Sort, Sort, Sort! The first thing I would do is sort into category piles (ex. ink pads, stamps, paper, tools, etc..). Then you can put in "it's" place anything that has a place. And anything that doesn't you will be able to see what storage/display containers would work best. I don't think your room is that bad...nothing that a little TLC won't fix. Please post the "after" pictures and good luck.
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Registered: March 10, 2007 Location: Beverly, Ohio Posts: 4974
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 @ 5:32 AM
That's how I used to work! My daughter who is a very organized person, (don't know where she got that!), always puts away everything after she has finished a project. Even when she is starting a new project right away. Then she gets out what she needs for the next project. I have been doing that and it really helps.
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HA! I thought you had taken a picture of my space. Looks normal to me - I always end up with a working area of 10inches square. I do try to put the inkpads and punches away as soon as I use them since they seem to slither under the scraps of paper I have all over the place. Picked up a small tote yesterday and intend to put my everyday stuff in it and then make myself put everything back as I use it. Good luck!!!!
Registered: November 20, 2004 Location: St. Louis, MO Posts: 2086
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 @ 5:40 AM
looks the same to me. I found some quote when I was a kid and showed it to my mom. I wish I could remember it exactly, but it was something about messiness being a key to genius! My space looks like this too. I just try to clean it up when I am starting a new project. And every once in a while I try to do a thorough cleaning. I have tried all sorts of organizational things, but nothing seems to work for me. I am just a messy worker. I am sorry I am not more helpful, but at least you know there are others out there like you.
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Registered: May 18, 2005 Location: Connecticut USA Posts: 35861
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 @ 5:40 AM
oh you are so funny! I think the problem is I stamp and dash to work without alloting time to clean up, One thing I am sure to do though is clean my stamps before I dash, at least that is a [email protected]@@@ It does amaze me that I can create in such a mess!!
Registered: January 26, 2004 Location: Omaha Posts: 1894
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 @ 5:42 AM
OK, I just had to check out this photo. WOW! I sometimes end up working like this, too. After awhile I get too frustrated trying to locate stuff and can't find it, so I have to clean it all up and start over. Storage containers really help. I love the look of baskets myself. But the best thing that works for me is to try and clean up a little more often.
Registered: June 3, 2004 Location: Stampin' Heaven Posts: 17685
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 @ 5:43 AM
Well, I guess there are more of us out there than I thought!!! Here is what worked a bit for me but not totally. I found a spot for everything. I labeled drawers so I knew where everything was by category. Now I'm more apt to put things away after I use them rather than let my table go wild! I learned long ago that I can't stand to work on a table that is covered with stuff. Good luck to you! I'm sure there are others that would give you sounder advice but I guess the biggest thing is does this messy spot work for you?
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