Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stop the Insanity! My Craft Room is a Disaster!

I know I said "See you Monday" on my last post, however I am struggling here. My craft room is a disaster and has been a disaster for the past several months. I don't even go in there these days. This type of environment is not conducive to the creative process in any way, shape or form. I'm cutting myself a little slack, what with the holidays and CHA projects all that. But it's time to STOP the insanity and get this place whipped back into shape!

Take a look, friends. It's not pretty...

This is the most disturbing area of my room for me. I have to straddle things on the floor to get to other things, then things fall or get stepped on. It's crazy!



I hate having to lift bins to get to other bins. This little bin is filled with all sorts of latest purchases or item I just haven't taken the time to put away. Ick!



This is the corner I was talking about. I almost wrench my back trying to get that big rotary trimmer out of the mess. Papers, journals, ribbons,.. there's no rhyme or reason to why this is all here.




Opposing corner of the room. My closet. Seems not so terrible at first glance. But again, stuff on the floor that I have to straddle to get to the stuff in the closet. Too much stuff!!!



I even have just random stuff stuck behind the door. See the wet nap? And some piece of ribbon? What IS that?! Oh, it's a name tag from about 7 years ago from an event I did. 



This is the same corner in front of the closet. Alterables are just thrown back there, stuff from CHA is thrown on top, paper is piled up, and the Cricut machine is on the floor in front of my pretty vintage cabinet. Again, I have to move stuff to get to stuff. Nothing makes me crazier!



The closet sort of wraps around to the right with this hard to reach area that I tend to just chuck stuff into. ARGH!!!



No reasoning to this space at all. A big piece of burlap, tickets, Ranger inks, and a layout tucked on its side. HELP!!



My desk is so full I have two small bookstands on the left end just to hold more stuff. Random stuff, of course. Mail scale, calendar, Ranger U tags, boxes and magazines. 


Do you hear me hyperventilating?!



My work table is not that bad, however it needs help. Too many things just sitting there. 



To the right of my work table is my long table. This is the left end where everything is crowded together. A little too crowded. I literally have paper and card stock in ALL areas of my room. All four corners. I'm NOT KIDDING! 



I have to keep a small table to the right of my big table, just to lay more stuff. I really want to say "crap" but I'm trying to keep calm here. Cardstock on the floor, on the table, cords everywhere, piles of random stuff. 


WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?!


THIS MUST STOP!


We are soon going to replace the carpet so I need to get things in gear and fast! I want to start creating again and I just can't in this environment. I somehow feel a blog rant will help motivate me. If you're interested in this type of thing, come back and visit next week as I begin the organization process. My vow is to purge as much as possible, get the flow going a little better in here, and not spending a bunch of money on containers and more stuff.  


Wish me luck!



29 comments:

  1. That is so clean compared to mine...lol! I love your ranting though and can totally relate. My space is stressing me out too!!!

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  2. I will gladly come across the state and clean yours if you will come clean mine. Trust me. You DO NOT want to take me up on my offer!

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  3. Must be something in the air. My room is a disaster too. Stuff piled up everywhere. Ackkkkkkk! I agree this does not help creativity. Rant on if that's what it takes to get things where you want em. Looking forward to seeing your organization process. Breathe!

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  4. If you can keep clutter to one room you are doing great. I use guest bed for extension to table. But, my floors look better than yours. LOL

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  5. Mine looks like that too--I know I've got to get organized!

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  6. You CAN do this Annette! I've seen *much* worse... just tackle it one item at a time and purge, purge, purge! You'll feel SO much better when it's done, and new carpet is a great motivation!!

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  7. Good luck with the decluttering and I look forward to seeing how you tackle it ;0) You will find your creativity underneath it! X

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  8. Oh Annette! I feel you if we don't hear from you we will send in search and rescue. However it looks like a beautiful measure to get list in. You can do this!

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  9. Oh Annette! I feel you if we don't hear from you we will send in search and rescue. However it looks like a beautiful measure to get list in. You can do this!

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  10. vertical paper storage may save you some space......

    but if you saw my craft room you wouldn't take advice from me!

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  11. vertical paper storage may save you some space......

    but if you saw my craft room you wouldn't take advice from me!

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  12. there is nothing wrong with you the bigger the mess the better the creativity. we are doomed to be messy it sparks our creativity.

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  13. awwww..hun, I could easily come over there and help you sort out all your stuff. If I didn't live so far away, tat is. Rant away, we're here for you. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel....you'll get there soon! :)

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  14. Thanks for keeping it real. I managed to clean my desk off the other day to craft with some new paper goodies after using up 98% of my Emporium stash. I have been juggling open stamp sets, and peeling stamps off of blocks and not putting them back on carrier sheets to keep my creativity flowing, but it's a little sad to look at right now. LOL This little duck voice is in my head right now that says "If your aura is centered...." ;) Have a happy day!

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  15. Annette, everything you do inspires me....EVEN THIS !!! I'm glad to see you're human like the rest of us and the "Stuff" gets in the way sometimes ! Happy Organizing...Let me know the secret to "Purging" because my mother forgot to give me that gene !!! Katy

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  16. hahahah....Seriously we ALL have the same problem. Its Holiday spill over and everything else. And yes, I totally agree-its hard to be creative when we have this 'mess' going on. I feel like you reached in my head and typed out all my thoughts about my own craft/studio room.Need to replace rug, organize, sort-get rid of, try real hard not to buy more 'stuff'!
    Its great your just as human as the rest of us....so enjoy your blog....more real and inspiring than Most!
    "How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time!"- Looking forward to nxt post!
    I live near Tampa,Come see my mess-you'll feel better! LOL!

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  17. You know what they say:
    "An empty desk is an empty mind,
    And a full desk is a full mind"

    Well it goes the same for craft rooms! ;)

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  18. I started organizing but it is taking so long and I have an 80th Birthday Party to plan for. I have now put aside the organizing until the party stuff is taken care of. I am anxiously waiting to read your organization posts to give me ideas.
    Good luck.

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  19. I so feel you. Mine is in bad shape and I didn't even have CHA projects to do.. Lol. I know your reorg will turn out amazing!

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  20. I so feel you. Mine is in bad shape and I didn't even have CHA projects to do.. Lol. I know your reorg will turn out amazing!

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  21. Well, I think all these many comments, say it all, - it's the creative mind that does it. I think we can all relate.... I had to do a big clear out before Christmas (long story) and it felt sooooo good afterwards! Loved reading your rant and wishing you loads of good luck, can't wait to see the result of your efforts!

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  22. Yeah I can relate my area is so full of stuff I can barely craft. I have 2 desks and they are both overflowing. I try to clean up after each project but there is never enough places to put stuff. I have a ton of shelving and it too is overflowing. I have 24 drawers of single sheets if paper that I can't even close because they are so overflowing and I don't even want to mention the 12x12 paper pads. I think all crafters are like this there is so much we have to have even if there is no place to out it. My areas are neat but overflowing with stuff. Wish I could just quit buying!

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  23. I can't wait to see how you manage this, because I have the same problem, but mine is all soooooo good I can't part with anything!

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  24. I feel your pain!! Christmas sale purchases piled up, no space to put them away, CHA pre-orders on their way soon - when does it end?! Looking forward to picking up some organisational tips - good luck!
    Alison xx

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  25. We are in the same boat! I'm hoping your rant will get me going. Thanks for sharing all these pics. You make a gal feel better. ;-)

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  26. Your room looks great. I understand what you mean about the lack of creativity in a room that is somewhat in chaos. I'm glad you had a great time at CHA and thanks for posting so many pictures. Maybe all the great product you saw will inspire you to create something awesome.

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  27. Best of luck, Annette. I am so glad to see others have the same problem that I do. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I feel your pain for sure. You would not believe what my room looked like. I just posted on my blog my cleaned up room with nothing on my table and everything in it's place. The only bad thing is It was so clean that I had to create something and within a couple of hours I was working in a 6" area aging. How does that happen! I can't wait to see what you do with yours.

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  29. When my workshop is a mess, I always like to say it's my "creative regurgitation" LOL

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