This series has come at a great time for me, because I finally started a project I've been putting off for a long time: cleaning out and reorganizing my scrapbook supplies. I've been scrapbooking since 1996 and, as you can imagine, I've accumulated a lot of "stuff" over the years. My goals:
- pare down my products
- organize what remains in a way that makes it easy for me to find things and is a system that is sustainable
My first objective is to reduce what I have. Once I finish that, I'll probably live with what I have left for a bit, while I try to come up with storage solutions that make sense for me.
Over the past few weeks, I have slowly sorted through paper and embellishments, using my away-at-college daughter's bedroom as my headquarters. I've been ruthless: I look at each item, and if I can't immediately envision using it on a project, it's gone. And by "gone", I mean out of my house - not into the garbage. I found a re-use store in my town that works with children's organizations, local groups, and senior centers, and I've already dropped off a few donations. The thought of my former supplies being used by someone who appreciates them makes me feel much better about passing them along.
I've made quite a bit of progress already but there's still plenty of work to be done. Once I've finished the first part of this project, I'll be back with an update and a plan for part two of the Great Reorganization Project of 2016.