Sunday, October 18, 2009

3D Office/Craft area Cleanup

Hey guys!!

First I want to say "Thanks" to ya'll for leaving comments on the circus post. I LOVE reading comments, so keep it coming!!

OK - on to this week's Charming Home Challenge given by Stephanie over at Somewhat Simple.

Update: Last week I posted on making my kitchen more charming. There has been a little bit of clutter added to my clean counter and island, but for the most part it still looks nice. That's the hard part - to not only clean up the clutter, but keep it clean. So that's my new goal - keep it clean.

This week Stephanie told us she would go easy on us and assigned a 3D cleanup (declutter, deep clean and decorate) to our craft area and office.

Stephanie obviously hasn't seen my house.

(Disclaimer: Readers who know me and think that I am organized are going to be utterly shocked at these pictures. Just remember this - trying to keep a house clean with children living in it is like trying to shovel snow in a blizzard. That's my excuse anyway.)

My scrapbook/craft table. It has the potential to be organized. See those lovely wooden boxes with shelves? My husband built those for me a couple of years ago. So, I'm supposed to keep it organized. It just doesn't really stay that way.

Pages in progress.

Close up of my hubby-built boxes.

OK - this is my desk/office area. All of those papers are in a "to be filed" pile. Plus there is added papers put there by my 6-yr old who LOVES to write on papers...and put them everywhere. So, as you can see, it needs work.

What did I do to clean it up? I sorted and filed all the papers (decluttering). I dusted the desk **shock**. (If you don't know this about me, I DESPISE!!! dusting.) Not only did I just dust. I dusted where I actually moved stuff and dusted under it. I good dusted!! (deep cleaning) Lastly, we were supposed to decorate. For this area, I just moved stuff around. The vase had been behind the monitors, so I moved it to the front so we could actually see the pretty flowers. I also moved some family pictures out front to be better seen.

Without further ado, here is the after:

Cleaning up the craft area: I sorted by project and tried to find space to store all those "in process" ones (declutter). I dusted it too **shock again** (deep clean). I didn't really do anything to decorate this. I thought a clean looking table was decoration enough :).

Here's how it looks now:

So there is my big cleanup for the week. Want to join me? This week's challenge is your bedroom. All you have to do is make a post and link up to Somewhat Simple. You can always use this button to get there.

challenge button

I'm giving you a heads up that this week's challenge will be hard for me. I'm planning to paint my bedroom this week (don't worry, I'll do a post on it) so it will probably NOT get cleaned this week. But I may just clean one of the kids' rooms instead.

Have a great day!


  1. Both areas look great. I love your shelves your husband made. I have the same paper pile problem I swear it multipies over night.

  2. Whoa! Good job!
    Your before pictures are exactly what my craft area looks like....

  3. Wow! Great job! Good luck with the bedroom challenge!

  4. WOW! That is quite the clean-up. I love to be organized, but I have to agree with you, these little ones ake it near impossible.
    Hello from SITS

  5. what an amazing transformation! A cluttered desk/office is the sign of a brilliant mind (at least that is how I justify my cluttered desk)!

    Stopping by from SITS!

  6. Ooooooh - I love the "Brilliant Mind" idea. I'll have to use that next time!


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