I love all my stamp sets, tools and accessories that I've accumulated over the past few years as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. But, once I acquire something, I'm not very good at letting it go.
Every year as the retirement lists are released and I separate the retired stamps and accessories from the ones that remain current, I realize that I just have way too much stuff and all that clutter is killing my creativity. I know I have to stop procrastinating, but somehow I manage to continue.
Every time I try and start stamping, I'm wasting endless amounts of time digging through "my stuff", moving "my stuff", and of course trying to find "the right stuff". Well, you know the story........by the time I find what I'm looking for and settle in to stamp I'm just way too tired or I've lost the desire.
So this year I decided to do something about "my stuff" and I'm trying to turn over a new leaf with the procrastination problem.
With the release of the new catalogue and new products in June, I decided to grab the opportunity to not only "Refresh" all my "Colour Collections", but to "refresh and reorganize my stamping space and prepare to sell things I'm no longer using. It was a tough decision but one that had to be made!
- First things first. I began by scrutinizing my space and drafting a plan of attack.
- I scheduled a full day (without interruptions) for room cleanup and reorganization of my studio and prep room areas.
- I got three empty bins and put a sign on each bin indicating its purpose:
- Things I couldn't part with were put in the "Keep" bin
- Things I could part with were put in the "Sell" bin
- Things that I couldn't make up my mind about went into the
"Undecided" bin for further review.
- After looking at pictures of organized stamp rooms on line and in a few magazines, I decided I needed to purchase some smaller sized storage bins to hold my tools and accessories. With that in mind I bought two sizes of lidded plastic storage bins from Walmart, that were open stock. They came in bright green, pink and/or white and I opted for the bright green to give my room some pizzazz.
- I began organizing my prep room first by simply putting all the retired and no longer in use items into the appropriate marked storage bins, and moving them out of the area when I was finished.
- Once the shelving in my prep room was bare I began the process of cleaning the shelves and repositioning my tools and accessories.
|This is the back wall in my prep room area. I would eventually like to get a four-drawer legal filing cabinet to replace all these stacking storage containers. But for now, they hold all my envelopes and paper supplies and other crafting materials.|
|This shelving unit displays some of my current projects. The file boxes on the upper shelf are used for storing cards and to separate projects during my workshops. I keep all my reference magazines and books on the lower shelves.|
Once I had my prep room tidy I tackled the studio area. I followed the same principle and purged the area of things I wanted removed. The result was a cleaner fresher room with updated samples and work station areas. I'm sure my customers will like it a lot better.
The one thing this area desperately needs is adequate lighting. Right now I am functioning with a number of lamps which is okay but installation of overhead lighting will free up some more floor space (it's in the future development plan). I also want to paint both areas and begin adding some display boards.....stay tuned for those pictures!
|Just look at all these stamp sets and accessories I wound up having for sale. Once my rooms were cleaned up I put everything from the sale bins onto my pool table priced everything,in preparation for the garage sale.|
On Sunday the 9th of June, I joined my two downlines, Ethel and Sheri in Langley for an outdoor garage sale event held by Clipper Street a local paper crafting and scrapbooking store. Despite the inclement weather it was a successful sale. We'll be doing it again on Sunday July 7th.
|Tarps to the rescue. It just poured and everything was soaked.|
|Sheri and Ethel waiting for the rain to die down.|
|Sheri's booth was right next to ours and she saw lots of action throughout the day.|
|Despite the inclement weather lots of folks showed up for the sale.|
|Ethel, hoping for a sale.|
|Sheri had this great apron from a breast cancer fund raiser and it worked so well for collecting her sales money.|