So, I was trying to avoid work tonight and happened across this blog…
She has twenty-nine (that’s 29!!!!) weeks of scrapbook supply organization. I don’t know if I’ll need every single week, but that’s ok, that week can either be a week off OR… I get to move along faster. I assume some weeks will take more time and others less, but hey, that’s good. In the process, I’m thinking that it’ll be fun to actually use things that I have once I have an easier time knowing how to find everything. So, I’m going to try it. I may find out that it’s not for me after all, but it’s pretty impressive.
First, I’m going to list every post about it here so that I have my own ready reference. My intention is to blog about my success or failure for each week’s task as well. Just because I can. Who knows if I’ll actually do it. I find that every time I think I’ll start a blog series, I fail. So, I’ve been trying to create the series FIRST and then start posting. Yeah, you’ve seen how successful that is too. But hey, I’m going to try.
Craft Organization Challenge
Week 1– Space Audit
Week 2– Brainstorming
Week 3– Start Small or Go for Broke
Week 3– Bonus for Overhaulers
Week 4- Paper
Week 5- Scrap Paper
Week 6– Photo Organization
Week 7– Ideas
Week 8– Projects and UFOs
Week 9- Embellishments
Week 10– Alphas
Week 11– Stickers & Rub-ons
Week 12– Ribbons & Fibers
Week 13– Stamps
Week 14– Cropping Supplies (This is what she’s calling “your take it with you when you work with friends” kit)
Week 15– Ink Pads & Embossing Supplies
Week 16– Paints, Glitters, & Stickles (whatever that is)
Week 17– Punches
Week 18– Tools
Week 19– Chipboard
Week 20– Die Cuts
Week 21– Pens & Pencils
Week 22– Dies (no, this isn’t what happens to you if you do all this!)
Week 23– Templates
Week 24– Memorabilia
Week 25– Negatives
Week 26– Two Part Week. (1) How are you going to keep it clean and (2) Organizing Albums
Week 27– Fonts
Week 28– Card Storage
Week 29– Make it Pretty
One thing she puts in every single post is her list of “rules of organization.” I thought they were excellent so I’m sharing them now. Please note, these rules belong to the brilliant blogger at “My Love Affair with the Label Maker” and not mine.
1. Label your containers.
2. Be consistent in your methods.
3. Don’t be too specific – your search for your items within your space should be short and simple.
4. Your organizational method should be easy to take out AND put away.
5. When organizing, break any large piles into smaller groupings. Have a 2 foot tall stack of paper to sort? Do it in 1″ high chunks, it will be easier to handle mentally.
6. If it’s something that you use on almost every project, then keep it within reach of your main scrap area.
7. Don’t stress your containers. Get a new system or purge your stash.
8. For most items, product packaging adds bulk. Toss it. One exception – rub ons.
9. Repurpose when you can – almost anything can be painted or covered in paper/fabric.
10. THE GOLDEN RULE – FIRST choose an organizational method, THEN choose a container that fits your space and style. Always shop for containers with a list in hand – a beautiful container is simply clutter if it doesn’t have a dedicated purpose in your space!
I figured out (after going through the entire thing) that this blog is ONLY about this challenge so I can’t tell you that there are any great other things there, but maybe she’ll come along and add other fun stuff for us organizational junkies.
The whole thing has me spinning wondering if I could do something similar with my sewing gear. If I do it, I’ll let you know.