Sunday, September 14, 2008

Room Review Lisa R


Yeah! We have another room review for you. Here is Lisa's room BEFORE and what she had to say.

"Since my son moved out, I 'flipped' his room into my 'new' scrapbook room....
"I've been so danged busy organizing! LOL! I have still a lot
to organize. Some of those pictures, like the closet picture, the stuff is out
of the closet(as well as out from next to the dresser)so that's empty now and
I've placed some totes inside the closet with the vacuum. So that's better now."

Lisa took her room from Before (see above) when she couldn't even walk into the doorway to completely empty (see below)

to organized the best way she felt it would go (see below)
What a wonderful improvement. Kudos and Congrats to Lisa for all her hard work. I think she did most of it in about a week too. I know she was very excited as it all started to come together for her. Here is what she had to say,

".... OMG, I feel SO MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE!!!! I still have LOTS of 'internal' organizing to
do but for the most part, 99.9% of the stuff, I know what's what, and exactly
where it's at! Let me know what you think. Comments are ALWAYS appreciated!"

Lisa must be one determined and brave gal because she then asked ME to review her room for her and see if we could fine-tune it a bit more. Well you don't have to ask me twice to help someone get organized! So here we go. Let's take a closer look at Lisa's stations and areas for her scrapbooking. I see a few things we can still tweek a bit to help her get even more productive and FIND her items even more quickly as she works.

As we enter the room, I believe this is the scene to our left. My impression here is that you can still put away a few more items. Clear that desk. Put away work towels, pens, tools every time you use them. It looks like a bottle of olive oil and a container of wet wipes are on the table, a box on the floor and a t shirt hanging from the curtains. :) Decide if you like the curtains open or shut and keep them that way. You have mini blinds for privacy so I say keep the blue drapes all the way open. If you can, place that black circle fan down on the floor. It will circulate the cool air around more effectively at a low point than up near the 'hot air rises' ceiling. If you have any small children then go ahead and keep the fan up higher as it is. Cushions on the chair looks comfy. Here is a shot of this same area from another angle.This photo looks a little neater. However, your actual workspace on this desk is very small. Move those totes or carriers off the workspace and up onto the pen holder box where the fan sits now. You need elbow room and 12-14 inches isn't much depth when scrapping. You do have more wall space in front of this desk area so lets go UP and use it. And a closer look at the back of the left wall brings us to the paper stackers and the tall white modular units. This area looks fabulous except I think maybe that highest tower of boxes might be a littl to high up. Make sure everything is secure and safe.

Lisa says,
"With my stamps, what my hubby is going to do is make a stamp shelf for me. But
since he hasn't done it yet, stamps remain in the containers which I hate
because finding them is pure hell! LOL! He's going to make me this stamp shelf.
It will look like framed corkboard with shelves for the stamps. Then instead of
laying each stamp 'flat'(facing forward to where you see the entire stamp), he's
going to put 'slats' on the shelves. This way you can slide the stamps inside
the slats to hold more like a bookshelf type of thing. I will then be able to
have all my Christmas stamps in one section of the shelf, birthday in another
etc. What do you think of that idea?"

My only tip here is to label things more completely. Who knows when Lisa's hubby will have time to make those shelves? In the meantime, get out of 'stamp hell' by labeling. In the close ups I see many boxes marked "Adhesives" and several marked "Stamps" with no further sub category. Be more specific on those big boxes of supplies and you will save yourself time. Are they fall stamps, winter stamps, florals, or wording stamps? Are the adhesives runners, dots, or wet glues? More complete labels will break it down so you can find things even faster.

Here is what Lisa shared about her paper storage with me:
"As for the paper, dang, I ran out of room. lol So I had to do the best I could but I would love to know your advice. I like it when you give me the advice with the picture because I'm very visual. That's why I chose blog room review. :) Still extremely busy. Taking baby steps! LOL! ""

I love these modular units. You have done a great job on the horizontal wire paper storage and vertical white modular here. You still have slots on the wire rack so you have room to grow. If you later have more paper than you have stackers, get more of the wire cubes and add to that horizontal storage. On the white modular units, I do notice that the drawers at the bottom are NOT labeled at all in the little silver slots. Be sure to do that!

Moving across the far back of the room we have another window wall. More T shirts as decor?? Not sure why? But if you want to display a t shirt, put it on a special hanger and hang it on the wall space. Again on the curtains, open up the blue ones to the sides for looks and let the white miniblind be the privacy screen. The aliens scare me a bit (haha) but I see they are really an online friend group --so no worries. LOL

Your Sizzix and die cutting station looks pretty good. Bravo!! Love the Taz. :)
Lisa concludes:

"I'm soooooooo excited to go scrap! I just have way too many other things to do
first! LOL! Such as now cleaning my patio...whew! Never me know
what you think! :) I tried to organize them in order..... Love Lisa "

Lisa, I am excited for you too!
I hope you get a lot of gratifying and creative work done in here. I think you have made fabulous progress between the BEFORE and the AFTER. Keep going, put things away each day, and Happy Scrapping!!!


Shutterfly link to Lisa'a original 64 pics


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU ROCK!!!! I love your advice & will heed it. FYI, Shirts-decorations I plan on framing those shirts when I get the $$$ for the frames. One shirt is from Jeff Cook(of the Super Country group Alabama)himself-very special to me, the other is a limited ed. of the Alabama Livin', Lovin', Rockn' & Rollin' Album-shirt is actually numbered-again-special to me. Just waiting to get frames for them. :)

I planned on labeling the cubes more and will extend my labeling to the 'extra' labeling of the stamps/adhesives & such.

I will keep your advice & heed it. THANK YOU SOOOO much for taking the time to do this for me. Your advice is very, very much appreciated! Love Lisa R.

Rockester said...

Yeh Alabama! That will be a great way to showcase the t shirts in the room! And by the way , you are very welcome on the review... I hope others get inspired by your drive to get it done. You did your room pretty quickly! Hurray and good work! :)

carol said...

It looked like a monumental task, but with Rocks help..ALL is possible, well a little Get Up and Go helps.
Great Job!!!!!

Karen said...

Lisa....awesome job on what you have done. I can see you are a person who needs to see what you have. You have done a great job categorizing your stuff and getting it put in places that help you use it. Good luck finishing up and be sure to share it once you get it done. I am looking forward to having a house where I can HAVE a scraproom again and being able to start at ground zero purging and bringing things in little by little.

Rock, you are fantastic to do these room reviews. Thanks for all you do to keep us hoarders, stashers, and collectors organized!

Jeanne said...

Looks like a great review. Unfortunately for me, I cannot seem to enlarge the photos to really see what is being talked about.

I'm happy for her for being gung-ho and getting it done!

Lorabele said...

I would love to be able to see the room, but the pictures don't seem to want to enlarge. Any way we can get bigger pictures? It looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

For those that liked my room, if you want to see larger pictures, please get my email from the group & feel free to email me. Then I can send you an 'invite' to see my online album.

Rock, I had most of the stuff mostly organized prior to this, it just needed the extra tlc and continuing to make it more organized. I did organized it a little more since this & will add my pix to my current online album when I take them. I am a kind of person that does like to see what I have & where because I'm also legally blind. Labels and seeing things where they are sure help me tremendously. Karen, I had some extra spice racks. MIL passed in March, I aquired OODLES of spices. Bought lots of spice racks, used what I needed, had extras but nowhere to hang in kitchen(until now...that I moved all my stuff out of there)but I decided they'd be awesome for my paints/flowers and such. Worked great & hubby liked the idea too after I showed him. :) I so know what you mean with having your own space, omgosh it makes the WORLD OF DIFFERENCE! I'm so incredibly INSPIRED & MOTIVATED that much more! :)

Jeanne & Lorabel, email me & I'll send you both invites to see my album of this. New pix haven't been added yet though. Thank you again Rock, I don't know what I'd do without your site & FlyLady's site with both of your advices, I'll soar even higher soon!!! THANK YOU! Love Lisa R.

Anonymous said...

HI gals!
Lisasw original slide show for the 64 priginal pics of her space are here

Hope that link works for you. I am not sure why they are saved so small this time around. Blogger did it automatically for me when I uploaded. But you can see more detail at Lisa's Sutterfly link.

Good luck!