Decluttering Part 2. Craft Room In Disorderly Order.

The art studio has been buzzing with activity finally over the past THREE weeks !! Although the idea was to complete the organizing bit by making the labels for all the boxes, my impatience  got the better of me. I’ve done almost 12 beautiful pieces of art, not to mention the try outs which have found refuge in the dust bin ! Ofcourse the table has gone mad again with piles of bits of paper cuttings and tools scattered everywhere. How I get work done in the mess .. well . .. . . . . . IT IS an art !!  

scissors

scissors

These are the scissors that I frequently use. There are two more racks with scissors, which I rarely ever use. Thing with scissors is :

  • Place them in a way that displays their design side so that you dont pull out a dozen scissors before finding the one you intended to.
  • Place them in an easily accessible area close to the work station.

 

The second work station.

The second work station.

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At any given time, before I call it a day, here are a few pointers to what I do, inorder to stay focused because like most of you’ll, I too, cannot function when the cuttings get out of control.

  1. Put back all dies in the folders.
  2. Wash all soiled rubberstamps and keep them for drying on a dry napkin
  3. Gather all the paper cuttings in one area. so that although its still on the table its not E V E R Y W H E R E .
  4. Clear up the guillotine tray.
  5. Throw in the double sided glue strips in an airtight container lest they dry off and loose its strength. 
  6. Last but not least, place all the new productions in a drawer or container so that they the glue adheres in a dry area.
  7. One thing I have realized is that I take out too many embellishments to ” try out”, when I decide It does not fit in, I just leave it there somewhere. I have lost one too many embellishments this way, so now I gather all such embellishments and keep them in a tiny box, end of my creative spree,  I quickly push back everything in their respective containers.

This all must seem like alot but really it just takes a little over 15 minutes !! 

More scissors !

More scissors !

Ribbons : although I have 5 wire baskets full of ribbons, I am yet to organize them. Hey, its alot of hard work !

I find placing ribbons in an open container like the wire crates very convenient, since I am a compulsive ribbon feeder, its nice to have “out in the open” rather than otherwise. I have tried several other options, but this suits me best.

Ribbon baskets

Ribbon baskets

 

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This organizer makes locating tiny beads or brads so easy. It is efficient and handy.   large enough to carry a big variety and small enough so as to be placed on a table top or shelf.

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From Craft room to bedroom, the journey continues.. ..

The change in the sleep pattern seems to be going good. Last two days I started my day at 5:30 and 4:00 consecutively. but that also meant that I JUST crashed out at 11:00 and 8:30 pm  on both days !!!!!       It felt abnormal, but somehow I am in that huge hurry to join in the rest of them. Sam is a happy boy. The kids are perplexed !

Sam did an incredible job of the stairway and lounge room painting job. I was simply  blown away on Sunday morning. He can amaze me with an occasion treat, but this one overwhelmed me.

Suddenly I can sense the pace picking up, We are nearly 85% done on the Craft Studio. But today’s the bedroom clean-up day .. ho boy .. its goinna be choatic, lotza coffee and lotza breaks.  There are dozens of chores on my task list and I have no idea how I am goinna get thru this one. but i will. Besides Sam is absolutely frustrated with the look of the bedroom. We cant even make it to the bathroom in the dark without bumping into some cartons !

I must confess I am a hoarder and this room has been bearing the brunt of my desires !  Over 3 months, the cartons kept stacking up and I couldnt get them in place, either becoz of the exam season or we had scores of visitors or plainly also coz when all was fine, I went lazy ! Incase your wondering why cartons ? Well coz I cant stand things scattered in plastic carry bags, I prefer to pile them up in cartons and keep them in a corner, since we have run out of corners, they now occupy large spaces in the center of the room. I am miserable, should i visit a shrink ???

I will update on the progress.

Slow and steady ..

Naush's family

Naush's family

Phew, what a good feeling it is now that I have managed to make “some” walking space in the Craft Studio ( CS ). So I started with assisning drawers for all the packaging materials like : carry bags, cellophane sleeves, envelopes, lace and fabric decorated bags. Have placed all the party decoration and christmas decoration in the large IKEA cartons and placed them behind the plastic drawers. I am a major Ikea fan so almost all my home is decorated with Ikea stuff.  Placed all the large rubberstamps in the new white draws. Wow its been alot and yet the room looks like a crash site !  Later perhaps tomorrow. 

The temperature has been soaring to 51 degrees Celcius. There have been more 50 heat stroke cases. I really pity the poor labours who are so involved in making such lovely homes and roads for us in this furnance like weather. The water cooler we placed out of the house, now empties every single day. Sam has been refilling it virtually everyday. But there’s a whole lot of blessing we gather when scores of people come and get cold water in such monstrous temperatures.  

I am in a delimma, whether I should take the kids to Abu Dhabi Fun City or stay home and continue my CS adventure ??  Poor boys, they have been happily taking the back seat over the past 3 weeks, with their new gift, playstation 2 and the new computer with the graphic card and games that they cant have enough off ! Sam is goinna fret and fume when we get this months electric bill !!

This is a picture of my birthday this year at my sister’s house.

Left to right : Bilal, Eman, Sawaab .. Naughty, naughtier, naughtiest .. exactly in the same order !!