Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Organizing: Good for the Soul

So I was feeling pretty depressed and loser-ish yesterday, about the fact that no one seemed interested in my awesome giveaway, among other things. MiMi tried to console me by trying to convince me it was because of the holiday, and not a reflection on my level of lameness. Hmmmf.

I then went downstairs to the dungeon (AKA my unfinished basement) to put something away. MiMi has mentioned how she wishes her craft area weren't in the garage - but it's sorta like having it be in a dungeon. Yep that's where the magic happens at my house. A room in a dungeon with a table and a desk.

I looked around my room and saw the disaster it had become. You see, Cowgirl had decided that finished or unfinished, she was done sharing a room with her sisters. After Christmas she moved all her stuff down to a room in the dungeon, we put a bed and dresser down there, and hung some sheets for walls (yes we are white trash extraordinaire), and that is her room. Only it HAD been the room that I had been storing all my Ribbon Blossoms materials in. It had already become somewhat scattered as I brought stuff from her room into my workroom to make stuff, and also upstairs sometimes. Then I'd just move it to the side and bring new stuff out to work on. Then I'd just pile it all up to try and get it out of the way. When I had to clear my crap out of Cowgirl's space, I stacked and piled it all up in my dungeon craft room. Here's the result:

Don't you judge me.

Yesterday, while looking around and feeling pathetic, I decided to do something about it.  Do you know what it's like to be as disorganized as I am and be IRL besties with someone like Tanielle?  And have bloggy friends like Shawn and Vivienne?  All organized, all immaculate in their house-keeping.  I mean I know I haven't ever been to Shawn's or Viv's houses - but I've seen pictures!  And I know they are clean and orderly.

I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.  I had crap piled all over the floor, all over my work table, the bookshelf, and the desk I bought years ago to turn that little corner space into an office area.  Then our computer died and we only have our laptop - so the space sits collecting dust and other crap that I pile onto it.

I sorted all my bow and tutu-making supplies into their respective bins.  I have some boxes of craft supplies that aren't for Ribbon Blossoms in some boxes under my table - those will have to be sorted out another day. Anyway, I won't bore you with a play-by-play, but I do have some pictures for ya.  Because everybody loves some good before and after shots, right?

Now, as you look - keep in mind that my basement is unfinished - no walls.  In the background you can still see some of the crap from my other rooms.  But they aren't trashed like this room was.

Now I know I need to get some different bins for some of the stuff, as my supplies have outgrown the containers I originally stored them in, and now the lids won't fit.  And I also need some shelves.  But I'm trying to do everything on a budget and not spend when I don't have to, so I'm just working with what I have for now.

Regardless, getting all this crap sorted out, and being able to walk into my craft dungeon without feeling like I'm maneuvering an obstacle course really does make me feel a lot better than I was for most of the day yesterday!  I think I'll find another project to build myself worth up even more.  OR....or y'all could click here and enter my awesome giveaway and that would make me feel great also.

It really is a cool program - and for my friends who already have the program - maybe you could mention it on your blog or FB or Twitter?  You know - help spread the word, even though you're not entering the giveaway?  K thanks!

I'm linking up with Shawn and Impulsive Addict  -  because those chicks are fun to talk to!!

p.s. I made my before and after layouts in the software I'm giving away!  If you win you will love it!

p.p.s. The plan is to have Cowgirl's room finished shortly - will do some fun before and afters of that also.  And then the rest of the basement after that.  You better hope we get it done Myya - cuz this is gonna be your room this summer!!


Valerie said...

Your organization makeover looks fantastic!
And I am "like, totally" interested in entering the giveaway...I've just been having trouble with blogger for a few days & haven't been able to leave comments or even view some blogs. :)
Don't despair! :)

Vivian said...

Wow...your hard work payed off. Organizing is good for the soul and mind... I couldn't agree with you more!

Impulsive Addict said...

Look at you go girl! Way to do some organizing! And yes, Shawn's house is perfect. I've been there. It is and she is NEVER allowed to come see my little bity house EVER! She would just laugh. (I know her!)

I would totally enter if I didn't already have it! I'll go tweet it, ok honey?

Thanks for linking up! Me love you long time.

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Yay for organization!!! You should come to my house. Four kids {one is a crazy two, almost three year old who destroys everything in her path}, a guy who lives outside and is constantly draggin' in "the outdoors", and the fact that our property is a muddy mess right now until we can afford to landscape. Um, yeah.

Off to enter the giveaway!!

Emmy said...

Awesome awesome job!!! And when I used to have a craft space (now I just have a closet in the garage I have to drag things out of to the kitchen table when I want to craft) mine looked exactly like your before pics.

I will tweet about your giveaway, as yep I already have it.

Macey said...

You did AWESOME!
And I love how you used the program for your before and after shots!!
Hey, also, your font is bigger and a different color! I like it!! A lot!

Macey said...

And. Crap. I forgot to add the part about your giveaway to today's post because I scheduled it. Sorry! Tomorrow! :) I tweeted for you again! :)

Amy said...

Look at you! Organizing my room is something that I have been meaning to do for a while now. Good for you for buckling down and getting it done!

FrouFrouBritches said...

What a boring world we would live in if EVERYONE was organized and orderly. I think those who are slightly less organzied are slightly more creative. I am one of those more creative/less organized types.

Having said that, good for you for your clean up/organization of the dungeon! I'm totally jealous. My sewing room is my dining room table. You did a great job! Can't wait to see Cowgirl's room all done!

insomnia said...

I organize every 3-6 months and usually take everything in the van to the good will. Or the curb. Just depends. I used to be a holy pack rat. Not anymore. As I come across things that are outward bound, I throw them on a pile on our front porch (it's closed in) and then load up the van one day. I hate crap laying around the house.

Randomlicious Memoirs said...

I will have to check out your giveaway.
I think you are amazing. I desperately need to organize my craft space, it's horrific. I'm really scared of the challenge though and I really have no where to put it all. But you did great and it looks amazing!

Barbara Jean said...

oh i so need to do this myself. everything is such a mess though I do not even know where to begin.

good for you girl Go go go!!!

barbara jean

Helene said...

Wow, that's impressive!!! Organizing is so good for the soul...it's just the actual doing it that I dread!!

Myya said...

I need to blog about the giveaway for you... if I can manage to find some time.

LOOOVE the organizing. My house next please please PLEASE.

Soooo you are banning me to the deep dark basement? I's skkkerrred!

Lourie said...

Wow! Look at all your hard work!! I neeeed to get busy!