If you look on the newsstands these days it seems everyone is talking about getting organized. And why not? A new year - a time for new beginnings, etc. etc.. Anyone who knows me well, knows I love for things around me to be organized and accessible. I'm willing to admit that I'm a little OCD and I'm more content when there is order in the chaos around me. And while I don't have my canned goods alphabetized - they ARE organized in the pantry according to 'group' - fruit -veggie - beans - starch - etc. and my spices are in bins according to use [mexican - itailian - or baking, etc.] Oh! And my calendar [organizer] - definitely color-coded according to each family member's activity - and a color for work & play activities as well. I can be a little hyper-organized at times, but can also let things go and have the need to regroup at times too. I believe organizational needs change as our interests and lifestyles change [for instance while the boys' activities used to be two separate colors in my organizer - they are now both coded with the same color because as they've grown older there are fewer things of theirs that I'm responsible for.]
Every few months [or maybe once a year or so] I re-group and re-think my scrap space and how it works for me. Just recently I realized that one of my favorite products was spread out in several different areas, causing me to search different places to find just the ones I wanted. So a couple of weeks ago I gathered all my alphabets [stickers - rubons - chipboard - etc.] and placed them in a cute basket purse I got in the bahamas a couple of years ago and placed it right next to my trimmer. So easy now to just glance through my selection and choose the ones I want to use. Good organization is about more than having everything 'put away' and looking pretty - really good organization helps the person work better and more effectively. To help you get more organized I'm giving away Wendy Smedley and Aby Garvey's book, The Organized & Inspired SCRAPBOOKER. This book is full of wonderful organizing ideas and tips on how to make your space work for you - big or small - whole rooms dedicated to scrapping, or areas that need to be put away from little hands -- it's all in here. I'll do a random drawing from comments to this post. THE RULES: I need to have 25 individual comments before a winner is chosen. The deadline to enter is January 9th [or will continue until there are 25 comments.] To enter: simply post a favorite way you organize your scrapbook area.
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