Week Six: Room For The Whole Family (REVEAL!!!)

A week and a half ago, when I posted my challenge for week number five, one of my favorite people in the entire world wide web chimed in with this comment. Another of my favorite people on the whole internet agreed with her. I’m pretty sure that I actually felt each of them cringing on my behalf, one of them half way across town from me, the other all the way across the country. I could almost hear them asking themselves WHY is she doing this to herself? That’s too much in too little time. What is she thinking?! And I can’t blame them for thinking that, but it was too late to change my challenge for the week, so I just did what I could do and that was that.

When the next Thursday rolled around, with the comments from the previous week still fresh on my mind, what did I do? You guessed it! I did exactly what I always do… I posted a big challenge! Admittedly, this week’s challenge wasn’t as big as some that have come before, but it wasn’t exactly a piece of cake, either. There is one thing about this week’s de-clutter zone that stands out from one or two that I’ve posted in the past: I DID IT!

That’s right! Under the strict supervision of Peanut and Oogie-boogie, I completed the 4-Day DeClutter Challenge for week number six! And I didn’t even get any assistance with it.

Wanna see it?  No problem!

Week six reveal photo

Where did that case of sodas come from?

I know just one photo isn’t very impressive, but it’s a little room. I think the single shot just about says it all. I would like to add that what it doesn’t say is that my sweetheart managed to scoot in to restock the little beverage refrigerator that sits just across the doorway from Oogie. I don’t know how I managed to not see that when I snapped the photo. As for the spray bottles… I had almost taken this shot to post as a progress pic, but with the words of my blog-buddies on my mind and new jewelry designs on my workstation, I decided to just finish up by putting away the cleaning supplies and officially declaring this week’s challenge a decluttering success!

Hooray!

Special thanks to my blog-buddies for their realistic support week in and week out. Special thanks to another of my favorite people in cyber-space for reminding me to never back down. Without a support system like mine I wouldn’t be out here posting this silly (and apparently solo) meme week after week. Thank you, buddies!

What about you? Yes, you! What are you decluttering in your world? I would love to show it off for you! Find out how the 4-Day DeClutter Challenge works and stop in on Thursday to share your own challenge!

Week Two: The Craft Station

Last Wednesday I posted an image of the make-shift work station from which I have been crafting lately. You may recall that the area shown in the photo was a bit untidy. In case you don’t recall or missed the Wednesday post, here’s that photo again:

Week Two - Before

Week Two: The Craft Station… Before.

The funny thing about this photo and this week’s project, if you want to know the truth, may not be as funny to everyone who reads this as it is to me. The fact that the image above is actually more organized I than would be the “after” image I would send if I took a pic right now.

Yes, I said that… the “before” photo is more manageable than the “current/after” photo would be if I posted it now. How lame am I for that?

Only moderately, IMHO.

I have started to organize this area, sifting through the beads, buttons, chains and wire as well as tools and random baubles intending to stay focused on finding a system of order. But before I can even make room to bring in the cosmetic display cabinets My Sweetheart has brought me to use as sorting trays, something shifts and before I know it, all of the supplies I had been trying to  put away neatly are scattered on the table or in my chair, beads which had been put away are dumped out of their zip-lock baggies and all hope is lost…

Why?

Because my creativity has been on an upturn for the past couple of days and when another bracelet, anklet, necklace or some-such plants an image in my head and I’m on a tear to manufacture my vision.

Soooooo… My project is incomplete, at best. However… I have no less than 4 pieces in full swing, two nearly complete and ready for Etsy. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Hell to the yeah, it’s a good thing!

Even though I don’t have a new photo to post today, I am excited to see what my pals over  at Minimalism Journey and  Janey’s Room have done with their projects this week… Ladies?

What about the rest of you? Did you organize, repurpose, upcycle, recycle or declutter this weekend? Even if you didn’t post it here on Wednesday, tell me about your latest project in the comments.

New Series… Help Me Name It, Please.

Quick side note: If you read my posts with any regularity, you know that the irregularity of my posts is an issue for me and you know that the issue would be resolved if I posted more frequently (and more significantly). Well, I’m posting today to let you know that I may have a way to reach that resolution and I’m both excited and a little squeamish over the idea behind it. The squeamish part is just about knowing that once I post my big idea I’ll be responsible for its execution. A week ago I wouldn’t have been as confident (although still queasy) about that responsibility as I am today. But a week ago I didn’t have a blog-buddy (or two) to back me up. Now that I’m buddied up, I’m certain that my uneasy feeling will go away once I actually spill the beans on my idea, so what am I waiting for?

I’m so glad Wednesday has finally come around again! Today is the day I’ve decided to launch a project series as part of the repurposedKATE experience. The series will focus on decluttering and repurposing my personal environment twice a week and just so I can’t be the only one having all the fun, I’m going to make it a meme… That means you get to play along! {Raises hand over head and squeals “wheeeeee” Gieco piggy style…} Not only do you get to play along, but you get to help me name it because I’m kinda blocked on coming up with a catchy moniker for this twice-weekly clutter and purpose meme-thing. But I should tell you how it works first, huh?

    Okay, the meme goes like this:

  • Every Wednesday (like today) I’ll post an image of some physical part of my life that has become cluttered or is not being used for its intended purpose and explain what’s not right about the area and how I would like to rediscover a valid purpose for the subject at hand.
  • That’s all I have to do on Wednesday to participate in the meme.
  • Part three comes in on Monday. I know I skipped part two, but I only did that because the next part that involves the blog is part three. For part three, I’ll post another picture of the same physical part of my life I posted on the previous Wednesday (along with the original image I posted on hump day). The Monday image will (fingers crossed) show how I’ve used at least some part of the four days in between to clear out the clutter and restore honorable purpose to that corner of my world. (

That’s about it for my part of the series, but it isn’t a meme without your part. Here’s what you’ll do to play along (and get in on some friendly link-swapping and shameless self-promotion): On Wednesday, post a pic of some little area of your world that needs a little TLC on your blog and post a link to it in the comments of the meme post on this blog. Then take four days to transform your problem area and do the same on Monday (post on your site & link to your post in the comments on my site) so we call all ooooh and ahhhh over your amazing transformation. Piece of cake and you’ll get a confidence boost to boot!

I’ll go ahead and start the part off right now… Well, I’ll start it in about 10 minutes with a fresh post.

Comments are open to everyone to post ideas for the name (or whatever you want to say about this idea). I’m linking this post to 100things100days, Not Messy, Restitch Me, Home Sweet Here and my Blog Buddies Janey’s Room and (from the BlogSpot universe) Minimalism Journey because each of these blogs has contributed to the inspiration of this series (and hoping for some help naming it).