Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stay @ Home Update #12

Each Sunday (at 5:00 AM) I'm sharing how the week's 10-minute stay@home organizational challenge went. If you don't have an idea what that means and you're curious, you can learn more in my original Stay @ Home Update blog post
 - found HERE.

Now here's the disclaimer: Some of these daily stay@home challenges are taking more than 10 minutes, but who's counting, right? 

Here's what I've accomplished this week...

Day 1 - SUN, June 21
I sorted through these two bins of cards I made, organizing them to donate to Cards for Kindness. My donation box is getting quite full now. I might need to look for an additional place to donate some of my excess cards.

Day 2 - MON, June 22
I have a few of these bins (some are baskets) of cards. They are a mismatch of cards people have sent me, cards I've received when I participated in swaps, and even some cards I've made. They are the result of times when I've been too lazy to put items away and instead have just stashed them in a bin. Shame on me, I know. Today I sorted through this one, reading sweet notes from friends and storing those cards in a way where I can admire them more readily. The ones I received as swap cards as well as the ones I'd made myself I added to my donation box.

Day 3 - TUES, June 23
I hadn't opened this hanging file box in a very long time. It was filled with scraps of papers and other "leftovers" from previous card-making adventures. Truthfully, I didn't find a single thing in it that I felt was worthy of keeping. It had totally been wasting space on my shelf.

it. is. now. gone. 

Day 4 - WED, June 24
WOW! I haven't participated in card swaps for a few years now, but this bin had some cards I'd received when I hosted swaps in it. It also had an assortment of handmade cards I've received over the years - from friends. Many included sweet handwritten notes. Of course I read each one, even shed a tear or two. I sorted the cards and organized them so I can revisit them again more easily. And the swap cards were added to my donation box.

Day 5 - THUR, June 25
It seems I've been going through bins of cards all week. I have. But I'm determined to get them finished - organized so i can enjoy looking at them. I started with this bin today but just couldn't stop. I ended up going through the remaining 5 bins - yes, 5! Yikes! I apparently have a bad habit of stashing cards in a bin until the bin is full and then starting on another bin. Hopefully moving forward I'll not do that, but rather will put them in the appropriate storage system.

Day 6 - FRI, June 26
This may be my best organization task that I've done since I started these Stay At Home Ten-Minute Challenges (way back on April 5th). This is an old VCR Tape Rack. I purchased it at a yard sale many years ago - to store my Stampin' UP! Whale Punches on. It set on top of a 3' Shelf in the corner of my Play Room.  

Not long ago I purchased a drawer until - a beautiful tin piece - that I wanted to place on top of that shelf instead so I moved my whale punches to three drawers in my drawer unit, thus emptying this rack.

I planned to donate it but then I got to thinking.

I had these three bins of rolled ribbon - lovely ribbons that seldom got used because it was not easy to see what I had. I literally had to open the bins to see what was inside.

Could my VCR Tape Rack be a solution???

Sure enough!

The rack now sits on top of a 3' shelf inside the walk-in storage closet in my Play Room... and because it's in the window-less closet, there is no need to worry about any fading of the ribbon.

I'm loving it! And this piece only cost me 50 cents many many years ago.

Day 7 - SAT, June 27
I needed some way to store my Chameleon colored pencils. Because they are double-ended, it didn't feel right to stand them up in a cup, like I store some of my other colored pencils. I first had them in one of those little plastic pencil boxes like the children used at school when my children were youngsters. That didn't suit me, though, since the lid seemed to get in the way when I wanted to use them. 

My solution - I purchased a 5-drawer makeup organizer (inexpensive on Amazon) and I'm loving it! I labeled the pencil type at the back of the drawer so I can quickly see which pencils they are. I first put the label in the front of the drawer but then decided I'd rather see pencils instead. The drawers are removable so I can carry an individual drawer to my stamping desk.

As you can see in the picture, I have a clear ribbon storage piece sitting on top of the drawers - it fits perfectly.

Okay, that's it for this week. Stay tuned to see what I accomplish in the coming week.


kiwimeskreations said...

WOW - what a lot of cards Jeanette! Well done on your achievements this past week!
Stay safe

Lynn McAuley said...

How great to have so much of your ribbons ready to grab!! That's awesome!!