Sunday, September 9, 2012

Organize your Stuff (round 6): Week 1: Make Something/ Space Audit


Welcome! Today starts the 6th round of the ever popular Organize your Stuff Challenge at the Two Peas in a Bucket website. The original challenge was hostessed by the ever venerable Zen Master Wookiemouse in May of 2009 (We’re not worthy!). She was followed by the Always Awesome Crisann for rounds 2-5. Now it is time for us to step up to the plate, open up our own crafty dojo and see if we pass on some of their organization mojo!

For those who are new to our blog, when we first started organizing, we found out that it was/is a LOT harder than we had planned. That was when I realized that when it came to scrapbooking…and the mess… it was not really I, but we. The different parts of myself were at war over everything, and so rather than dealing with the growing mess, we just agreed to disagree and the mess grew.

The personalities that we seemed to recognize within ourselves are on the sidebar and are as follows: The POW (Plays with Others Well)… chief negotiator and moderator (the sane part) and ironically hostage to the rest, OCD Me…the reason we are organizing, PA Me (Procrastinator Anonymous)… the reason we have not gotten to organizing yet *squirrel*, the Inner Hoarder…the reason that everyone drops out when we hit memorabilia week and have that paper from 1987, and Creative Me…whose fault this whole crafting thing is in the first place. Theoretically, there is a Budget Me, but we think that she got walled up some years ago a la Tell Tale Heart and we get a niggling thump from time to time that $$ is something that should matter but then we remember why we ditched her in the first place!

Enough about us…

This week we are channeling our Creative Me and OCD Me. We know, we know. These two do not often work together well. Just think of it at a ying and yang zen kind of thing. We want you to Create this week! If you are a scrapbooker, create a layout…card makers, make a card… art journal-ers, journal. Whatever it is that you love to do right now…do it. If it turns out that you cannot finish, that is ok. In the immortal words of Nike: Just Do It!

While you are creating, have your OCD Me take notes. Really? Yes. We want to find out what works and what does not. …and the three foot pile of un-put away prior projects is a legitimate entry in the does not work category. The thing is, 89.7% might be perfect…tool caddy, lighting, brad storage…etc. List those. We will be looking to you for suggestions on those weeks, and you can slack off and *gasp* work on that memorabilia (that is not the memorabilia you are looking for, move along…)… or not! LOL!

We are looking for your week spots. If you ignore everything else, you want to tune in to the Does Not Work weeks… and remember- Some of these will not get fixed. That was a really hard thing for OCD Me to handle. When the universe goes tilt…or you get suckered into that Walking Dead Marathon before the start of Season 3 (you know who you are)…or PA Me and the Inner Hoarder Jedi mind trick you into avoiding it because they are just not ready to deal (memorabilia). Just let it go…we are pretty sure that there will be a round 7.  :)

Oh, and one last thing. If you do not have a blog, they are super easy to create, and an easy way to post progress. NOT required, but The POW found that it kept us on track when we posted something every week…even if it was just a picture. It kept that pesky duo of PA Me and the Inner Hoarder from derailing us too much! The POW is going to try and figure out the linked in thing, so you can share every week. So, if it is not here on Monday, check back. Note: there is no Technology Me. Good Luck!

Review:
Create something! Feed your inner Creative Me.

Document at least your top 3 Works for Me/ Does Not Work areas (or more). Empower your OCD Me.

Extra Credit-Share what you have created/ are creating (if I can figure out the Mr. Linky thing). Wednesday is a good day to do that as there is a large WOYWW (What’s on your workdesk Wednesday) group that will visit your site and give you the encouragement you may need…

Here is ours:

Likes: Paper storage, inks/copics,stamps, tools
Doesn't work: Kits (we have no Idea what is in them), memorabelia piling up (cannot find my fine point scissors), work space too far from embellishments  

Link in to share what your Creative Me did!  

13 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great 2 pager

Julia said...

I'm so proud of all of "You"!!! I will be tagging along on this journy again, though I probably won't make every week!

Amy Coose said...

Love your two page layout!

April Michelle said...

Great 2 page spread!

Tammy said...

I always love to follow along and get ideas. My space has downsized so much and everything is working pretty well for me at the moment but I'm always on the lookout for better ways to store and keep stuff. I'll be following from the sidelines. Great 2 pager! :)

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Great multi-photo and two page layout!
I can so relate to the PA personality.
I am the worst procrastinator!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

I've always found that even when you are organized, there's always more organization to be done. LOL! Love your sweet layout. DD started scouts at the Brownie level so we didn't have a Daisy bridging but we had one to Girl Scouts and Cadettes. :)

laura said...

I agree with Lisa--no matter how much I organize, there is always more to do. So it is far too easy to spend my time moving stuff all around the room multiple times, and then not scrapping. But you are scrapping-great double layout.

Patricia said...

Loving you layout! Such a fun memory to document!

Barbara said...

OMG, we are kindred spirits! I've never named all the me's. So glad to be along for the ride and will try to keep up. Great layout. Not sure where to start with a blog, so will probably just follow along.

Carolyn said...

" that is not the memorabilia you are looking for, move along…" ROTFL
Too true though, those neatly labeled boxes in the closet are not an organizational problem. uhm ... see you soon.
Very nice double page spread.

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

I really like this layout, and ALSO like the fact you're doing this. Here's to getting better organized and SCRAPPY!

Beth said...

I linked up! I always love to read your blog, Amanda. Makes me laugh every time!