Along with pulling together my new studio space comes the inevitable purging and cleaning. It's true that this part of the house was primarily used by the boys in the family and their friends but the closets were mine. There are two in this room. I use one for purses, which will be the next one I clean out, and this one. This is the gift wrap closet. The problem with this closet was that it was flanked by my boy's computer desks and it was an obstacle course just to get to it. So I would forget what was in there, fall in love with some new ribbon or wrap, or find a bargain I just couldn't pass up and pile them on what was already in there. I realize I am really putting myself out there and opening myself up to ridicule with this post but for those creative souls out there that like a pretty gift and can appreciate all the wonderful opportunities that a little paper, ribbon and embellishment can provide, I put myself at your mercy.
It took me all day to clear out this closet. Well I did go to the store for a few organizational elements, but for the most part this is all I can claim as an accomplishment today. I threw away, gave away, and stockpiled for next month's garage sale. What I couldn't part with, and yes, there is a lot left, I organized. I actually have so much left that I could go into the gift wrapping business and probably not have to buy anything new for a month. I could wrap a gift for everyone I know and I never ever ever need to buy another gift tag. So here it is - my freshly organized gift wrap.
The closet -
The essentials -
Christmas gift tags -
Gift bags -
Rolls of wrap ( Christmas) -
Now I know that looks like a reasonable amount but I must admit there's more...
These are the "everything else" wraps.
So if you see me in the gift wrap aisles at Target, Hobby Lobby, or Barnes and Noble please stop me. I am in desperate need of an intervention. But hey, doesn't it look all nice and organized?
I am a pushover for words and quotes and a font can make or break the look of a project. As a result these little babies are a weakness when I am at a craft or scrapbooking store. I use them in everything from altered art to cards and scrapbooking. Plus, is it just me or are they getting way cooler? It seems like every time I go there are more distinctive font styles, colors and sizes. I used to store them in an accordion file and then two accordion files. The problem was that they were hard to see and they would get bent or some of the letters would become damaged.
Last year may daughter suggested I buy the book The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker. Now that little $20.00 book ended up costing me about $500.00 and counting in organizational elements, but I am loving every new tweak to my system. One of the things I learned from this book was that for me organizing by color works best. So I revamped everything including my sticker letters. I decided to put them in a color coded binder. Now I am up to maybe five binders but it is a system that really works for me.
Each notebook is tagged with a letter signifying its color family and holds folders that correspond with the fonts they contain. It really makes things easy to find. I have a lot of black fonts so I subdivided that book into block, cursive, and funky fonts.
I know, I'm a geek, but I think maybe I organize the little things in my life because I can't do much about the big picture. Oh well. Small things make me happy. That should be a good thing. Now if I can just refrain a bit in the stores this system should hold me for awhile, but the great thing is it can easily be expanded. All I need is a few more black and white notebooks and some more colored folders!
January, diets, and organizing just go together. The diet thing isn't going so well for me lately, but I have made a few strides forward in the organization department. Our laundry room and the mudroom/coatroom are right off the garage. I like to keep those last minute things like keys, phone, gloves right there so I can grab them as I'm running out the door. There is a closet right as you come in the door where I keep my purses. This is handy for making that quick purse change out. A friend of mine, Eva, opened me up to the world of Pouchee. These great little purse organizers that make it so easy to switch bags.
The closet, though, isn't large enough to hold my collection of sunglasses ( another weakness of mine) or gloves in a way that they are easily visible and accessible. So to remedy this. I bought a shoe caddy and hung it in the coatroom and filled it with winter gloves and sunglasses. I can easily see what I am looking for without digging through a basket.
I love seeing my house all decorated for the holidays but I hate taking it down and putting it away again. Not only does the house look bare and dismal but it takes me a good two days and a lot of effort (thus the water bottle). I used to take everything down right after Christmas. I guess because my mom did. In fact, sometimes I felt like it was a competition to see who could get everything put back first. I stopped doing that about five years ago. I decided the season was just too short and I enjoyed having my things out until at least New Years. This year we went up to Galena on January 1st so I didn't get started on this job until this week. I was anxious not only to have the work behind me but I feel like I have so many things... more interesting and fun things to get to. I didn't want to dig into any new projects, though, until this one was put to bed, or in this case, back on the shelf.
Welcome to our BeColorful Home. Ours is an older home, built in 1916 and it has been added on to several times. We have lived here for almost fifteen years now and the house has evolved from a traditional flavor to something a bit more eclectic.I have always loved big splashes of color but I'm finding that I am also drawn to more neutral shades as well. Welcome and enjoy looking around.