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usamacka 03-12-2014 03:28 PM

Messy Knitting Room/A hope for ORDER!
For the past two years life has been on the house has been a revolving door with military leaving....students returning....friends in need needing temporary housing....even a death.
All during these times, my knitting room became a harbinger for everything else that needed to be stored. Currently I am "sharing" that room with items from my children's father's estate. So many other things have been the priority. Somehow I have managed to continue knitting.....
Now I feel such a need to get that room back to some semblance of a true craft room and it is just overwhelming.
I am thinking maybe in order to tackle this, I should just put the timer on an hour each day and hope for progress!
It is truly a wonder I have been able to crank out anything during these past two years!

claireweber 03-12-2014 06:12 PM

An hour would be a bit much for me - I don't think my attention span could last that long. Any length of time is good, even if it is only twenty minutes. You will be amazed at what can be accomplished in this short amount of time.

The fact that you've been able to complete knitted projects during this time shows your passion and your discipline :thumbsup: You will love it when you reclaim your room.

usamacka 03-12-2014 09:31 PM

I stopped by at my knitting friend's house today and just marveled at her room! She gave me some ideas! Maybe an hour is too much! I may try the 20 minute method tomorrow!!!

justplaincharlotte 03-12-2014 10:32 PM

Oh, do I feel you there...

Right after my daughter moved out, I cleaned out her teenage stuff (posters, etc) from her old room with the intent of using it as a reading room, but I found I missed her more doing that so avoided it after awhile. Then it became the household repository. I just now reclaimed it a couple of months ago, step by step, after 8 years of my empty nest avoidance. Doing a little each day was key.

Have fun reclaiming your craft room!

adichappo 03-13-2014 01:36 PM

Sometimes I find if I say I'm going to clean for an hour (like when I've been re-organizing my basement since last Oct) before I know it 2-3 hours have past, but I've got a lot accomplished. Just start with what's in front of you and take it one step at a time. Sometimes going to IKEA or someplace similar might give you ideas on organization too. I'm still working on my basement, but it's almost there as my new library and craft corner. Good luck! I'm sure it will be fantastic when you're done - and well worth the work!:thumbsup:

claireweber 03-14-2014 02:39 AM

Better Homes and Gardens has a website, I did a search for Craft Room; I haven't checked them out yet, wanted to pass this on in case you may find something useful.

butlersabroad 03-14-2014 09:46 AM

20 - 30 mins a day sounds like a really good plan. What are you going to do with the stuff as you take it out any tidy it up? Maybe put all the things for one person in boxes or plastic containers with their name on the side. Easy to identify what's what later and you can stack them to save space, or throw a cover over the boxes and you can use it as a table. Take a before and after photo, it will be fun to compare!

salmonmac 03-14-2014 04:25 PM

I like the idea of 20-30 min at a time. It's manageable and will eventually get the job done. I must say that I envy you the idea of a knitting/craft room. I try to keep everything that's immediately needed in one bag. Good luck with the clean out and reclamation!

usamacka 03-24-2014 07:22 PM

I am STILL going at this project! Today I went through my books and magazines.....Decided it was time to RECYCLE the paper catalogs from various companies....
ALso put up a 6 foot craft table to start sorting through some of my better organize.
I must have gone through a BOUCLE period!!!! Goes something like..

Boucle...DELAY.....No way....

Although I did find a pattern for SLIPPERS for it....

I do have an idea....use up my most expensive yarns first....I would hate to die and have my kids sell a $28 skein for a buck at a yard sale!!!

Woodi 03-25-2014 10:04 AM

I can so very much relate to this topic, Usamacka.
My husband made me a space in our home office, where we each have a computer, each a nine-foot high bookshelf, and one filing cabinet.
He removed a closet, then we went to IKEA and bought me two drawer units (each with 5 drawers); 9 deep shelves, 6 shallow shelves, and some fabric boxes to store things inside.

I have been working at organizing my STUFF for over a month on all this....and seem to be making more and more messes. I suppose it's getting sorted, slooooowly.....but: I'm beginning to think that I don't have a sortacious bone in my body. I am beginning to think that I like making messes and sitting in the middle of them, looking as if I'm sorting......


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