It's been a busy month for the shortest month of the year. I committed to working on organizing my scrapbook room as part of Org Junkie's 29 Day Organizing Challenge. I had grand plans, but then had to become realistic when eleven days out of the month I had house guests from out of town. That also meant I had two weekends I was busy with friends and family and not free to spend the time working on my project.
There is still more I want to do but I am happy with my progress and the room has already proven to be usable in its current state. I now enjoy spending time in there and I may just put off another organizing effort in there to work on a scrapbooking spread first.
Here's the before and after of the progress made between Feb. 1st and Feb. 29th.
I began trying to organize my punches. The bin was a mess! I emptied the bin and organized the punches on my table.
In order to ease the judging process even more and to help me narrow
down the much deserving winners I ask that participants complete a
challenge summary by answering the following seven questions:
1. What space did you decide to organize and why?
My scrapbooking/craft room that also doubles as a second guest room.
2. What steps did you take to ensure you completed the space within the 29 day timeline?
I started by looking at the calendar and setting mid-month deadlines
for myself. This was driven by the fact that I had guests coming twice
during the month and needed the mess to be contained within the room for
the first guest and for the second visit, the room had to be
functioning as a guest room! I also read through and referred to the PROCESS and tried to follow that although once I was on a roll, I didn't stop to refer back to the steps.
3. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was getting motivated again once it had been
presentable for my mother-in-law. This was time for the detailed
organizing within the shelves. Unfortunately, I now knew what I needed
to purchase for some of my solutions, but I hadn't budgeted the time or
money to do so this month. That will be a next step to come.
4. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?
Some items were ready for the trash bin. Others were added to the
donation pile in the garage (headed for the donation station next week.)
One of the after photos shows a few more stickers and punches headed to this bin. A few items were added to the kids' craft supplies.
5. Tell me one of your proudest moments during this challenge?
I was proud to have the room presentable as a guest room in time for my mother-in-law to arrive. I was proud to have inspired my husband to clean out the closet and purge some of the bags. I was proud of myself when I walked into the room and smiled one day because it was clean, organized and there was inspiration radiating back at me from the walls.
6. Explain any organizing “tools” you used to help you create additional space and to establish some limits and boundaries?
My random crafts are now limited to one bin and one bin/drawer. They are stacked together and that's it. My stamping is now limited to two shelves. I may expand this when I get some organizing products to better streamline this process but it's contained and limited now. Having my stickers organized means I will not "need" to run out for that sticker that I thought I had because now I can find what I have and make that work. My paper and scraps are organized in rainbow order and I can quickly grab the colors I need.
7. What is ONE piece of advice you’d give to someone else to encourage them on their organizational journey?
Set a goal. Set a plan (whether it's steps or calendar driven). Keep going. Acknowledge when you get overwhelmed and then pick up five items and move forward. Stick to one project. Finish it. Reward yourself. Repeat.
Thank you, Laura for the challenge! Thank you sponsors for making a challenge like this possible. I'm ready to keep the progress going, but I'm also ready to tackle the office!