Monday, October 31, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 2 (round 5): Brainstorming

After three rounds of organizing our stuff, you would think that it was perfect. Ha! If the POW were only so lucky! Unfortunately we have too many warring personalities (and too many kids!) …so organizing is still an ongoing challenge.

Week one asked us to scrap a layout. Here is the one that Creative Me whipped up.

It is another simple layout for Fabulous Spouse’s 2007 Iraq album. (Note to self: Must complete Iraq 2007 before Fabulous Spouse leaves for Afghanistan). We did our inventory, and the POW has narrowed down the list of discrepancies originally submitted by OCD Me.

Here are our top three areas for round 5:

1. Rubber stamp images. We are by no means on the Alzheimer’s in patient list, but Creative Me can no longer keep track of the plethora of images that we have amassed. (We know. No sympathy from the crowd).

2. Homeless Cricut. The Cricut needs a home. We actually use it too much for it to be put away and taken out every time that we need it. It is so bad, that it does not even bother the sleeping 12 yr old cat (ok, that may be a function of being a 12 year old cat) …but where do we put it?!? (the kid's stool is not the answer)

3. Memorobelia. PA Me and the Inner Hoarder are Jedi Masters, and have been long before being a Sith was cool. “This is not the Memorobelia you are looking for” is a mantra that has been spoken so often, we are lucky that the rest of our minds have not been reduced to rice pudding!

As for brainstorming… Zen Master Wookiemouse says to envision our perfect space. We have long stood by our Martha Stewart-esque pewter label and fluted columned space (with the occasional stray chicken laying multi- colored eggs and celebrities popping by). Last round we even asked for a Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons. Personally, the POW has decided that being the designated drop point for EVERYTHING is not helpful. Especially when the Inner Harder and PA Me are two of your most dominant personalities. It just screams sign me up for Hoarders- buried alive! …today!!!

Wish us luck! Also, Happy Halloween! (pics of the kids to come after trick or treating, but here is a sneak peak of Illusive Middle Child’s costume under assembly at the scrap room table…)


Ursula Schneider said...

My experience was that if I have no space for it I must get rid of enough stuff to make space for what I really will use. It is helpful to have a ruthless cohort for this process to prod me along.

Julia Dunnit said...

I do wish you luck. I can't help with any of it of course, fighting my own corner is hard enough! I made room for my Cricut..and still never used it, so am utterly without ideas!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great layout--love all the photos!

Margie H said...

WOW great page.
Not sure if I have any organizing tips as I am a mess over here in Chicago! LOL!! Good luck!

Pamela said...

Love your layout! Good luck organizing! :)

Mary Jo said...

Cool layout!
I bet that is going to be an amazing album!!
Good luck with the organization challenge :)

Becky said...

Ha, love that you said you want to finish the album before he heads off to Afghanistan :) I ran across someone else doing the challenge this time around and it made me stop and take note of my space. It needs a bit of an overhaul :) Happy Halloween! Can't wait for pics of the three kiddos!