Monday, February 04, 2008

My Troubled Workroom :)

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Here are the photos! Walk with me through the before and after pics of my various sections of the room. :) You won't believe how messy a room can get in one month (NOV/DEC) and how clean it can get in two weekends of really sorting and hard work (1/13/2008 and 1/20/2008)

Above: AFTER: Inspiration board
My inspiration board of photos of my family. It really is just a garage sale bulletin board hung long way on a door back and covered in pretty fabric. Use what you have to make your space special and creative--including those precious photos.

Below: Before: cutting desk my cutting station desk with a few projects stacked on it.

And then...after...The cutting station desk with a close up of my tool caddy. It is really a garage sale find--a Pampered Chef tool turn around. This wooden desk is in need of a coat of paint but I love that it is sturdy and STAYS where it should when I am using the Sizzix or the giant iron school guillotine paper cutter (garage sale $1 -true!)

Ohhh Ouch!...a desk shot before

My next desk seen here above is my actual scrapping area and this had just seen piling after piling of project remains during the holiday season in December. Classic drop it and move on and shut the door during the Christmas season. No time. etc. This lasted about 3 weeks before it drove me nuts.

After: These are the shelves above my work desk. I decided that the colorful canvas boxes from a children's toy storage unit would fit in my metal shelving. I needed a splash of color up here and it all ties in with my Mary Engelbreit color scheme. I also used large jumbo paper clips to clip inspiration layouts and magazine images and my own photographs to these canvas boxes. Check out the love bugs on the third box from the right. LOL

Pretty lunch boxes with small samplings of monochromatic accents and specific supplies ready to grab and go off to crops. I get a lot oc compliments on these cute little thrift store finds turned into sb storage!

AFTER: Another shot of my main desk area, this time the lower section under the canvas box shelving you see in the previous pics. I put my ink back into my fave altered cassette holder with my kids pics on it. I had made this and it is shown closer up in this blog post from last year.

BEFORE: above: My computer/family history desk near my computer. Since I created 6 notebooks about my Grandfather's childhood and early marriage just before the Christmas holiday, this was also a mess. The only good thing here is the Dymo Labeler!

Same spot! Above you see my computer and family history desk in much better shape after clearing up. The large baskets are history documents and items that need to be added into my data and filed in my notebooks. I am getting there. :) Those notebooks have their own bookcase on the back of my studio (seen below in messy mode.)

Family History Notebook Central (Before: above).
And lots of office and family papers and receipts that needed to be sorted. I plowed thoough these in about 3 evenings. I was on a mission. Here you can also see above in lower right corner the busted deep blue stacker unit that used to be 6 ft high and is now out the door and gone. I also didn't like that so much was piled in front of the bookcase that I couldn't get to my histories anyway!

And here, AFTER: below, that same bookcase area after it is all cleared up and organized. I got rid of two stacking units and replaced them with the wire racks at right. I can now make sense of it all and what still needs to be done. Best of all the broken stackers are gone and no longer a tipping hazard.

Ohh, here is an embarrassing shot!

Above: Before: yikes!
I love drawers and stackers and I use them. But in the process of clearing out the large basement family room and streamlining, we elimiated a office desk. Well guess where those office supplies and stacker went? LOL Of course into the big heap! I knew I would be sorting my workroom soon and eliminating racks and stackers--so this mess was only in place about a week. But as you can see it is not a pretty sight. Some of the things I was not happy with in this pic above were my ink storage (I missed my old altered one), my cd spinner (half empty), having three Pampered Cheff tool turnarounds and not needing them all, and redundant office supplies.
After: look back at the white cutting staion desk above pic because it is the same area!!

A few more close ups of some of my other changes:

Glitter moved from misc plastic bottles and jars to lovely crystal and glass salt and pepper shakers. You don't need matching ones...oddballs are actually best of all sizes. These do not have to be portable to crops --so the open tops are fine. I love this look and it was all from the dollar store and from Goodwill!

I love the way the light comes through these little gems.

Fibers: Ok now for the fibers.
I had my large fiber collection on the back of a door to the studio and in a shoe bag hanger near the door. I would say I have about 300 plus different ribbon and yarn pieces and skeins and rolls/reels. I took all of them off the racks I had and bought wooden clothespins at the Dollar Tree.

I cut 3 yard hunks off all the skeins of yarn and just kept that much. I donated the rest on each skein to a prayer shawl ministry. I relaly don't need 300 yards of ANY fiber for scrapbooking a nice page. :)

Three or four yards of each will be more than enough. I the rolled this amount onto clothespins. So darn pretty. Tiring to wind them, yes. But lovely to see the colors through my glass cookie jars when done. The glass jars can be found in kitchen dept. at Walmart and K mart and Target. I in my true recycling style, got mine at Goodwill and Savers and ran them in the dishwasher.

Flowers and buttons: After
I previously had these in spice jars and in flat floss boxes by color. I wanted them all more visable on my shelves and pretty to the eye.

I genuinely like to see all the colorful items like my flowers, lunch boxes, glitters and ribbon pieces. It was hard to let go of some things and some containers. I also had to admit I don't need 400 yards of ANY yarn or fiber. Wind off a few yards and keep that. Let the rest go to a worthy charity. We have some that make scarves and mittens for needy and another that makes prayer shawls for the ill. Both will benefit from my almost full skeins of yarn... all 45 of them. But I still have plenty cut off an saved back for a cute layout.

Organize and streamline your stash. Take back you space. Make it YOURS. And most of all, get back to scrapping some pages for your family. That's what it is really all about. :)


marla1970 said...

wow! What a difference a few days makes! I took before pictures of my space last week. I worked for several hours on it and it looks worse in progress so I'm going to try to do some more this weekend and get some after pictures to share. your pictures have gotten me motivated to get to work! thanks for sharing! :) Marla

stampingtammy (from SC group) said...

I love the idea of using salt/pepper shakers for the glitter. How pretty! I might have to wait until my 2 year old gets a bit older before I make mine readily assessible though ... :)

Your ribbons look lovely too. I started doing that this past week as well and yes it is tiring (and painful after awhile.. lol).

Cheeky said...

I wanna come play in your room! LOL

Great job organizing!

Gea (SC group) said...

Rock I love your altered lunch boxes. Do you have directions or anything for them.

Whish my scrap area looked as great as your room.

Anonymous said...

I love the salt and pepper shakers for the glitters. I am going to start looking for different ones and do that for my stash

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Janet said...

I love your glitter collection. I found a couple of salt shakers yesterday and am getting started on my reorganization of the glitters. I think I will find a cute basket to set them in so they are easy to take from one place to another.

Debbie Littlejohn said...

What a great ribbon storage idea! Since I run a ribbon company my customers are always asking me for ideas. I'll be sharing this one with them I'm sure. Thanks for the idea.