Thursday, January 26, 2012

Getting Organized

OK, I confess...I'm messy. I am unorganized, cluttered, and my husband calls me the Queen of Piles. I have tried everything to change my ways and become the ultimate in organization but nothing has ever stuck and I've decided to give up trying to be perfect.

With that being said, I decided that I needed to spend some time getting my studio space that is in my bedroom organized. My supplies are spread out all over the house. I have an office on the first floor and stuff was piled there and then I had some upstairs and I found myself running up and down the stairs to find what I needed wasting a bunch of time. Not to mention the fact that it made it nearly impossible to work in any short time spans which is sometimes all I have.

I am far from done because it looks like a tornado went through my room but I wanted to share what I have done so far.

I picked up this old CD bookshelf from my local Goodwill the other day and it is working out really well. I have it up against the Armoir that houses our TV. I checked out the Organization Week posts over at Balzer Designs every day excited to see what new and great idea would come out.

I loved the way she encouraged us to take some time with space planning and to think about how we would use the space. While I didn't really need that too much because my space is small and I don't have tons of stuff, it did help me think differently about my space.

My favorite take away from the series was these foam core boxes (You can find the tutorial here). I thought it was such a great idea. They are inexpensive and you can make them whatever size you need. I went out and got a couple of sheets of foam core and some white duct tape and got to work.

Let me tell you, they took some time. I don't know why I thought I would just whip them out because I spent hours doing it. I am not at all complaining because I listened to music and talked on the phone so the time flew.

In the end I was thrilled with them. I decided to put some labels on them using some paint chips I got at the local hardware store when they went out of business. I love color and this was a fun way to add some to my plain shelving unit.

I managed to make quite a few boxes out of two sheeets of foam core (all the ones you see on the shelf) but I still need some more so I am planning on getting on the phone and chatting it up while I make some more.

I am thrilled with the set up so far and I am not going to pressure myself to get it all done at once. I plan on doing a little at a time so I don't burn myself out (I have a zillion magazines that I need to figure out what to do with on the cheap!).


  1. I hear you, I'm kind of a messy girl myself. I'm lucky to have an extra bedroom as my studio, but it is a MESS. Now that I'm working more, whatever time I have to clean it is usually spent doing something else. It's on the to-do list though, and thanks for the ideas!

  2. I love that you have your painting space in your bedroom. That way it is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. This looks great-thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  3. Love it! I got the messy gene too but I LOVE looks really nice :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I love the boxes you made! Great ideas on organizing! It looks great!