Thursday, January 31, 2008

Our First Challenge!

The 30-Day Organizing Challenge

Do you have an area in your home where you store your crafts that has been bothering you, which you have been wanting to get organized for awhile, and which you are tired of looking at? Over the next 30-days you'll have something to do about it and we want to help. Our intention is not to overburden or overwhelm you but to support you and have others in blogland support you. Clutter is not our friend (Mantra to repeat to yourselves over and over again).

The challenge if you choose to accept it is this:

Organize one area or room in your house and post the before (don’t be scared) and after pictures on your blog. On February 29th we will put up a Mr. Linky for you to link up to so we can all share in your success. If you feel up to it, post your before pictures now and let us know about it in the Mr. Linky below. We would love to cheer you on!

Oh, and what would a challenge be without a PRIZE?? We still have to work out the details on that but, oh yeah, we definitely have to have a prize.

If you would like to participate, please sign your name below to Mr. Linky. This way everyone in the challenge will be able to visit you and root you on to de-cluttering success! Please feel free to grab the challenge plaque and link it from your blog.

To link from your Blogger blog you need to save the image to your computer and then upload the image to a photo hosting site or to your own website server. Example photo hosting sites would be Flickr, Photobucket, or on a server.

Go to your blogger template and choose 'Add New Element' and then choose html/java script. Copy and paste the code below into the window that pops up.

Then go to where you have your image stored, and if it's through a photo hosting site, right click on the image and choose 'properties.' Highlight and copy the code where it says 'location.' Paste the code into the proper section of the code below and you should be good to go.

<center><a href=""><img border="0" src="ENTER THE LOCATION OF YOUR GRAPHIC HERE" /></a></center>


1st Prize

1-Hour Organizing Consult by Janine

2nd Prize

Knitter's Almanac donated by Lynne (Durango)

3rd Prize

Project Bag donated by Carmen (Dulcedosa)

4th Prize

Stitch Markers donated by Zelphia


Sharon Rose said...

I have an art room but it's gotten out of control. In Feb I WILL rein it in! Here's to a useable spare bed!

Kenyetta said...

it have to be knitting stuff? My bedroom is a mess.

busyHSmom said...

I am in on this! My camera got broken in the summer and I have not been blogging since I have no photos to share. I will try to borrow a camera and get some pics. I somewhat agree with Kenyetta, though. The very first thing that came to my mind was my DESK. I find myself avoiding my office/workspace because my desk is a MESS!!

PS My blogger account identity is "busyhsmom" but you will find me as "BlueMoonArtistry" on ravelry. Sorry to be so confusing!

Needles (aka Carol) said...

Most of my knitting supplies are in my bedroom. The entire bedroom is a mess so I'm gonna work on that this month.

Yarnfairy said...

I have a big room in our cellar but it is also a big mess. A few monthes ago I just cleared and cleaned it but no it is as worst as before. I will take pictures of it and will show them to you

owl knits said...

Jenean - Is the code correct for the link. I get the little box with the red X in it. If you click on the red X, the link works, but there's no graphic.

Also, for all the organizationally, neatness challenged among us, I HIGHLY recommend Jeff Campbell's "Controlling Clutter" and "Speed Cleaning." These books changed my life!

Woolly said...

I am fortunate enough to have quite a large craft/office room and I am forever in the process of "finishing" my organizing. I am quite good at "planning" my organizing but very poor at "carrying out" my plans. I am hoping that this group will inspire me to take the final plunge and get the job FINISHED. However, I do tend to organize and then reorganize because I feel that I have come up with a better plan. I can't begin to count how many times I have reorganized my patterns!

Kuaikuai said...

I think my
is self-explanatory. My knitting space is a MESS!

Andrea said...

This is just the kick in the pants I need! Well, that and my brother-in-law is coming to stay tomorrow. That means everything thrown into the cupboards for now, but they'll need to come out again eventually, and when that happens it'll be chaos. This is exactly what I need!

Stephanie said...

I'm planning to organize my scrapbook supplies this month. If I can get them all together and in some sort of container instead of scattered in various locations I'll have more room for organizing the knitting stuff. I hope.

TurquoizBlue said...

I'm in. Lord knows I could use the help.

Rosie said...

I really hope I can stick to this. I'm a new mom so organization is very much needed at this point in my life. Good luck to everyone in the challenge.

Spiffy Knits! said...

Boy, do I need this!

I dye and sell yarn and fiber, and I do not have a dedicated workroom/studio. My stuff is divided between the dining room table and my front entry way.

Let's hope I can have my birthday (March) feast in my dining room!

Sheila said...

I decided to do my laundry room. It's small and it's definitely in need of some straightening...

mathmom aka sheila

Lisa said...

I'm so excited to try to do this. My yarn covers any available nook, cranny, shelf, tote and bowl in my house. I will be organizing one of the bookcases in my living room to accommodate my stash. Taking a before picture will be hard because it is everywhere!

Integrity said...

I have a dedicated sewing, craft room that has recently been added to our home. It is my dream sewing, knitting room but still needs some major organization. And a set up where just my knitting project is set up. I will take a photo tomorrow. KarenMC

SaraJane said...

okie doke, what used to be my craft closet has turned into insane-ness. All my yarn is instead in my freezing cold scrapbooking area in little bins and plastic tubs. Patterns?? I'm not even sure I can locate them all. This challenge comes at the most perfect time! Just yesterday I said "ugh!" when I opened that closet door. With some major cleaning and a little reorganizing, it'll be the perfect place for my yarn stash.

MandyU said...

Yeah...Perhaps my problem is that I don't have a project space. We have an 800 ft2 house with a basement and I think I have some knitting and crafty things in each room. My goal for the month will be to finally open up my art desk (that I got as a present 4 years ago) and set up an area in the basement where I can consolidate and organize all of my crafty things.

Jana B said...

I joined!!!! My "office" is insane! I have to re-arrange it somehow... might as well start now!

Thanks for starting this group!

Ang said...

You know what? I didn't think I had the time for this because of homework, but what's the worst that could happen? I don't complete it? FINE! I'm going to take a few more before pictures of my crafting areas and start working towards the afters, even though there's not much time left.