Thursday, April 5, 2007

30 Day Organizational Challenge

I **REALLY** hate doing this, but I just can't help myself when a good challenge comes my way. I'm an Organizing Junkie is having an organizing challenge this month, with some great prizes.

I'm throwing my hat in the ring, and posting pictures of the room I need to straighten up. It is my workspace. And I hate showing the world my greatest mess. But I do need some motivation. When we moved, I unpacked and organized the entire house, and this is the last room. I have come a long way. I really wish I had pictures of this room full of boxes (I had some, but lost them in the bad-hard-drive-incident). Can you believe it actually looked worse than this at one point? I need to get this room to a place where I can actually function and get things done, and enjoy my surroundings too. I have a gazillion pictures that need to be scrapped, and all kinds of other crud that needs a special home. Wish me luck!

Here are some of the questions Organizing Junkie wants me to consider when reorganizing my room:
1. What do I want the purpose of my room or area to be? A workroom for me only. For scrapping, sewing and crafting.
2. What do I need in or near the room to serve that purpose? I need a sewing work table, and a separate scrapping work table. I also need storage for projects and supplies.
3. What can I remove from the room? junk. And all the pictures that still need to be hung up in my house . . . they can go on the walls!
4. What problems do I see with the room? Mostly, thousands of pictures that need to be put in order and then in books.
5. What organizational tools might solve those problems? Bins and baskets. I also think I need special container for each scrapbook and the pictures that are going to go in it.
6. What habits need to change to solve the organizational problems? Actually finishing my projects, and cleaning up after myself!
7. What kind of a budget do I have to create the organized room of my dreams? I give myself $50. Hopefully it will be less. Probably will be more.
8. What kind of a time line is necessary to organize the room? I need to set my deadline for the end of April so I will be motivated to finish this room.
9. What is my plan of action? Read the complete article with descriptions of each of the questions here. I will have to get back to this question. Haven't read the article. My kids are home from school right now and I'm in a hurry.
10. Who can I ask to help me with this? I will do this project myself, and my family can help by getting their chores done so my house doesn't look like a hurricane blew through when I'm done.


Trish said...

I don't know which would be harder -- the 80's pics or my messy room pics...that's a tough one. I am going to check out that 30 challenge, so thanks for the info. When it comes to organizing my house, I think the first person I need to call is the guy down the street who owns the bulldozer with a big bucket.

Trish said...

Meant to say 30 DAY challenge...but I needed to come back anyway and tell you that your blog inspires me to make my home a prettier place. You have great ideas!

DivaDeb said...

Heather, can I share something that REALLY helped me when I recently organized my office/studio?

I made a list of all of the activities I would be doing in the space, THEN I made a list next to each activity of the supplies & tools I would need for it. Once I had done that, I knew how much workspace and how much & what type of storage I would need for all of the supplies. Doing that helped me to create 'zones' and then group like activities in each zone.

In my office, it looks like this: computer/photo/billing/office tasks; paper arts/giftwrapping; research/design/product development; etc. Some activities use the same supplies - so i tried to place them adjacent to one another with supply storage in between.

I hope this makes sense, and helps you! It's a huge job, but it is SO worth it when you are done!

(Just put on some Hawaiian Tropic tanning lotion, a Beach Boys CD, and drink ice cold Coke while you are working....pretend it's your beachhouse on Coronado!!!!!;o) )

Martha said...

You go ON with your bad self, girl!

That is a great room to have all to yourself! Are you a sewer? How did you learn?

Are you going to wait until the kids go back to school?

I hope you're having a great time with your parents and kidlets!


org junkie said...

Hi! First of all, what a great room and great shelves. My best advice is take everything out of the room and start from scratch. It is amazing what a fresh perspective gives you to try something different than the same way you had it set up before. Only bring back in what you want to keep.
Good luck. Can't wait to see the after pictures!


Anonymous said...

Your room looks great compared to mine...mine is horrible, and I'm not up to challenging myself right now...LOL
I really do need organized..I should sign up for this.

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