Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Monkey on My Back

This room is driving me insane! Insane I tell you.

I stay up nights worrying about it. It's an important room -- it's where I do all my work. Only I avoid going in there at all costs because it's such a disaster. Seriously, you have to climb over mounds of stuff just to get to the desk. I can't even sit in my chair because it's covered with piles of scrapbook paper, which is kind of funny because I don't scrapbook.

Every time someone comes over to buy jewelry, I trip my way into the room making apologies as I go "Sorry about this, I've been crazy busy" I say. I always get a kind response, but I know what you are thinking ..... you are thinking "This place could be on the HGTV show Hoarders." It really is that bad.

I know it, and I know you know it too my friends.

Sorry, it's the monkey on my back, and I'm having a hard time getting rid of it.

Last week during my nocturnal spree, I worked on the monkey, all the while thinking "I wish someone would send a letter in to HGTV and get a professional organizer over here to re-do this room. It might be worth the embarrassment to get some shelves and a desk with drawers to store my hoard of beads. There's only one hitch -- I would have to talk someone into being my "stand-in/stunt woman", because they say television adds 20 pounds, and I can't afford that, if you know what I mean.

I have to say, I made some headway last week. I can walk across the floor now without tripping over boxes. And I can sit in my chair. I moved the paper stack to another corner where it is awaiting a cute storage box that I'm going to buy at Walmart one of these days. I'm feeling pretty hopeful.

This week, I'm going to tackle the work table.

Wish me luck. I really want this monkey gone by Halloween, 2010. (Notice I put the year in there, just so you know I mean business. Monkey business.)


Eunice said...

Let's trade services Crystal. You can decorate my living room and I'll organize your work room.

dandee said...

Oh, man. Is it bad to say I'm sorta happy to see this? My craft room often looks the same way and is only clean right now because I've been too busy to have any projects. The second I start getting creative, the monkey will be on MY back.

Also, I LOVE organizing for other people. If we were neighbors I'd trade organizing for pretty jewelry. :)

Rosie said...

I totally have this same room--minus the cute sign in the window! My room is now something I have to look at and deal with because I moved my daughter in there for a bedroom. Not ideal but it will work! However, now I must take care of it! Maybe I need the same deadline!!!

When are you coming for Spark? Are you staying a bit longer? If you are we could meet for lunch!

Kristi said...

I can totally relate! I can't even work in my craft room, because it is such a mess. maybe I will set the same goal and date. maybe I can do it! - hoarders is so scary! I like to think I am not that bad. yikes!

Lyndsay said...

I am TOTALLY in the same boat with my back room. I really get this post. I think this goes hand-on-hand with being crafty. I was forced to completely overhaul mine when I made a third of it Finn's new classroom. But this is how bad of a mommy I am. The room got so messy again, that I haven't held school for him this week. I can't find his little table under all of my mess. I'm on it this weekend!!!

word verification: "nearside"—the side of the craft room you stay on when you can't make it to the farside, because of all the detritus.

Lyndsay said...

I meant "hand-in-hand"