so, prior to the roundtable episode, I was starting to sift through the piles... yes, i'm one of those people - I make piles. those piles end up getting moved around and, eventually, usually end up on the floor. I also throw things into baskets - not necessarily always the baskets they belong in, though. one thing I've learned over the years is that clean and organized are not the same. yes, my room is clean - actually, it's immaculate. everything is picked up and put away. the real question, though, is what's your definition of put away?
thought i'd post a few pics of the process...
i'm sure, by now, you're curious what prompted me to want to spend some time talking to aby in the first place, right?
let me show you...
this is what I was doing the night I read noell's blog post - organizing... well, if that's what you want to call it. really, I think I was just making a much bigger mess than the one I started with.
here's the comment I left for noell - "I have one of those spaces where looks can be deceiving. everything looks pretty, but it's definitely not practical and it isn't functioning well for me. my biggest two issues are... - well, actually, there are three... paper, embellishments, and art supplies. does that about cover everything that's in there? In all seriousness, there are bits and pieces of things that are working well for me. I organize paper and embellishments by color and art supplies by type. Still, they don't seem well-organized and accessible. It's such a pain to work through a page because I'm up and down and things are here and there - there's no flow. I thought kits would be the answer, but they're not. I forget I have them. I would love to have separate work stations for different things - scrapbooking, mixed media/art journaling, and project life, but not sure how to go about something like that with as little space as I have and without spending a fortune."
I have no doubt that a lot of my frustration comes from lacking horizontal work space. all the vertical shelving in the world does me no good whatsoever if I don't have enough space to work.
sadly, I end up with these kinds of messes all the time. I start working on something and before you know it, my space looks exactly like this... i end up dumping out a couple of baskets and sitting on the floor surrounded by the mess.
I've tried organizing - well, if you look at the labels on the side bar - atleast a half dozen times. I get to a certain point and I get frustrated. I say i'll deal with it later and when later comes... rinse. lather. repeat.
i actually just picked everything up, tossed some things into baskets, and put all the piles on the shelves in the closet. I figured i'd wait until after the show to touch anything else. i kind of figured i'd already done enough damage for one day at that point. lol...
if you've listened to this episode and you're interested in seeing what changes I make, i'll continue to post updates. my goal, after talking to aby, is to fine-tune the small storage, to get everything together that belongs together, and to create the look/feel of having separate work stations. there's absolutely no good reason - atleast not one I can think of - for the same thing to be in three different places - well, unless i'm trying to guarantee that i'll never be able to find anything.
do you have a favorite container? leave me a comment and let me know about it. i'd love to hear more ideas.
have a great night!