what I said at the top of this post: YOU CAN DO THIS! YOU'RE WORTH IT!


Oh, and to answer the QOTW: I have a dedicated space - an 8x10 spare bedroom upstairs. That room is, to quote myself, "the bane of my existance." I have never had so much stuff in so little space.



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Posted: 9/5/2010 1:32:33 PM
Accepting the challenge, again!
I'll do my best to keep up this time.

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Posted: 9/5/2010 3:21:32 PM
Whoo Hoo!

Question of the week:
I have a little room that is about 7'x6'6" that is my crafting space, but also holds my computer too - so rather "cosy"
My motivation is that I moved house a few weeks ago & all my craft stuff is just piled in this space, some still in boxes, some stacked up, some just in a jumble & I really want to make it work for me


I can't actually do a LO at the moment because so much is packed away & I don't have desk space etc in the room, however I know what used to work for me in terms of what I need accessible etc.

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Posted: 9/5/2010 4:12:59 PM
I have a small room 8' x 10' that is set aside for my scrapbook room. I tried to get it organized several times but there seems to be too much stuff in it. So my goal is to weed out the old and unwanted scrapbook stuff to make the room useable.

Right now its nothing works since there are piles of stuff on the floor and desk. I have the CIS cubes against one wall, a small expidit shelf on the other. There is a closet with shelves so I know I'll have storage but will need to perge big time.

~crisann~
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Posted: 9/5/2010 4:26:49 PM
Freddi - my room's about the same size as yours - 8x10, give or take...

that room's the bane of my existance - too much stuff/too little space.

things that are working -

1. embellishments - easy to find, well-organized
2. paints/stickles - organized by color in baskets
3. stamps - after round 2, started using them alot more

things that aren't working -

1. paper - just can't find a system that works
2. photos - i'm seriously taking LOM the next time it's offered
3. digital elements - piling up on my laptop, unorganized




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Posted: 9/5/2010 4:57:55 PM
I would love to do this but with my dt commitments I cant put it all away and unpack bit by bit I do need to do something tho, Im forever tripping over things in my little corner lol

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Posted: 9/5/2010 5:04:47 PM
Just want to hop in and encourage you all! I did this GEN 1 and it is truly life changing! My room STILL stays clean and is STILL organized and I love it. I know how to put away things when I get them and I don't overbuy - as I KNOW what I have/need/don't have room for....

Makes all the difference in the world. I have done very FEW tweaks - the time you spend in your 26 weeks if spent well WILL work and you WILL love it!

Good luck all!


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Posted: 9/5/2010 5:43:49 PM
I'm here!

Ok, I figured out what really didn't work for me the first go around and why I got side tracked. I've got some things left to figure out and them I'm diving in with both feet.

Thanks for doing this again Crisann.



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Posted: 9/5/2010 6:19:29 PM
I'm in! I lurked a bit in Wookiemouse's first challenge, and dropped out of Crissan's round 2 at the thought of packing up my room. I balked at the though of being unable to scrap for weeks, then prompty didn't scrap for months because my space was so disorganized! Lesson learned, I hope!

QOTW: I have a dedicated shared space in our home office. My motivation is my inability to get any scrapping done currently. Don't really know where a lot of things are, have to shuffle stuff out of the way to find what I want and to clear a work space. Aargh. It's frustrating right now. And with the computers right there, it's all to easy to find distractions from the mess.

I'll have to (try to) scrap tonight to come up with my list.


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Posted: 9/5/2010 6:43:03 PM
Thanks for organizing this, Crisann.

I've been a lurker in past 'organize your stuff' challenges and finally feel I am ready to take the plunge. Right now I work in a combo craft room/play room. I have about 1/3 of the room dedicated to scrapping, plus a good chunk of the closet in that room. Unfortunately, I rarely work in there because it is just too messy and I don't have my computer & printer there. I find I am always dragging entire projects downstairs to the office to work on them. Guess a first step is that I need to find a way to incorporate a computer and printer in my workspace. Also, my DH has pointed out that my space is too 'dense' . So I've been trying to pare stuff down by donating what I probably won't ever use and moving items I don't use regularly to other areas of the house (like my closet). While I've already started on this project, I am not completely satisfied with many of my storage solutions. I'm in desperate need of inspiration, support and commiseration therapy.

My motivation to participate in this challenge is get some help and encouragement from my fellow peabuddies so I can have a room I actually use, find inspiring and love to work in.


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Posted: 9/5/2010 6:56:07 PM
Thanks Crisann - your announcement from August inspired me to look at the old threads. I have made some headway already and moving out wasn't so bad not so much fun but the results are amazing. It is week 4 Paper that i am finding truly frightening!

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Posted: 9/5/2010 10:22:48 PM
OK I am HERE! I need help. And I'm afraid. But I can do this - with a little help from my friends.

First the Question of the Week - Do I have a "dedicated" space? Yes I do. Two of them as a matter of fact. Neither is perfect and together they are good. Why two? Because I sew (I mean heavily for my family and for profit) AND I craft. There fore I have WAYYYYYYYY more stuff than I would if I just had ONE of these supply-intensive hobbies.

First up I have a 6x12 bedroom that is used totally for storage. Absolutely NO CRAFTING GOES ON HERE AT ALL.

I have three bookshelves on one six foot wall that are built in. Then I have six of the nine cube shelving units from Target - most of which have the fabric basket/bins. On the other wall is a six foot tall wire shelving unit with 5 shelves (industrial strength). This wall also houses a cheapie three drawer (ala Kmart 17 yrs ago) dresser that houses cards to be decorated and other supplies. The other wall contains the entry door to the room AND a doorway to the attic.

Then I have my craft/sewing space. I use approximately 1/4 of our 16x25 foot family room for my sewing machines (I have three set up) my Cricut and my laptop. I have a free standing workbench hidden behind the loveseat which has a cutting board/ironing station built onto it. There is a shelf below it and floor space beneath that for storage. I have three 2x4 tables set up for the sewing machines/Cricut/laptop and have several plastic storage drawer containers beneath them. I have two five shelf bookcases with mostly fabric and sewing supplies on them.

I am not doing the layout because I don't scrapbook. WHAAAAAAT you say????? Right now I "paper-craft". I do lots of cards, altered items, "projects" but technically no actual scrapbooks. But I do have all of the albums and it is my intent to actually start.

I also cannot pack up everything - there is just absolutely NO ROOM to do so upstairs and I need to use my downstairs are to sew for $$$$$ so I cannot use that space.

This is my motivation: to be able to scrapbook/paper craft/sew/craft
easily without having to stop hunt/dig/rummage/throw things/swear/cry/get all frustrated because I cannot find the ONE THING that I know I have bought (probably several times) because I am so disorganized.

What IS working for me:
1. My stamps (meager stash to most of you) has recently been over-hauled AND organized in a six drawer chest.
2. My stickers have been organized also in a six drawer cardboard container
3. My pens/pencils/markers are organized very neatly in wire mesh pencil cups
4. Ribbon has recently been de-spooled and hand wound and put into Snap/Store containers by color/theme etc.

What IS NOT working for me:
1. Mish-mosh of stuff just sitting out EVERYWHERE cuz I don't know where to put it.
2. Photos stored in photo boxes but in absolutely no order what so ever.
3. Paper not stored efficiently in a twelve drawer rolling cart that I have which is nearly empty.


Thank you for reading my novel. Off to read more inspiration pea-wisdom.


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Posted: 9/5/2010 10:29:43 PM
I'm in. I definitely need to do this.


Do you have a "dedicated" space or is your dedicated space "everywhere"? What's your motivation to get organized?



Yes, I have a dedicated space but it is a full and cramped dedicated space. I need to organize and purge.

My 9 month old son is my motivation. I want to have room to scrap his first year as well as get scrap some of the gabillion other pictures I have.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 2:18:57 AM
Yeah, I didn't know we had to pack up our entire room. I've already committed to teaching a couple classes at my LSS over the next few months, so I don't think I'll be able to do that. Hopefully that falls into the "strongly recommended" category and not the "required" category. I don't want to undermine the whole process by not doing that if it is really necessary.


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Posted: 9/6/2010 4:43:13 AM
I'm going to give this a try with hopes it will re-motivate me.

QOTW: I do have a room, HOWEVER, I'm pregnant and I'm guessing this will eventually be babies room. Maybe. By the time 'it' is old enough for a room we might have moved, so I'm not real sure. In the meantime, I want to organize all my stuff so I use it and not just purchase new stuff! I don't buy nearly as much stuff since I've moved, it's more expensive, so that's helped. But I still just have lots and lots of stuff!

JD

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Posted: 9/6/2010 7:47:57 AM
I actually joined the first round of this challenge in the 4th week - didn't find it until then - so I actually MISSED the whole pack it up thing and I would definitely say you could achieve your success without that step. But there are some messes coming your way regardless. But do-able and manageable, totally.


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Posted: 9/6/2010 8:57:54 AM
Thank you crisann for starting this challenge again; I'm really needing this. Altho I do have a sb space, I haven't found the best way to organize some of my supplies (paper is a real burr!) and I'm hoping that I can keep up and get some things accomplished. I haven't posted pictures before so I'll have to figure out how to do that, but any improvements I can make over the next few weeks will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again and good luck to everyone who's in this. Maria

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Posted: 9/6/2010 9:11:15 AM
Well I'm back for round 2 with you girls again. I'm hoping to finish this one, somethings works and somethings don't, I did get rid of alot of stuff but my paper even though its organized its just not really working for me and I have a few other that I have to work on.


So I'm committed and ready to go.
Good luck everyone.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 9:24:01 AM
I have a scrapbook room that is somewhat organized but still has some problem areas.

I definitely need to reorganize my photos and paper collections and clear out some things I know I won't use anymore. (Foam stamps, anyone?)

My motivation is that I don't have room for all of my stuff and I want to make it tidy and attractive, too.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 10:05:34 AM
am so ready for this.
QOTW---- yes i do have a "dedicated space" have a 10x12 room, but share with sewing machine, and treadmill, so am very lucky there. my motivation is to get caught up on the current pictures so i can work on some older projects i started and never finished, like 30th anniversary party from 3 years ago, and couple of vacation albums. I rearranged my room last week,and organized a few areas, but still need some tweeking. will start working on layour and list.
have a great week

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Posted: 9/6/2010 10:11:09 AM
I am ready to do this!!!







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Posted: 9/6/2010 1:45:32 PM
ukheli and nantini - we are going to finish this time, right? no excuses! lol...

pennyscraps - thanks for dropping by to wish us well!





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Posted: 9/6/2010 3:28:15 PM
Hi, I am new to this site but have been scrapbooking for a few years and I really need this

Do you have a "dedicated" space or is your dedicated space "everywhere"? What's your motivation to get organized?

Well kinda, My space is in the dining room that we had turned into an office. You can see it as so as you walk in the house and that drives me crazy. So if I stay in this space I like it orginazed and nice to look at. I share this space with my husband and son so it is kind of crowded.the other problem is my niece feels like she can take any of my scrapbooking stuff that she wants to. She's 17 so she should know better and I have tried talking to her about it but that does no good.I am more then happy to share with her but hate that she will take something I need and then I have to rebuy it.I am either thinking of getting locking cabinets or moving to a small space in the basement. I just don't know yet.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 4:02:42 PM
Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated" space or is your dedicated space "everywhere"? What's your motivation to get organized?

I have a spare bedroom that is half my husband's office, half my scrapspace, and at times, all guestroom, thanks to the futon. Right now, my stuff has spilled onto the floor and futon, and there is not a clear surface in the room. This challenge is my chance to really get in gear, cull supplies, and get organized. This is the biggest eyesore in our home, and I feel like once it's neat and organized in here, our home will be as close to perfect as it can get.



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Posted: 9/6/2010 4:24:59 PM
OK, I'm back for another attempt to finish this challenge and cross it off a list! I'm cheating right out of the gate by posting my week 1 comments from the second round of the challenge. I've updated my list of what is working and what is still not working (and why). Thanks for taking this on again crisann!

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?

We have a study on the first floor that serves as my office, the family computer area and a scrapbooking space. The space measures approximately 12'x12' and has an entrance set of double doors angled at one corner and a 6' atrium door that leads to the deck. All my scrap stuff is in here. I have a P/T business that requires me to print and notarize legal documents, so that function must be incorporated in the space.

My motivation - if I can get my stuff better organized, then maybe I can accomplish something! I start a lot of projects, but fizzle-out on the completion because it's so frustrating to find things or even remember what I own.


What works ~

room location (directly off the family room)
natural light
desk unit (must stay, but would love additional flat surface area)
Expedite bookcase w/ Cropper Hoppers for C/S & P/P
ink & marker storage
embossing supplies
stamp set storage (5 drawer sterlite-type tower for acrylic sets)
Clip-It-Up w/ rub-ons, stickers & some embellishments


What doesn't work ~

photos (still not organized on the computer or in the photo boxes)
night time lighting (need track lighting installed, but at a later date)
punch storage (collection has grown since round 2)
room decor (or lack there of)
other craft supplies (kid's stuff moved to this space during round 2, but still not fully functional)


There are some photos in my gallery and a bunch more on my blog from round 2, but I will be posting new photos as we tackle each week. I still can't "go for broke" and box up the entire room because the space still needs to function for my business. So, I'm going to remove the stuff from each weekly category, purge it again, re-think its' priority in the space and, hopefully, find a functional option. Sounds great, right? Here's hoping it works this time through!


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Posted: 9/6/2010 4:29:17 PM
Hello, This is my first time to do this challenge and I am very excited. I would like to take what I learn here and apply it to my office space.

Do I have a dedicated space or is my space everywhere? What is your motivation for organizing?

We have a bonus room that is 18 X 15. I take up about 1/2 the room for scrapbooking. In the other half, I have a TV, couch and Total Gym. In our bonus room I have a walk in closet that is lined with built in shelves. ( I think the builder thought this closet would be used to store games and such.) I use 3/4 for scrapbooking and 1/4 for books.

My motivation for organizing is chaos. Not so much in my scraproom ( I don't scrap enough to have chaos in there) But my office space is chaotic and I hope to apply what I learn here on that space....I mean heck I spend 8 hours a day in one room of my house....I better love it.

Well, one reason I don't scrap much is that my scrap room is upstairs. Which is a dumb reason because when I get up there...I love to scrap.

Kris74
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Posted: 9/6/2010 5:20:34 PM
Heya!!

So seeing as I didn't "quite" finish, I'm back for round 3.

For the questions/comments re packing up your entire room - it's definitely not a "must do". I have the same issue - too much stuff to pack up, not enough room to put it all. Plus, I actually like how some of my stuff is organzed so why would I touch that, right? What I would suggest is if there is an area/product you don't know what to do with or what you have currently isn't working for you - that is what I would pack up. But we can get to that when the week comes

QOTW : Dedicated space.
Yes, I have an 8 x 10 ish room that is also our office and main computer area. DH gets a desk, about 2 feet of space and that's it. The rest is mine!! I really DO love my room, but it needs some serious work!!

What I like:
Where the room is - across the hall from the bathoom, just outside our rec room. It's one of the warmest rooms in the house in the winter. I don't tend to scrap in the summertime, but it's a very cool room then.

My pens - they all fit in the drawer of my desk. Copics, well are a new addition and they don't fit in the drawer so I need to figure something out for those.

Glitter & Paint - In a shoebox out of the way on the shelf. Perfect.


What I don't like:
Stamps - I don't have ONE organizational system that works. Unmounting is not an option as I don't like using unmounted red rubber stamps. But I need to figure out something.

Ideas - No method to the madness here. I can never seem to find what I want, when I want.

Paper & Embelishments - I *like* my system, I just don't *love* them. Could it be better? Sure.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 5:24:46 PM
What does everyone use as a desk??
I have my DS's with a hutch. Long story, but when I find something else I like this one is finally going upstairs in DS's room.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 6:02:14 PM

ukheli and nantini - we are going to finish this time, right? no excuses! lol...


no excuses

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Posted: 9/6/2010 7:42:02 PM
No excuses here, but I know the photos tripped me up. I have to do better this time!!!

For those that are hesitating on packing everything up, I can tell you I was first thinking the same thing. By packing everything up I was able to sort a lot of things into a keep, trash, or give away pile.

I didn't really give the stuff away for about 3 months. The more I looked at it, the more I came to the conclusion it was stuff I'd never use. I was able to let it go and never looked back.

Besides, packing things up is the easiest way to do a complete sort. Get cracking girls!



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Posted: 9/6/2010 7:50:55 PM
Chris 74-- I had a MS farmhouse table as my desk --- but traded it out for a real desk ( found it at home goods)that is a little smaller. The table was taking up too much room and I couldn't walk around it.

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Posted: 9/6/2010 9:08:39 PM
kris and mclisa - wow! this is turning into a round 2 reunion. lol...

hope you ladies get what you need to accomplished this time through.



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Posted: 9/6/2010 10:18:25 PM
Thank you, crisann and wookiemouse, for all the ideas, hard work, and inspiration! I really need this and am looking forward to enjoying the "after"!

I have a dedicated space in our largely-unfinished main room upstairs. My portion of the area is approximately 9 x 14 and comprises a little less than half of the total area which also houses a spare bed and treadmill.

While scrapping the homework LO, I found the following work for me: my wooden tables on bed risers (since I'm a standing scrapper); my 3 drawer Sterilite unit on my main worktable containing my most often used small tools and adhesives; my paper trimmer just to the left of my work area; and my AD sketches to my right on my worktable. For my homework LO, I used pictures, paper, QK, and a lone piece of ribbon. Simple. Loved it. Made me happy. That is how I want to feel after every layout.

What doesn't work: I've got more stuff than I use; I love buying stamps (especially wood mount journaling stamps) but as it happens, I dislike the mess when I actually use them and thus, I hardly ever do; I crave simplicity but my space doesn't reflect that; and I feel a bit guilty about having many items I wouldn't buy again.

I'm REALLY glad to be starting this journey with you all.
Thank you!

estheryee
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Posted: 9/6/2010 10:18:28 PM
I'm glad I found this thread. I *so* need to organize. I have a room, sort of dedicated because no one else can navigate or do anything in there LOL. Also in the room are the computer equipment (printer, wireless router) and books. I would like the rest of the family to use the room, I could do with some company. My motivation is to scrap my stash. I need to purge and organize. Cos if I can't see what I have, I tend to go and buy, which perpetuates the stash issue.

ardpfan
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Posted: 9/6/2010 10:29:11 PM
I am in just had to straighten the room enoough where I could get in there and work. I will work on the page the next couple of days after work and see what I like and do not like.

I do have a dedcicated room. It is small but it is mine and I love it. I have way too much stuff for my small space. I am excited about scrapping again.

Thanks for setting this challenge
Tammie

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Posted: 9/6/2010 11:48:13 PM
My room is 8x12. I love my new wall color. I dislike my desk since I dont have one, yet. (I sold a desk that was too big to pay for the expedit.) I actually want to get a kitchen table to scrap on in there. I should be able to find a rectangular pine tale cheap.

My motivation to get organized is to have a peaceful, retreat that I scrapbook in, while my kids sleep. I am not sure about getting a lo completed though. I have nothing accessible or organized right now. Maybe next week I can get that done.

Heather




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Posted: 9/7/2010 12:15:41 AM
Thanks, Penny, for your take on packing up the room. I really need to get demos done, so completely packing up isn't an option. I will take another poster's advice and pack up week by week (if that area isn't working for me).

Since someone asked, my table is a large kitchen table from World Market. I really like that several people can sit around it without knocking their knees on the legs of the table. Of course, with the mess, nobody else really wants to approach the table right now so I'll be working on clearing it off. When I priced them, I found I could get a good quality wooden table at World Market for around the same price as a laminate from Ikea, so I went for it!!


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Posted: 9/7/2010 12:43:33 AM
My 8x10 room is multi purpose for me. It's my guest room with a queen sized Murphy bed so the bed isn't down most of the time. It's also my dog room, grooming area. I have a pen inside/outside, a grooming table and two crates.
That takes up about 1/2 the room.
In the other half I have two Ikea cabinets, One is totally dedicated to scrap stuff, the other holds a combination of scrap stuff, grooming stuff and the closet for the room. It also holds my TV to scrap by and books,
I have a desk, a couple of cubes to hold stuff by the desk and stuff PILED beside the desk and on the small table I have beside the desk. My room is over full, my stuff runeth over
So I could do this two fold, just the scrap stuff or the scrap stuff and the grooming stuff.

LOTS of stuff to do!
Thanks for hosting the challenge yet again. Hopefully third time is the charm


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Posted: 9/7/2010 4:45:10 AM
HI! Will definitely be joining again but with the big goal of finishing up. If I finish I am going to reward myself with a new HP touchscreen computer, wireless printer and router. So that will be 30 weeks away. I know I can finish this!

My room was a huge nasty mess before. If you look at my photographs you can see most of it. A lot has changed and been improved. I think that space is 10 by 12, not sure but it is functional now.
I have done a lot of week 1 already. I never finished round 1 so you can see what my "before pictures" looked like. A few months ago, my neice and I really went to worked on cleaning it up. Purging a lot of "space eaters" (things that took up space but had no functionality). Those have been moved and donated and now sit in my SIL's scraproom and are being put to use. My table was not working where it was, and was moved to the opposite side in front of the large Expedit. I organized a lot including stamps when I bought a map cabinet which is not in any photos, unfortunately. I would like to really continue each weekly challenge in order to really get it into tip top shape. I have two working tabletops. My daughter who is two sits on one small table and does her "stamping" which is with washable ink pads and wooden disney stamps. She and I are in there for an hour most nights so it is defnitely a workable and enjoyable space.

What works for me? My stamp storage--now I can easily pick out my wooden stamps that I may need. I love the way that my paper is organized in the lipliss 12 by 12 horizontal trays. I also have some 12 by 12 sterilite drawers which form a kind of wall to my left that are organized and labeled and I definitely use. I have stamps, punches, markers and inks organized very well with several different organizational tools. Some are pictured and some I bought at a later time.

What doesn't work? I need to store my cricut in such a way that I will utilize it more. Since it sits on the table that my daughter uses, I don't get to use it much. Also, need to organize the cricut cartridges a little better. Have my big shot and dies but need to be a little more accessible.
Will try to put up pictures of the "much improved before"

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Posted: 9/7/2010 7:03:34 AM
I have wanted to do this the first two rounds and just got overwhelmed BUT am committed to this round .. DH is on board too since this is our "down" time ..

I have a 10 x 11 room that is my scrap room with A LOT of overflow in another bedroom that needs to be cleaned out. My desk is a pottery barn project table copy cat from World Market that I love. I also have a 5 x 5 expedit and a 2 x 4 which I use for my printer and die cut machines.

I use page kits a lot and it works for me BUT my paper is out of hand .. I have WAY too much paper and need to get a handle on it. I have started the purge process and am looking forward to packing up my stuff .. I will work on my layout tonight to get a better feel on HOW I use my stuff.

Thanks for starting round 3 .. I am looking forward to actually having a functional room



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Posted: 9/7/2010 7:11:43 AM
Virginia
I *love* the idea of setting a goal/reward for 30 weeks time - just working out when that will be ... assuming we take a week off organising round Christmas it should be around mid April/Easter.
I don't know at this time what I will reward myself with, but even just putting £1 a week aside as I'm doing the challenge will give me a yummy little spending spree ... and if I can sell off any of my excess/unloved stash, even better!

mlamarre
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Posted: 9/7/2010 8:09:10 AM
Hi Everyone,
I am luving all the post..
I do have a dedicated space that is 7x7.
I luv the large window.

what is working:
Nothing I have things everywhere in the house. I have taken over the garage, and half the dining room.
I do have all my pens and cartridges organized.
Ribbons are organized by type and colours.
Flowers are organized by type and colours
Brads are organized

My issues are:
Too many products,
Too many magazines over 100 I still haven't got around to read.
I have storage issues I have 1 Cricut and 2 Cuttlebug, 1 big shot, 1 silhouette, I have no place to put them.
I have a shelving unit where I put the papers, but I have papers stack on top, so accessing those I have to remove the stacks to get to them.

I am going to reassess the amount of products. Anything 1 year old I have not used will be donated..
I am looking forward to this on getting a handle of the studio..
TFL
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Posted: 9/8/2010 6:17:55 AM
As a Round 1 alum, I will agree with Penny that it isn't absolutely necessary to get everything packed up immediately. It will help tremendously if you do pack it up, but don't get so sidetracked in the very first week. Keep your eyes on the long-term prize of organziation.

Overall, you will eventually touch, sort, and go thru nearly every item you own in the next 26 weeks. Packing up will make the process easier and faster but you have to find a way to ignore the overwhelming quantity of it all when you first see your stash in its' entirety. Ignore the price, ignore the quantity: envision and see the final organized space. That's why the space audit is so important. It gives you the starting point to make it all happen.

Take a deep breath and remember the hoarded supplies probably came in one at a 40-off coupon at a time or a shopping trip at a time. It didn't happen overnight and it won't get better overnight. But IT WILL GET BETTER. Much better. Way better than you could have ever expected.

Keep in mind, some weeks will be weeks in areas where you are already strong and it will be a cakewalk. Other weeks, you will sigh and wonder how you are ever going to do this. But you CAN DO THIS.

Thru it all, it is SO WORTH the process. The time you invest now will pay off handsomely in the future in terms of productivity and satisfaction.

This challenge starts out being all about the STUFF. Somewhere along the line, it turns into so much more. I can't explain it but I'm looking forward to when you discover it and feel it. I guarantee if you soldier on, it will happen for you, too!

Good luck to all!



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Posted: 9/8/2010 6:29:50 AM
I almost forgot to answer the question: my storage is on the second floor and the scrap studio is open and airy on the first floor. This forces me to put everything away as soon as I am done (which, for me, is the secret to staying organized).

My scrap studio is 15' x 8' with lots of windows and natural light so my stuff is stored upstairs and away from the sunlight. It's a little challenging but it looks so gorgeous. It's part of a great room (overall size of 15' x 45') so the visual effect is very pretty. There are no doors and it's not a separate room. The desk I have in that area is curly maple and I have foldaway tables readily accessible (in the basement) to bring up if I have a huge project or friends over to crop. If you didn't know, it looks like a Barnes & Noble reading area more than a scrap studio. Comfy chairs, solid worktop area, slender bookcases, no visual clutter.

I like having a scrap area that doesn't look like the stereotypical scrap area. With everything organzied it only takes a few minutes to bring everything downstairs to get down to business. Best of all, it has stayed organized all this time.


Pelly





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Posted: 9/8/2010 6:49:43 AM
OH YAY!!!
I'm so glad I caught this at the beginning this time!
I'm mostly a lurker here but I really really need to do this with some thought. My DH teases me ALL the time about spending so much time organizing that I never scrap anymore! Maybe if I go about this in an organized manor, I'll actually get to scrap more!

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 dedicated space...it is half of our bonus room and I share it with my kids' playroom. I have constructed a "wall" with some shelves and a babygate! It's rough but works...now if I could just get my furniture arranged so IT makes sense!

What is working for me:
1. My color organization bins
2. My stamp organization

What isn't working:
1. My punch storage
2. Photo storage
3. Layout "need to do's" and "have done's". (that totally makes sense in my head, LOL!)
4. Album Storage

I also won't be packing up my space BUT I will be going thru each thing as the week calls for it. I'm ready!!

McLisa
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Posted: 9/8/2010 7:02:25 AM
Pelly (pelirroja),

We would love to see photos of your two spaces. They sound wonderful.


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Posted: 9/8/2010 11:18:56 AM
I have a dedicated space - my entire Bonus Room!

What works for me:
  • CS organization, by color, in folders (but, have to keep hues together!)
  • embellishments in 12x12 envelopes (Container Store) by category, but hard to get to
  • PP **if** it were really organized!
  • stickles -- love my system!
  • embossing powder & glitter -- pretty much!


what doesn't work:
  • organization of the room! very hard to get to each category of stuff. the drawers & bookcases & baskets & etc & etc not properly laid out! what week is this??
  • QuicKutz! not easy to get to, to use!!!! lots of $$ invested here!
  • ribbon!
  • lots of misc stuff that needs organizing!

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Posted: 9/8/2010 1:04:00 PM
Forgot to answer the question..

I have a dedicated room, 14 x 14.

What works for me:
Overall design of room, colors, etc.
Basic storage

But I have a secret desire for a room with an edgy feel. One that Tim Holtz could pop into and be at home in. One where my secret stash of black crows and cemetary art would fit.

What doesn't work?
Flippin paper storage. I've done it 3 different ways so far and still can't decide on what works best. Really, if I would scrap I could get rid of most of this.

Embelishment storage - general items not theme specific. I'm still not convienced I love my 2 clip it ups. I refer to them as wheels of death. Spin it and something comes flying off. Better duck, just saying.

Storage for my paper trimmer. It doesn't fit in any drawer and it's always falling apart. I'd love to have a basket mounted under my desk.

Adjacent wall where my tv is. I hate this wall, I hate the furniture. I really want an antique card catalog or large Chinese apothecary chest.



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Posted: 9/8/2010 2:48:28 PM
I'm in. My space is about 10x13 and I have to share it with the twin sized guest bed and it is A DISASTER. My motivation for starting is because I would love to have a calming, relaxing place to create in. Plus, I might actually be able to get something done if I could find stuff!

Momto2
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Posted: 9/8/2010 3:34:59 PM
I'm in, if I can tweek to make it work for me. We just moved and I JUST unpacked the bulk of my room, so there is no way I am packing up anything. I still have 15 or so random boxes to unpack. I do need to organize as I just put stuff anywhere when I unboxed. Will make a commitment to work on the topic covered each week.

Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated" space or is your dedicated space "everywhere"? What's your motivation to get organized?

I share a HUGE bonus room with my son, so I have about a space the size of a reasonably large bedroom to work with (sorry don't have the measurements at work). My motivation is to be able to find what I have and not keep buying dups of everything.

Renee



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