Monthly Archives: January 2014

Organizing for the disorganized

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Organizing for the disorganized

I like to be organized, but I am not a natural when it comes to organizing. You would think that a librarian would be the most organized person in the world, but not me! I go through “fits” of organization both at work and at home. They generally happen when I can’t locate something that I need, but the New Year tends to bring on these “fits” as well. I recently cleaned out my craft closet and boy was that insane. The closet is not very large, but it’s all I’ve got for craft storage.

This is the closet when it was almost emptied.

Almost empty closet

After removing everything, my guest room looked like this-

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Needless to say, my husband was not thrilled with the new look (and neither was I), but the only way I know how to organize is to make a huge mess first. Then I had to decide what needed to go and how to organize everything that needed to stay. I did notice that I have a couple of addictions and am in the need of an intervention or two.

Baking supplies, labels and tins from Pick Your Plum.

Baking supplies, labels and tins from Pick Your Plum.

I use wine corks to make crafts...and I like my wine.

I use wine corks to make craftsand I like my wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also under a budget constraint and decided to only use what I already had to organize. This involved a great many plastic shoe boxes, some cardboard boxes, duct tape, and labels.

Sturdy boxes "decorated with duct tape and labeled along with many plastic shoe boxes that are labeled.

Sturdy boxes “decorated” with duct tape and labeled along with many plastic shoe boxes that are labeled.

I used shopping bags on hangers for fabric scraps and a large basked hamper for wrapping paper.

I used shopping bags on hangers for fabric scraps and a large basked hamper for wrapping paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now we have our guest room back, I know what lurks in the closet and where it is, and now I am on to the library workroom at school. I’ll have to be a bit faster there because I can’t exactly leave a huge mess for a couple of days.