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!

6 comments:

  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.
    -Crystal

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

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

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  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

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  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!

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

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