Monday, January 24, 2011

Diary of a Scrapaholic

I'm on a mission to organize my scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies.  Since I don't have a room I can dedicate to my crafting habit (addiction) just yet, my vast collection of albums, papers, stickers, ribbons and other embellishments have taken over every spare corner, nook and cranny in my house.  Until just recently, it occupied my closet, my kids' closets, the linen closet, the basement, the underside of my bed, the walkway that goes between my bedroom and the baby nursery (future craft room), and even the laundry room.  My husband, bless his heart, must want to open the nearby window and start whipping stuff out of it every time he steps on some of my supplies on his side of the bedroom.  He never says anything, though.  Either he has faith that one day I will get it cleaned up and feels it best not to stir the pot at this time, or he feels it's a lost cause and feels it best not to stir the pot ever.  Whatever the reason, I appreciate his current silence on the subject.


I do promise to give it some semblance of order while I wait patiently for the day when I can claim the nursery as my new craft room (when we finish our basement and move one or both of the boys down there).  And so I've decided to document the transformation in pictures and post them here on my blog.  Stay tuned for some organizational fun!

I started by gathering most of my supplies into one area so I could assess the situation.  This is most of the fun stuff (paper, stickers, embellishments) and I have already begun to purge old items and scraps, so it is already scaled back just a tad from where I started.  I would like to note that each of the totes and cases you see is absolutely full.

I brought in a table in hopes of creating a workspace to work on my cards and albums in all of my abundant spare time.  At least it gives me a place to put all the small items that don't have homes yet.  But wait!  There's more...

This is the walkway to the nursery, mostly lined with stacks of albums, pictures and baby keepsakes and mementos which will eventually be put into albums.  I have another storage tote full of these types of items in the basement.

And one last place...the hall linen closet, with more empty albums, refill pages, boxes of photos, and some other odds 'n ends.  Can anyone pick out the Oakland Jr. High lettermans letter sitting on top of one of the stacks??  (Proudly earned in 9th grade cheerleading.)
 

So come along with me on my journey to organize!  I gracefully accept organizational tips and suggestions, too.  I can't go at this alone.  And I better get movin' on it, cuz look what the mail lady just delivered today.  Yeeeeeee!!