Incidentally, Laura uses her own PROCESS to help you organize your space. I love this, plain and simple. I printed out her questions included in the Plan step of the PROCESS and put them on my clipboard. I answered them all and began to plan what I wanted to do with my space. Those questions were a huge help in figuring out where to begin! Thanks, Laura!
I chose our second bedroom, aka the study/craft room combo. My husband is a pastor and we rent our building from another church, so his office is in our home. I also do my sewing and paper crafting in this room. But this summer we'll need this room for a third function: our daughter is coming home from college to work for the summer. We have a futon in this room that we thought would be the perfect answer to her having a place to sleep when she's home, but turns out it's not very comfortable, especially not for our 6-foot tall daughter (or for either of her 6-foot tall brothers, for that matter). Since she'll be home for 3 months rather than just a couple of weeks, we want her to have a comfy bed and a place to call her own while she's here. So we decided to sell the futon, buy a bed, and convert the study/craft room into a guest room/craft room.
Here are a few before pics. It's cluttered, there's the futon, and although my sewing machine is in there, I have to do my cutting and ironing in other rooms. I usually do my paper crafting at the kitchen table, which means carrying my supplies in there and back into the craft room when I'm finished. I want to be able to do all my crafting in one area.
|Standing in the door to the room. Wes' desk is around the corner to the right. Sorry for the clutter, but that's part of the reason for doing the challenge! You can see my sewing machine in front of the window, with my desk to its right.|
|My desk. This was a mess and it was driving me crazy!|
|Another view of the entire room, this one from the walk-through closet.|
Here's what we've done so far.
|I love to surround myself with pictures of my family! In this grouping I have my handsome husband during the cruise we took for our 25th anniversary; my mother, who passed away in 1981; our children; and two photos of our children with each set of their grandparents at Sam's college graduation.|
|Still have lots to do. See all that clutter to the right? That's just the beginning! That rolling cart is a mess, as is the bookcase beside it.|
I completely cleared off my desk and sewing table and emptied the drawers on that little drawer unit on the cutting table, which I got for free from Craigslist when we lived in Vancouver. I also cleared out that letter holder on my desk that was bulging with papers, notebooks, and cutting rulers. Now there are 3 cutting rulers, one notebook, and a few letters I need to answer. Much better! I hung some family pictures on the wall above my desk.
I still have a lot of work to do in this room, but I'm already enjoying having a dedicated crafting space! Most of the work now will be decluttering drawers, shelves, and the closet. Believe me, there is a LOT more work! I hope to be back next week with some more progress to show you!