i will BE organized

The Journey to Organization. . the Road to a wannabe Cleanie

The 28 Day Challenge : Plan & Before Pictures : Detailed February 4, 2010

Filed under: Organize,Plan,Project — mikailani @ 7:22 am

I’m hyped! Granted, I already lost about 4 days in Feb just getting too excited about this project, but I’m gonna make it happen BABY!

I’ve read plenty of organizing books & blogs and they all have different but similar ways to attack projects. Since I haven’t given OrgJunkie’s steps a detailed go, I think it’s best to start now. Her post today explained the PROCESS

I’d like to start off with the self assessment. I already chose my room.

1. What do I want the purpose of my room or area to be?

I want this spare room turn into a glamour room & my husband’s music production mini studio. I have a HUGE collection of cosmetics (No silly, I don’t use them all at the same time) and I need a place that inspires me to look good everyday. It would go to such a waste if it’s just piled in a trash room. I also want to set up this room as a mini studio, so the Hubbs can stay @ home to work on his music. No need to drive 30 minutes just to get some work in. This small space would also double as our office, we only have 1 CPU @ home, so it would also need to be hooked up to the printer.

Plus with a studio @ home, that would mean we’d be having friends/artist over frequently : and that’s motivation, coz I want them to be welcomed to a clean home!

2. What do I need in or near the room to serve that purpose?

For the makeup room, I would need my vanity, a well lit wall, hang up that mirror that I bought last year, and a nice comfy seat. Oh yeah, my makeup. =)

For the studio, all the equipment would need to be here (Computer, Keyboard, Speakers, Music Sheets, Micrphone) and a few chairs/stools to accomodate guests.

For the office part, I would need the printer, a few good paper storage boxes and a great archiving system.

3. What can I remove from the room?

There’s alot that can be taken away from the room. The coffee table we haven’t used in a year is a really good example. I also need to get rid of lamps, garbage, laundry, shoes – CLEAR IT ALL OUT!

4. What problems do I see with the room?

Right now, it’s such a waste of space. Originally, it was going to be the room we would set up our nursery, but we’re still not ready for another child. For the meantime, we’re gonna use it up to it’s potential. This is the most lonely room, it needs love.

5. What organizational tools might solve those problems?

We’re going to need a desk/shelf system that can hold up all the equipment we need for the studio. I’ve got containers for everything else. A good notebook & blog updates would help too (yes those are my organizational tools) 😉

6. What habits need to change to solve the organizational problems?

This room’s been the home of the homeless. Anything that doesn’t have a home ends up here. We need to cut the habit of dumping things in this room. Making it serve a purpose would really make a difference!

7. What kind of a budget do I have to create the organized room of my dreams?

I know it’s encouraged not to spend so much on this 28 day challenge, but we really need a desk for the studio. We need something sturdy & flexible, in case we decide to add more or less to the unit. I found really good shelving systems @ the container store. If I act fast enough, we’d be able to take advantage of the 30% elfa sale. For this room, I plan on sticking to a budget of $350.00

8. What kind of a timeline is necessary to organize the room?

28 days!! That’s the challenge! 28 days to clear, clean, organize, decorate & blog during the process.

9. What is my plan of action?

First, Clear out everything in the room. Anything that doesn’t belong there has to go STAT. I plan on selling the coffee table & the old computer desk on craigslist for the rest, they either have to go back to their homes, or they’re gonna get kicked out. Then, I need to relocate my current vanity – it has to move to the other side of the room. We would then need to install the shelves & assemble the dresser that would go there too. Soon after everything’s installed, I’ll start organizing & cleaning 15-60mins at a time.

10. Who can I ask to help me with this?

It would be mainly me & the Hubbs. Mainly me. Hubbs is gonna help me put up the shelving & move furniture. He’ll be hooking up all the equipment. I hope he helps me sort thru 3 boxes of old paperwork he’s yet to toss!

Before pictures – A tour of the mess.

Here’s what you see when you open the door. A nice bright costco bag!!! Argh. I dont even know what’s in there. That bag would have been REALLY useful on my last trip to costco. See all that mess? I’m already starting to hyperventilate.

Take a few more steps in, you’re greeted w/ a printer we bought right after christmas. I got excited to see how it looked but we never got around putting it in. The computer is downstairs right now, and we don’t have room for a big printer like this in our living room. So… it stayed there. For just about 2 months. Then there are 2 little boxes of things I need to bring to the 2nd hand store to sell. Some laundry, a computer desk that’s not being used, and a whole lot of JUNK.

Here’s my vanity & more junk. A couple of frames I haven’t put up yet because I never got to printing pictures. You can also find a pillow &  a few blankets on the floor.

P.S. More Junk. and more Laundry.

AHHH!! there’s the ironing board!!! I’ve been looking for that! Amazing how much you can see when you take pictures. hahah what a shame. SHAME SHAME SHAME!

There you have it folks! A PLAN and a TOUR of the mess. I sure hope I can do this!!! Thank GOD February has a 3 day weekend 😉


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