Here's my 'before' pic that I took just before Christmas
Out. of. control!!
And here's what it looks like now
Project duration: about 6 hours on and off, which includes the 3 hours I spent one evening sorting out all of my fabric
This was my plan of attack
1. I got my hubby to drill two holes in the first shelf so I could move the printer up onto it. This has by far made the most difference in here as I've got so much more desk space now and can sew without banging into the printer all the time! He also drilled a hole in the desk for all the cords to go underneath instead of on the desk.
Our phone chargers peeking out of the hole instead of all over the desk
2. I sorted out all my fabric- I had fabric and old clothes I thought I'd use for fabric in the hot water cupboard, along the top of one couch, in the spare room bedside cabinets and drawers as well as more fabric in drawers and containers in my craft space. I dumped all of it in the lounge and gave myself the job of only putting it into one large plastic bin that sits under my desk, 2 drawers and a couple of smaller containers in my craft space. This took a whole evening to do but it was such a good feeling having it all organised and seeing the 5 bags ready for the charity shop!
3. I gathered up my craft books and put them on a shelf with my crafty magazines.
4. I re-sorted, contained and labelled craft supplies like a mad woman.
5. I did another huge job of going through my stack of magazines, ripping out the pages I'd marked, and putting them into some clearfiles I already had on the go. It was very satisfying seeing the huge pile of mags out with the recycling too! I had another pile of ripped out pages that had been sitting on a file tray on my desk for about 6 months so I filed them too- it was great seeing all the pages I'd marked and getting all sorts of ideas and inspiration for the year.make your own noticeboard- they are great for adding a bit of colour with a favourite fabric (not that you can see mine!) and are perfect for organising pictures, reminders and notes.
I made these button tacks by gluing buttons to flat thumbtacks
7. I found this little whiteboard in my spare room gift drawer that had been there for about 2 years so I put it on the wall to keep a track of the crafty projects I want/need to do.
There's my printer cord coming through the hole on the shelf- my hubby even put a little hook to keep it out of the way when not in use :)
And lastly I stuck this lovely page that I got out of the latest "Good" magazine on the wall
Phew, all done! It was great to do a really thorough job of it knowing that I was sharing it on here- it makes me feel much more accountable and want to do a really good job with it!
And now for some prizes...Stella, congratulations!
Meg with her before and after linen cupboard pics.
This week you can use the linky to show us an organising project you've been up to this week, whether it's your craft space, another project you've tackled or even a bit of deluttering (go on we love seeing organising pics!) or just leave a comment -one of you will win this weeks prize which is...
...one of my favourite organising tools, a little compartment organiser, with a few crafty essentials for your craft space.
Next week's project...The Kids ToysHere's some tips to get you started...
-Sort them into piles/bags of 'keep', 'toss' 'sell' or 'giveaway'
-or use 'The rule of 10' when de-cluttering- for example, decide to keep only 10 baby toys and give away the rest, or vice versa, start with choosing 10 to giveaway- you'll be surprised once you get started how you or the kids will probably get on a roll and choose more than the 10!
Thanks for reading, see you next week and happy organising!