Friday, September 4, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Below is my new system for organizing paper scraps. One of my new toys was a Brother labeler, so I was able to neatly label the files by color or category (i.e. brown, scratch paper, vellum, etc.). I am all in to repurposing things, so when I received my card candy from a recent swap and figured that it fit perfectly in a square kleenex box, well, Voila! That's what you see in front of the files on the right. On the left are a couple of Tupperware tall square rounds holding a variety of stickers (the kind that come free in the mail along with address labels), water color pencils, note pads, and so on. The glass jar was my great antique store find full of four different colors of buttons that are great for scrapping and card making.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
... and this cubie on my hutch had a bunch of other books in it that I'll be donating, so now it has "keeper" books that don't need to be out in the bookcase. You know, things like those antique poetry books and Bible College research books (Nave's, Vine's, hymnal, etc.)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Here's how far I've gotten so far this week. I got a to-do list created. TA-DA!!! Hey, at least I got that done, and being the type of person who needs to have some structure to keep her on track, this was an important first step. The actual list has squares to the left of each number so I can check them off as they get done. There's also a line going all the way down about 2 inches from the right side of the page so I can scribble notes if needed. As you can see, this is quite a project. Tomorrow morning DH and I are going garage saling (sailing looks better, but that's not how it's spelled) with our DD and SIL, then when we get back DH is going to a baseball card sale, so maybe I'll get started on it while he's gone. Of course having received some books from the library in the mail today I might be a little distracted, especially by this one:Pretty Little Patchwork
My To-Do List
- 1. Take everything off
- 2. Sort and categorize
Books – relocate (see bookcase)
Misc – relocate if not craft or computer
- 3. Put storage items in bottom drawer of metal file cabinet
- 4. (There's a blank line under each category for last minute tasks.)
- 1. Categorize books
Keep – catalog
Scan – put in other den
Donate – put in box
Sell – put in box
- 2. Relocate non-book items
- 1. Remove and shred outdated material
- 2. Categorize and label all files
- 3. Organize files in drawers by category
Household (i.e. receipts & warranties)
Other (i.e. travel)
- 1. Remove boxes and cases from floor and sort/toss/etc.
- 2. Remove clothing not worn in past year
- 3. Evaluate magazines and notebooks on shelves and toss if not needed
- 4. Install rail on floor or remove doors (?)
- 1. Organize craft table
- 2. Organize wire cubes
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The bookcases are packed full of assorted craft, cooking, health and other books, many of which have never been opened beyond the day I bought them. My plans are to donate or repurpose a bunch of them to free up space for craft supplies that aren't as heavy as the books which have caused slight bowing of the thin shelves. Oh, did you notice the Cricut Expressions to the right of my paper bin on the desk? My dh bought that for me after listening to me carry on about all I could do with it. Isn't he a dear!
Closer shot of the side desk. The wooden thing holding my stamp pads came from a church garage sale, only cost something like 25 cents and works great. There are shelves underneath that hold my small stamp container, punch container, various paper files, notebooks and two plastic stacking drawers holding more... you guessed it... PAPER!
Every crafter has to have her tv for background noise, right? The repurposed notebooks on the right hold most of my printed instructions for just about any craft you could think of. Yeah, I'm a pattern collector!
This is just way too embarassing, but hey, if you make a public commitment to change, it has to happen, right? That timer (yellow thing) is there so when I've got something going in another room (laundry or cooking) I can make it ding to remind me. On the right are a couple of my photo storage boxes that, unlike many craft rooms I've admired, are NOT matching. My style is more what some would call bohemian, ecclectic, shabby chic (?) or some other word. For now it's just pure trashy and needs to be fixed. I'd love to hear comments and suggestions and promise to keep you posted as I dive in to the transformation!