Happy Monday everyone! I’m determined to stay on task with the #CraftRoomOverhaul Go-Go Kim and I have started. The first step this week was to take your “before” pictures and link them up to the bottom of the initial post. Now we need to keep moving forward so we don’t get distracted.
Start with an end in mind! It will help you get through the times when it looks worse on the road to getting better.
Here are a few goals that I’ve made so far.
- Go through everything! That means – no putting a box full of stuff back in the same spot or in a new spot without going through it first. This is an OVERHAUL! I’m going to overhaul it 100%.
- Make every storage space useful and reachable. I have at least two areas right now that I can’t get too without moving a bunch of things or having to do ninja moves to step close enough to them. I can’t have any of that anymore. What’s the point of storing things if I can’t get at them?
- Make one area for things I sell. I’ve started to sell things but I have it scattered all in different places throughout my craft area. I need one specific home/area for those things so I can easily find them when they sell.
- You will notices that goals 4 through 6 have nothing listed behind them. I want to leave an opening so as I’m doing the overhaul, if I discover new goals I can add them. I also did this because I’m horrible at setting goals! I feel paralyzed trying to decide what my path should be … I’m much more of a go by the seat of my pants kind of gal. I’d love to hear what your goals are for your craft rooms and I might snag a few for myself!
Break Room into Sections that Need Cleaning
– if you have a smaller sewing area or many crafts (that all live in various areas, this applies to you too!)
To do this, I just grabbed a blank piece of paper and some pens. In purple, I drew what the current set up is. Then with a different color pen I split the room into different areas. I tried to think about the order I wanted to sort areas in. For example, Area 1 is my jewelry area. I knew I was going to be able to really destash this area since I’m not that into making jewelry anymore which means I would have room left for other things to move there. I’m hoping a bunch of the random supplies from my cupboards over my ironing station will fit in Area 1 so I chose that as Area 2 and and Area 3 and so forth. With all that said – if I get an itching to just start sorting Area 10 completely out of order – I’m going to do that. This sketch is just helping me make a plan of attack. It’s breaking it down so it’s not quite so overwhelming.
Don’t be afraid to make a mess to get it clean. This will get very overwhelming but the process will help to figure out what you have ( will be like your birthday), if it is something that still interests you, and if it is worth keeping.
The picture above is my “Area 1” all moved upstairs into our living room for the day. We actually didn’t have any basketball or softball games this weekend so I took advantage of my helpers! We went through ALL of it! There were things that were just not good anymore or should have been thrown away years ago – TOSS! There were some really great supplies that just needed to be sorted into the totes and put back. And then there were other things that I just didn’t want anymore. For the supplies I no longer wanted I’ll either be selling them at my orchard this fall or I’ll be donating them to a new spot I discovered this past weekend in Columbus, WI called The Workshop.
With all my helpers and my husband to keep us all focused and on task – we finished area 1 on Saturday! I’m so thrilled by all the extra space I have now! I realize that I have a bunch of stuff that needs homes (that’s why it’s scattered about on the floors in piles) but it feels SO GOOD to know that I have some room to store those things now.
And while I know that Kim and I are both amazing and full of amazing ideas there also happens to be a lot of great ideas and advice out there already! (I know *GASP!) One person commented on my instagram post about Just Get it Done Quilts and the “Declutter Challenge” she ran in February this year. I have only watched the first video but it has some INCREDIBLE tips that I know I’m going to use throughout my process. Feel free to check her out HERE. You just never know which method will inspire you the most to get it done! If there is someone else that you love advice from in the organizational arena please leave a comment below so I can check them out!
Please remember – if you start to panic or get overwhelmed. Take a break. Step away from it for a bit. It doesn’t have to be done immediately. Do what is best for YOU!