Welcome to week three of the craft room challenge. How is the clean up going for you? I feel so good about my progress so far. Last week our focus was sorting and purging, and this was a rough one for me.
Purging vs Selling
Purging is very hard for me. What if I need it right after I let it go…what if I could sell it and recoup some of the what it cost…etc. I wish I had some magic solution to offer you, but it really was just buckling down and trying to forget that. There are a few suggestions I have about the topic though. Nothing I purged can’t be bought again at low cost and I only kept things to sell that I thought would really be useful to others.
To determine if something was worth selling I turned to eBay. The easiest way to determine is to search what else is for sale with that name. If there were other items of that nature for sale, and with bids, it might be worth your time to sell. If not, the prices were low, or there were no bids purging may be the better route.
For example, I had two beads containers that I was ready to let go of. In eBay I searched the brand name of the container and found many listing with bids. Sounds like ok..time to sell…wrong. Each item was only selling for between .75-1.00. For me the time and hassle of listing, pictures, mailing, etc wasn’t worth .50. Those items went in the purge pile.
Here is my purge box which is a large diaper box that is about 3/4 full. It contains storage items, full glue bottles, full paints, punches, usable paper scraps, etc. It will go on Facebook for free.
Once the purging was done the sorting was so much easier since there was less to go through. I placed all like things together or things that would be used together. All stamping items are in one location. All 6×6 paper pads go together in another location. I have WAY to much paper, and actually cancelled one of my kit club this week as a result of this sort. Even though I’m on a no buy, besides the kits, I am not making as big of a dent as I’d like. Maybe this time next year I’ll be able to sign up again!
Week Three Mission
The mission this week is organization. Find some systems that work for your sorted supplies and get them put away. Now, you don’t want them away where it will be a pain to use them, but each item needs a place so you can actually find it when needed, and put it away after use. I have some great paper and embellishment ideas that I can’t wait to share with you next week.
Before you see the rest of the crafty spaces, please meet our lovely hosts:
Michelle from Our Crafty Mom
Now, let’s take a look at how their craft rooms are changing this month!
Good morning everyone! First off let me say thank you all so much for your kind comments on my blog hop projects. Reading everyones thoughts really makes my day, and is what keeps me going on this adventure.
Now on to what you’ve all been waiting for…the blog hop winner! Susan Bentz, you have won a hand crafted mini album made by yours truly, and it’s a cute one.
I have contacted Susan by email, and I hope she loves her prize. Again, thanks you all for your wonderful comments and following along with me on my scrapbooking journey.
Welcome to week two of the craft room challenge! If this is your first week with us it’s not to late to join in, and have a more organized space by the end of the month.
Last week we decided to tackle our work surfaces since you can’t create anything new if you can’t see your desk right!? Let me remind you of what my work area looked like before.
There was literally a space just large enough for a single sheet of paper to work on, and it wasn’t exactly conducive to creating a project. As a result, I found myself avoiding creating, and, for me, week number one was the most needed out of any week we have.
First, I started with taking everything off the desk and giving it a good clean down. I used the tools of my vacuum, and got all the dust and bits of paper off to start. Then I used just some baby wipes on the surface since it’s chalk board paint. The little spinning caddy even got a good vacuuming.
With a pristine surface I decided to only put back what I really wanted on the desk. While I would love to have just the work mat on the desk that isn’t really practical. Instead I went with just the work mat, the spinning caddy, with reduced items, and my iPad holder. The iPad holder is a must as I often use sketches to begin my creations.
What did I do with the rest of the things – well….that leads to week two because our mission this week is to purge and sort. Get ready with those empty boxes or bags and be sure to make one for sell, donate/recycle/give away and don’t forget to have a trash bag. This week will make a huge difference in how your rooms looks since deciding what can go will make it easier to give everything staying a place. Having a place will allows you to return it easily when you’re finished using it. I will be focusing on my stamps and well as all the furniture I have on my walls. The goal is to get things off the walls and have less of a walls closing in on you feeling.
Before you go the rest of the crafty spaces, please meet our lovely hosts:
Stephanie from Crafty Ladybug Creations
Now, let’s take a look at their craft rooms and spaces and how they did this week!