Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Don't judge me!

***Edited at bottom-progress update***








My friend Amy has been working very hard on her scraproom for the past several days now, so it motivated me to want to work on my pig sty. I don't know how it got to be this bad, but I'm embarrassed and ashamed. It's never looked this bad. I'd like to blame it all on my family, but they are only responsible for a portion of the mess. Most of it is mine. Lots of projects in progress at the same time, mail everywhere, packages that are incoming and outgoing, valentine stuff, lots of shoes, socks, clothes (those are not mine) and lets face it...just a bunch of crap that needs to be thrown away or put away. Paper is my enemy! Not the pretty stuff...it's the mail, school papers, church papers, scout papers, receipt's, banking papers, business papers, etc that consume me. I need to come up with a good organizational solution for all of that crud so I can have some peace of mind. My bookcases are all still organized, but I do need to take everything out and dust it all. Dust is enemy number two! I have a couple of the young women coming over in 5 hours and counting to work on invitations, so my goal is to make a dent in this mess before then. When I'm done, I plan to post new pictures of a much less stressful environment. The clock is ticking...gotta fly!
Note my disclaimer in the last picture. This quote is on the wall in here. It says...
I'm creative-you can't expect me to be neat too.
clicking publish.....now! (shudder)

Progress update as of Thursday morning....Yes, I am a real girl, with real messes...big ones too! It's still a disaster in here. I did finish up 3 of the projects in progress that had to be done by last night for the young women. I work in here in between distractions....you know what I mean by distractions. Getting your kids to do their homework, laundry so Mark has clean work clothes, run up stairs to put something away and for some reason decide that your bathroom MUST be cleaned right now, Are you making dinner?, Hey mom...we need milk, Jolene...can you bake cookies for cub scout pack meeting tonight, stain and seal the cub scout tree and make a word search about recycling...yada yada yada. You get the picture. So this room WILL get done, but it will take a little longer than I'd like with all of my lovely distractions. Believe me...there's nothing I'd like more that to redeem myself with some clean room pictures.

25 comments:

Pam said...

Hey, it just proves you use that room and it's not always as perfect as it looks in your photos! I'm sure you'll have it perfect again in no time!

Patti said...

I am equally sure you will get things whipped into shape. You're good like that! :)

Janna & Derrick said...

You should have seen my kitchen yesterday! There is just not enough room for all my toys, gadgets, appliances, food, etc. WHOA!

As for the business type paperwork, maybe something like this would help you:
http://www.displays2go.com/product.asp?ID=206

Denise... said...

Ahhh...thank you for posting! Mine is equally as "full", a b'zillion little things all going at the same time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wendy said...

Jolene, I know you have said before, but were do you get your wall art stuff?

Jacquie said...

You can do it! You seem to always "kick it" at the cleaning stuff :-)

homedaisy said...

oh, thank GOD. you are normal! :)

MaryAnn/Ca said...

LOL, my sewing room looked much like this just before Chrsitmas...but then i had to clean it all up for DGD to sleep there. Its slowly getting back to its "normal" state!

MaryAnn/Ca said...

LOL, my sewing room looked much like this just before Chrsitmas...but then i had to clean it all up for DGD to sleep there. Its slowly getting back to its "normal" state!

Marilyn said...

don't be too hard on yourself...remember you were really sick not too long ago :) Just hang in there-maybe before the girls get there, you can just shove a bit under a bed....tee hee. My favorite paper friend is the garbage can! When the mail first comes in, i stand over the garbage can, or shredder and take care of it right then.

Andi said...

Whose house is that in the pictures??? It CAN'T be our Jolene's...she's way too neat and tidy to ever have a mess like that anywhere in her home.

Love you Jolene...so glad to see someone else has a mess besides me. You're just brave enough to post a picture of yours...and I won't show mine!!!

linda t said...

Your home always looks perfect Jolene... so these pics makes you so normal, so real... like the rest of us! Ha!
SO, thanks for reminding us that it's OK to USE our craft rooms, to mess em up... I mean, that's what they are for! Right?!

velvet brick said...

LOL! Oh Jolene...one of the things that I just love about you is how you DO show..the good, the bad and the ugly! LOL! I also love your honesty... you crack me up with your 'let's face it..a lot of crap...!' LOL! Haven't we all be in this situation a time or two? or three? or more?? It is hard to keep up on every corner of a home with such a busy life! Good luck with it all! : )
VB

~Telah said...

Don't feel bad...mine is awful too. I scrap in the dining room and you can't even see my dining room table! After I have this baby and get back to my normal self, cleaning/
organizing my scrap stuff is #1 on my list!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

are you trying to arrange your room to look like mine? I think I have more stuff on the floor.

Jen said...

Thank you for sharing. Your house always appears to be so perfect....makes me feel better to know that you have the occasional mess too! I have no doubt that it will be cleaned up soon! Thank you for an inspiring blog. It brings joy to my day!

Nikki *Ü* said...

How can I judge you when I know mine looks way worse???!!!! LOL You're much more motivated than I am to tackle it. It overwhelms me so much that I just leave it be. Not a good thing.

Mary Jo said...

It's nice to see you're normal, Jolene. You always show perfect pictures of your home and I always wonder, "How in the world does she do it?!" I believe creativity goes hand-in-hand with a messy house. At least that's my excuse! I have to agree with you--paperwork IS the #1 enemy!

Valerie said...

mine is worse. and no, i will not publish a picture to make you feel better! :o)

like everyone else...i buy stuff then forget about it. bad girl.

Melissa said...

Oh, yeah, I'm feelin' ya. For some reason, my family thinks my scrap table is the perfect spot to plop all their stuff they don't know what to do with!

Nonie Mae.... said...

Its all in the creative process..Mine is really messy too..

Coleen said...

Alright! About time you showed your real mess! Now I want to see your room! LOL Just giving you a hard time from your little Sis! Love ya!

shekinahhvac said...

Girl--you took that picture from my room--Nah, this just proves that you are a wonderful mother and wife. You always have a beautiful house.
Blessings
Tiara

Deanna (dw) Shain said...

So we can use these as the "before" pictures of your room in the book, right?! ROTFLOL!!!! Mine is in the EXACT same condition right now! You are soooooo not alone in this battle sweetie!
"Gather together gals with messy craft rooms and offices, the meeting of creative minds is now in session......" ;)
Hugs,
-d.

Su said...

a lurker here. . thanks for sharing your scrap room photos. . makes me feel not alone. . please share HOW you cleaned it. . I get so overwhelmed that I just stop. . any tips. . .
also I've read that you get your wall letting from your friend. . does she do vinyl lettering for others. . does she have a website. . can we blog readers place orders with her. . perhaps do an entry on her. Thanks for blogging. . I think I stumbled upon your blog from some 2Ps link. . .not sure