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I’m taking Organizing FUNdamentals c/o Big Picture Classes (registration now closed), and while my scrap space is in dire need of decorating, it didn’t need much in the way of purging and organizing. I did a lot of the footwork earlier in the year and more at the beginning of the workshop. So I’m making small changes and am getting excited for a big reveal, but I decided that I needed to use all that great organizing information from the class in the area needed most: the dreaded 3rd floor stash room.

Don’t judge my before shots.

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If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll recognize that we had the exact same problem last year. But last year was a big year for our Etsy shop, and more and more craft stuff accumulated. Now that we’re phasing out the shop, we can be brutal with the purging. I started in one corner, arranged separate areas in the hall for stuff to put in a garage sale, stuff to recycle, stuff to throw away, stuff to compost, stuff to move to a different room, stuff for Jake to sort through, and stuff to organize and move back in.

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I found some scrapbooking stuff that isn’t part of my normal stash; stuff I didn’t even know I had. These are probably the oldest stickers in my stash: one sheet from a scrapbook I had in elementary school and one of the first sticker sheets I bought for Eliza’s scrapbook when she was a baby in 2006.

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I even still had a bunch of receipts from my scrapbooking class teaching days circa ’08 and ’09.

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Sifting through disaster.

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The donation bucket: some is going to charity, some Eliza, and some I’m saving for my friend Jessica, who’s coming into town later in the year.

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The hardest part is going to be finding places for all of the little bits and pieces I want to save in a way they’ll be easy to find again.

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And the easiest part has been organizing my acrylic stamp collection in a small suitcase. They fit perfectly (so I’d better not buy more!).

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And just because all of that mess is crazy, it helped me to look at an uber organized spot in my house. My fridge, I have under control. One of Jake’s smarter ideas: I broke some serving dishes that spun on a lazy susan, so he put in a piece of cardboard covered in plastic wrap and I put our jars of stuff on there! It’s so easy to find items in the fridge, and nothing gets lost in the back.

Do you have a scary embarrassing room too?

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