Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I decided to begin just inside the door and work my way down the wall and around the perimeter of the room. I'm trying to stay within the rules of organizing using the theory of keep, toss, give away, or sell. So, the work began and my first wall became visible again! Thoughts of being a hoarder and a total organizational failure were springing into my mind, but I managed to keep my resolve and press forward and focus on what I was accomplishing, and not on what a freaking mess I had before me.
Day 2: I only dallied one hour today and hit my re-org project with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Since I'm gutting the room, I'm creating piles in other areas of the upstairs, but I know this is a temporary measure. I can't believe the crap I've accumulated over the years and as I said to my friend, Ann, why do we hang onto stuff we haven't touched in over ten years?!?
This situation reminds me of the Biggest Loser standing on a scale half dressed for all the world to see the shocking reality! So, good-bye old stuff! Once the space is cleared, my brother inlaw is building desparately needed shelves in the walk-in closet. Next, I'll remove a half wall of wallpaper so I can re-paint the room. Wish me luck on that job! I envision a soft tint that quietly sets a calming yet creative tone. I love vintage, yesteryear and girlie things and this room will speak LYN!
Day 3: More of the same clearing and tossing and organizing for several hours. I just can't believe how daunting all this stuff is when trying to organize it. I'm also struggling to understand why things became disorganized in the first place so as not to repeat this nightmare again. For example, buttons. I have a zillion buttons that are in two separate plastic containers - one is primarily dark buttons and one is lighter shades. The problem with these containers is that if you see a button in there, you can't get at it 'cuz the container is too deep! So, what is the answer? I don't know, but I'm going to throw everything in a cookie tin. It is sturdy and easy to see the buttons and easy to reach them. Now, that that's settled, let's talk about ribbon. Like buttons, I hoard ribbon and love collecting them. Storing ribbon is quite another matter. The ribbon already on spools is easy to keep tidy. It is the shorter lengths that becomes a huge problem for me. I have some solutions in mind, but for now, they are all stuffed in a plastic drawer waiting for me to make sense of it all once my room is painted.
Day 3: Progress Photo! The dresser is being removed to another
bedroom and I'm selling the tower and most of the stamps in it!The ugly banquet chair will be replaced with a flee market find.
I feel empowered looking at this photo and the nightmare of the "before" photo is far behind me now. I am also putting myself out there for all of you to share in my transformation project. Perhaps you'll be encouraged to tackle a similar project along with me. For those of you who are already totally organized, I'll be there soon enough! This experience can also lend itself to share what organizing tricks work for you; specifically, button and ribbon storage. I'll be posting again next week on the next phase of my craft space progress. Meanwhile, take a look at your stuff and see what you can do to get organized in 2010!