I know that there are TV shows that will come to your house and make you throw away or sell all your stuff, but is there a group program. I guess I would have to want to get better and I’m not sure I’m there yet, I think I just want to get organized.
I sure it is no surprise to anyone who has noticed that the background in all my photos is always cluttered, but I really have a problem. I am going to share some shocking photos with you guys today, because I know I’m not the only one with this dirty little secret. My theory is that being creative requires a little chaos (I’m extra creative, so I need a lot, which translates to: I don’t have time to clean, I’m creating!!! )
Before we bought our new house in May 2009 we lived in a tiny apartment and kept a lot of our stuff in storage. When we moved in here everything that was in storage got put directly into the basement, semi stacked, but mostly randomly.
Um, yeah, so this is what my basement looks like right now, there is more, but I could only get this much in the picture. About 60% of this stuff is mine, most of it craft related. This space is supposed to be for my husband to have his little nerdy man cave, as you can see, he’s getting a lot of use out of it.
This was, (yes was, I’ve been cleaning) the doors to my craft room, it is not that large of a room, but it does have a closet. I have tidied up a lot and moved the furniture around and hauled up some stuff from the basement and now it looks a little better.
Here is my sewing table and a large wall shelf that is holding all my gallon sized storage containers. The middle shelf is not tall enough, but I have a lot of other jars and do dads to put there. I’ve organized my sewing notions and they are all nicely tucked away in the drawers of the sewing cabinet that I got at a yard sale, I still have the old machine that was in it if anyone is interested. (I have a collection of things that need to be put on a yard sale or donated to charity downstairs also).
This is my crafting table, I found out that the three rolling carts (you can only see two here) fit perfectly under the table if I took the wheels off. The real question is what to do with the wheels, so I can find them if I need them again. Most of the drawers are still empty, which means that there is room for me to haul some more stuff out of the basement. On the left in the corner is the shelf that is going to be my ironing center where I’ll be keeping all the equipment I need for pressing and probably current projects. The ironing board will be along that left wall, where I can leave it out all the time.
Here is a shot of the closet, it is packed to capacity with shelves, on the very left, not easily seen are the shelves holding my freshly folded and stacked fabrics, there is still a lot of room for more (and I have more waiting in the basement). The center shelf will hold all of my containers for different crafts, I expect to find the rest of them in the basement also. The right is a sweater organizer that is totally empty, not quite sure what I’ll put in there, maybe yarn. Not pictured is a organizer of small drawers mounted on the wall containing all sorts of small bits and bobs. That mess on the right is a gift bag and wrapping paper organizer that is going to be relocated upstairs.
I am slowly making progress, every box I open needs to be sorted through and organized and then put away, there was no method to the madness when we packed. I’m starting to get really excited to finish, it’s going to be so nice to have everything put away and easily found. I’ll share more as I accomplish it and hopefully I can avoid Hoarders Anonymous and avoid anyone calling a TV show to make me clean up. Please tell me I’m not the only one with a clutter problem.