Thursday, July 29, 2010

The ? Room is Winning

I decided to re-organize the computer/school/sewing room.  As one of it's names suggests, our computer (on a desk) and printer/copier(on a small decorative cabinet) are in there.  It also houses three bookcases holding a wide variety of reading books, school books/materials, song books and puzzles. Finally, we have all three sewing machines in there; one on a fold-out (it's always folded out) sewing table, one on top of an old treadle machine, and one on top of a 2 drawer file cabinet.  The center of the room is almost always occupied by the ironing board.  Until a month or two ago it also had the school desk in it (actually a small, rolling TV cart in which all the girls most used school things are kept).  We moved that out when hubby re-arranged things in the dining room.  A good decision since it stays in there most of the time anyway, and with the current dining room set-up we at least have a place to put it there now instead of it sitting out in the way. 
At any rate - back to the ? room.  Everything that needs to be fixed, mended, filed, sorted, copied, created, ironed, or researched ends up in that room.   I'm glad it's actually supposed to be a bedroom.  I don't know where I'd be without the closet in there.  As you can imagine, it doesn't take much for it to get out of order, and along with the laundry, and a host of other things, it went on the back burner during the last 6 months.  The tables have become over-run with things that need to be taken care of, or fixed, the bookcases are cluttered, and the closet became a total disaster.  Most of what was stored in the closet is sewing related; fabric, patterns, fabric, notions, fabric, mending, fabric, quilt batting, fabric, pillow stuffing, etc.  Oh, and did I mention, fabric???   I had no idea I had so much fabric.  I mean, I knew I had it, but it looks so much different once you pull it all out in the middle of the floor.  Hubby went and bought two closet, cabinet organizers and I've filled them both with fabric.  I also have fabric (the ones I still have enough of to keep on the boards) in a laundry hamper in the back corner of the closet, and the top shelf has the plastic shoe boxes of fabric scraps and the large pieces of denim.  And I still have fabric in the floor.  Hubby offered to buy me another cabinet.  Only one fits in the closet anyway, the other is sitting in the spot previously occupied by the school desk, so he suggested we stack another on top.  I'm kind of suprised he didn't suggest we get rid of a lot of fabric, but then again,  maybe he's having flash backs of the last two times he suggested we get rid of fabric. Yes, you should feel sorry for him, and I should cut him some slack.  We could, technically, fit more in the closet, but when things become hard to get to, they're also hard to put back and that's when things are most apt to continually get disorganized.  I'm trying to create a system that makes it fairly easy for things to be gotten to or put away as needed.  So far, the room is winning.  I'm not as motivated as I should be, and since the job is too big to do in a single day, I keep having to walk into chaos, which is a little depressing.   I know I'll be much happier once it's done, but to be honest, I'm kind of glad I have a bunch of errands that need to be done tomorrow (the van needs tires and an inspection - yay??).
Anybody got any motivational ideas??



  1. ? Room? We call that kind of room "Annie's Room". Anything can go in there!
    Get onto Organizing Mommy's blog and Blitz, Blitz, Blitz!

  2. Becky, the way I stay motivated is to put a picture of the end result in my mind and try to visualise this. Good luck!

  3. Maybe lack of visualization is part of my problem. I can't even imagine what a really good working set-up would be. We've struggled with this room several times before, trying to make it function better, but we're never really satisfied with it. I guess I'll just keep at it.