I know I usually do organizing posts on Mondays, but I figured I’d make an exception this once because I haven’t blogged about this subject in a LONG time and also because I am planning on starting this special organizing project on August first so I want you to be up to date before I even strat.
It has been a while since I’ve done ANY organizing in my house. I do a little here and a littler there, but it doesn’t stay organized very long so I’ve kinda given up on it in the last 6 months or so. I remember last year when I would do these posts and make up a whole list of what I wanted to organize in one week. It was fun back then. Now, it seems like work. Probably because I haven’t done it in so long and the work has piled up and seems so overwhelming now.
So, I’m going to stop being lazy and START organizing again! I don’t think I’ll do a weekly post about it like I did last year, but I am definitely going to start keeping my house a little more organized and clean. It has gotten kinda bad in a few areas of our house!
Namely, the kitchen table and pantry:
The boys’ closet and dresser and a few other areas around their room:
The computer desk, which I didn’t take a picture of because it’s way too scary… actually I forgot and I’m too lazy to take a picture of it now. lol A picture will come with the post when I actually do organize it though so you can see a before and after comparison.
And worst of all my Craft Room!!
I seriously cannot believe how BAD my craft room is! I can barely walk through it! I started cleaning it up a little 2 weeks ago because I just couldn’t deal with how messy it was, but then I got busy with my photography job and then we went on “vacation” to my in-laws for 4 days, so it got neglected.
Now, I’m ready to get started and this time I’m going to completely gut the place. Well, so to speak. What I mean is I’m going to clear everything out and start from scratch. I just need to go through everything and figure out what I will actually use and what I won’t and get rid of what I won’t! I have TONS of stuff I’ve collected over the last three years with good intentions to use it and I haven’t even set eyes on those projects in the last 3 years! So, that comes to an end NOW!
Starting on August 1 I will be cleaning up my room. It will most likely be a long and tedious process and I will document it with pictures for you so you can see how imperfect my craft room is and how messy I really am. I look back at pictures of a clean craft room that I’ve blogged about before and I just laugh. My room never stays that clean for more than about 5 minutes! I take the pictures and then, BAM! It’s back to crazy and messy! How many of you are like that? It’s ok, you can be honest! I definitely am not one to judge and you can see that from the above pictures!
Ok, so I took these pictures of all the rooms on Wednesday and today is Thursday. I will most likely be cleaning the rest of my house today, like the bathrooms and laundry, since it too has been neglected in the past 2 weeks or so of me working and they REALLY need some love and attention. Not to mention vacuuming and mopping the kitchen floor! YIKES!
My plan will start in action tomorrow, August 1st. First things first, I need to be able to walk on the floor. And not just a little pathway to my computer desk! I want to be able to see the middle of my floor and be able to sit down on it if I so choose. I have TONS of bills and other mail just piled there because it was easier than sorting through it all. I will be spending a couple hours sorting through that mess I’m sure! Not looking forward to that, but it needs to be done!
Once all of the papers are organized and out of my craft room I will move onto the big and cumbersome ironing board that has collected projects and other stuff I’ve been meaning to work on or put away. The ironing board itself will also be put away. I think I’m going to make it a rule to not bring the ironing board into my craft room anymore. It’s just another area for me to put stuff. I can’t keep doing this!
August 2nd – Continue cleaning middle of the floor. Pick up and unpack Studio Calico boxes and take them to the garbage can outside!! I have about 4 of those big SC boxes just sitting all around the floor in my room and I don’t need them anymore!! I just hate throwing them away though! I don’t know why!
Clean up the corner by the weird green closet. It is such a mess right there in that corner. I don’t know what is back there because I haven’t seen it in months, but it all needs to find homes!
August 4th – Clean out the closet and organize the wrapping paper. Finish sewing Mark’s snorlax that I’ve been putting off for the last 2 years because I’m afraid to screw it up. It isn’t turning out as great as I had hoped and so I dread finishing it. Don’t you hate projects like that?!
August 5th – Clean off all shelves above my scrapbook desk, store everything in the closet. I will go through everything and put them in categories and throw out things that I know I probably won’t use anytime soon.
August 6th - Continue purging craft supplies and start putting things back on the shelves.
August 7th - Finish organizing shelves and make card holders for cards I make and don’t send out right away. I want to sit down one week and make 20 cards or more so that I have a ton and don’t have to make them as I go. I have a few that are waiting for birthdays to send out, but not enough to make me feel less stressed about it.
August 12th - Pull everything off of the cube shelving I have and reorganize it. I want to put all my Project Life kits up on the shelves above the scrapbook desk. Then I want to move my Studio Calico kits onto the cube shelves. Organize the cube shelves.
August 13th - Finish organizing the cube shelves, if not already done. Make washi tape holders for the cube drawers and organize them. Purge unwanted supplies.
August 14th – Clean under sewing/computer desk. Organize shelving under there and find a place for scrap fabric. Make a table skirt.
August 15th - Organize the top of my scrapbook desk. Glue baby food jars to the bottom of the bottom shelf to put eyelets in. I want to start using eyelets more and I don’t use them if I can’t see them. I also want to get things up off of my desk. It’s a little too crowded so I’m going to start figuring out what is going to stay and what will go.
August 18th - Re-organize my scrapbook desk drawers. They’re pretty organized for the most part, but I do want to make room for other things in them.
August 19th – Organize fabric book shelf! This task is going to take a while, I’m not sure how long, but I have a lot of fabric now and I need to do something else with it besides stacking it on top of each other. I’ve seen how others will buy cardboard from amazon and wrap fabric around it like it was a bolt at the store. I want to do it that way and I tried it, but I was just using cardboard from boxes we got in the mail so each piece was different. I think that made it not look so pretty and therefore I didn’t like it. So I might have to breakdown and buy the cardboard from amazon. *SIGH*
August 20th - Continue organizing fabric. I’m going to start organizing all of my patterns this day as well. I found this idea on pinterest to use binders and plastic sheet protectors. I love that! Easy and you can see all the patterns you have by just flipping through them. Mine are in boxes right now and I can never find the one I want when I need it. It’s kinda annoying.
August 21st -Secure the 3 white tower shelves to the far wall and organize sewing supplies in them. Finish organizing pattern binders and fabric book case.
August 22nd - Thoroughly organize the closet. I found this pin on pinterest and I want to do something similar to it. I might also start storing fabric in the closet because I’m running out of room in other places. I am thinking of doing something like this.
August 23rd - I want to start decorating my craft room as well and I love the little lanterns in this pin. I made a new board on pinterest called ‘Craft Room for Reals’ where I will put organizing and decorating ideas that I’m actually going to do in my room. This way I can narrow down what will actually work and not feel so overwhelmed!
August 25th ~ 30th - This is the last week of August and I will more than likely be trying to get everything ready for my kids going back to school. If I get any organizing done it will just be small things. Perfecting what I have already done and moving things around a little. I want to move my Silhouette into the closet on a little table and then just hook my laptop up to it when I need to use it so I have more room on my computer/sewing desk, but I have a feeling if I do that I probably won’t use it as much as I do. I might still play around with the idea. I want to buy some shelving for the closet so I can put some of the kids’ toys in there just so they aren’t always bringing toys from their room downstairs. I’ll have to figure out how that will work because of the wrapping paper and gift back area I want to have in the closet I’m not sure there will be much room for shelving. I might have to construct something myself. I’ll work it out though
Well, that is the plan for August to organize my craft room. I’m probably being way too optimistic and won’t even get half of this stuff done during the month, but I will just go along with the flow and if I go into September that is ok! I just need to have a plan to get me moving forward.
Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you have a wonderful day!