52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace – Take A Look Around

Hello, hello!

Welcome to week one of 52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace. Guess what y’all! This month we’re planning our creative spaces. Isn’t that exciting?

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Distress Inks lined up on craft table with text: 52 Weeks Challenge. Let's Get This Party Started. Week One ChallengeWe’re going to get started by making a few simple changes. Our to-do list for this week is quick and easy. It’s all about creating new habits. If you start doing the same few things every day, sooner or later you’ll do them without even thinking about it.

Anyone can get organized, but you have to create new habits to actually stay organized. And if you don’t, you’ll probably be joining us again next year. Not that I’m necessarily planning on there being a next year, but you know what I mean.

  1. Take before pictures. It doesn’t matter if your space is a disaster. That’s actually kind of the point. Throughout the next year, you’re going to want to give up more than once and the easiest way to talk yourself down is to take a good, hard look at how far you’ve come. Print them and put them with your weekly checklist.
  2. Get a binder or a tablet. This is where you’re going to make notes and keep your printables. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to be doing a lot of brainstorming. We’ll talk more about this later, but for right now, just find something you’re not going to get sick of looking at anytime soon. If you’re using a binder, here’s a free 52 Weeks Printable Binder Cover.
  3. Find a basket or bin, but not just any basket or bin. It’s gotta be something you’re head over heels in love with because you’re going to be using it a lot during this challenge. This is where you’re going to keep everything that doesn’t belong. If you find something that’s out of place, you’ll put it in the basket.
  4. Clean off your desk. Right now, I honestly don’t care what you do with everything that’s on it, just make some space. If you feel motivated to put it all away, bonus points for you. Either way, you need somewhere to work through these challenges and your desk is the most logical choice.

Here the deal. From this point forward, you’re going to commit to spending 5-10 minutes in your space once or twice each day. During that time, you’re going to clean off your desk and put everything that’s ended up in your basket or bin where it actually belongs. In other words, let’s keep the clutter from getting even more out of hand, at least as much as we can. You know, considering… If you actually do this regularly, it really will only take a few minutes.

three glass jars filled with ribbon
You’re probably sitting there thinking I’m crazy and that’s fine. Try it for a week, though. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get everything finished in that time, especially when it comes to organizing things like paper and digital photos, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Are you still with me?

Here’s your homework for this week. You have two assignments.

  1. Promise yourself that you will get organized. There are almost 300 of us in the Facebook group now. Let’s encourage and inspire one another. Each and every one of us can do this. No turning back.
  2. Make a few notes about what you have versus what you want and what you’re hoping to accomplish by working through these challenges. We’re going to spend the next few weeks refining our goals and putting together a plan.

Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces.



Just to review, here’s your to-do list for this week.

1. Take before pictures.
2. Answer the question of the week.
3. Get a binder or a tablet.
4. Find a basket or bin.
5. Clean off your desk.
6. Print the Printable 52 Weeks Commitment and sign off on it.
7. Print the 52 Weeks Printable Week 1 goals worksheet and fill it out.

Don’t forget to sign up via email and/or follow The Keeper of the Memories on Facebook and Pinterest.

What are you hoping to accomplish by working through these challenges? Leave a comment and share.

Thanks so much for visiting. See you next week!

stack of Project Life kits with text: 52 Weeks Challenge. Get Organized Once and For All. Are You Ready to Finally Get Your Craft Room Organized?

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36 Comments

  1. I love the idea of putting things in a basket/bin of things that don’t belong.. only problem for me is that I have a lot of stuff that doesn’t have specific places where they do belong so I have to figure out that mess out as well/ make the space as I go I suppose 🙂

    I am super excited to be doing this… Gotta get a binder, some ink and take a couple of photos I suppose now! 🙂

    5-10 minutes once or twice a day is definitely doable! 🙂

  2. No worries, Penny! Start small. Sometime in the next few weeks, I’ll talk about what to do when there’s too much chaos and you’re not sure where to start. In the meantime, focus on one thing at a time. Have an awesome week!

  3. I’m so excited to get started on my crafting space. I have a separate office, and as I sit in here printing up these pages, I’m thinking, “hey, maybe I could do the office too!” Ha! I better stick to one room at a time, otherwise I will become overwhelmed and blow off the whole idea of getting organized! There is certainly no reason for me not to implement some ideas in my office too, right?

  4. Definitely, Kathalyn! I’ve told my husband quite a few times already that by the time I’m done finding all the craft supplies we have scattered around here, I’ll have reorganized the entire house. Lol… Thanks so much for joining us and have an awesome week!

  5. I am so looking forward to organizing my craft room so it is organized ! I have so many places to store my supplies but know that I am not utilizing them to their full potential! Thank you for this challenge 🙂 . I will get down there (my room is in the basement) and take some photos tonight to share…
    Hugs,
    Georgia

  6. These are great tips. I’m slowly decluttering small areas of our home as well as our huge decluttering project – the basement! Ugh. It can get pretty discouraging but I agree with you that before and after photos are key! Visiting from the Alder link up

  7. My craft room is multi purpose; 1. Scrapbooking, 2. Picture/scrapbook storage, 3. Card making, 4. Office for my two home based businesses (Stampin’ Up! & Thirty-One), 5. Knitting storage, 6. Thirty-One bags storage. I know I need to categorize and use my storage better as well as get rid of stuff that I don’t use anymore!

  8. Definitely, Cathy! My space isn’t all that much different from yours. Scrapbooking, mixed media & art journaling, sewing & quilting – you get the idea. We also have several home-based business. My husband has an Etsy shop and I do some freelance writing. You can totally do this! Thanks so much for joining us and have an awesome weekend!

  9. Ok, I’m late getting started. But I took today off to get some things done that needed my attention, THIS CHALLENGE being one of them! I’m going to get it going. Thank you for all your inspiration 🙂 Off to go find the week 2 stuff so I can just get all the papers put in place straight away!

  10. I am excited to take this challenge. I recently lost complete sight in my right eye. So I need to reorganize my complete crafting area. Love all the great tips.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear that, Debby! Glad to have you joining us, though! Best wishes! Have an awesome week!

  12. okay…I am about 3 months late in joining, so I will be lagging behind. But I am excited to do this as I think that creativity is essential to my soul and I have been cluttered right out of doing anything. by the time I find what I want (or go buy new because I can’t find it) I am out of time or so frustrated I am out of the mood. Does this happen to anyone else? Ironically, I can organize the heck out of anyone else. Why is that?

    I like what you said about having the whole house organized by gathering all the scattered supplies. That will be me, I hope.

  13. Definitely, Tami! And so glad you decided to join us! If you need anything, you know where to find me. Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

  14. I just found your website or whatever it is called. I am somewhat organized in my room but there is always something someone can say that will help. Cant wait to follow your plans.

  15. Glad you found it, Carol! And so excited that you decided to join us! Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome weekend! Happy organizing!

  16. I love crafting, can be very OCD, but due to health issues am finding many aspects of crafting and keeping neat and tidy quite difficult. As a person I’m having to start over and look into finding out who I am, the one thing I’d love is to find an inner peace and so calm in my little world. As crafting, creating is my passion the 52 week plan seemed an ideal place to start. xx

  17. Glad to hear that, Rach! So excited that you decided to join us! Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome weekend!

  18. I came across your site, don’t remember where, oh my. I joined your Facebook group and I’m starting week one. I’m really excited to do this because like many of my fellow crafters, creators and dreamers, my crafting space is a huge mess. I need inspiration from you. Thank you for allowing me to join the journey.

  19. Glad to have ya, Irene! If you need anything, don’t forget to tag me in our Facebook group. You can totally do this! Have an awesome week!

  20. I am going to do this. I’ve cleaned off my desk (that was easy) but now I need to put away all the little doo dads that I’ve come across. They all have a home,. just taking the time to put it there. I can’t stand clutter so this will help.

  21. I have my booklet printed out, and that’s about it. What am I hoping for? A space that I would ENJOY working in; having things accessible, room to scrapbook or Bible Journal or make cards; not feeling so cramped in. I’m sure there is more.

  22. Cristi I admire you for giving us such a wonderful opportunity to follow the 52 weeks of organization. It is a great opportunity to fulfill our/my dream and be able to locate items .I sincerely will appreciate any help I receive. Thank-you so much for allowing me to join the 52 Week to Organization and the Facebook Group!!!

  23. That’s awesome, Debbie! You can do it! If you need anything, don’t forget to tag me the 52 Weeks Facebook group. Happy organizing!

  24. Glad you joined us, Jan! Don’t forget to tag me in the Facebook group if you need anything. Happy organizing!

  25. Hi I’m Nancy.J just joined yesterday. Read a lot now and ready to begin a new. I have a really good start as I have worked through Totally Tiffany’s challenge several times, but never finished and still in chaos. I have a plan, have a lot piled in theme piles, and half put away in my new system. But have many half done projects scattered among my mess, and have completely derailed the process. Ugh! My goal is to ”
    UGH! My goal is to unearth my workspaces, and be able to just walk in, and sit down and scrap, in an organized, peaceful space.

  26. Retired and started carmaking and other papercrafts. Need to clean up my room. Thank you for inspiring me to work on it.

  27. I am retired now and make cards for birthdays mostly for family and friends. I have been trying to organize my craft room off and on for a while now. I need to find what best works for me. I still have things I need to purge so I will have enough space.

  28. I have been working on my craft room organization for years lol. I would start and then have to stop so it became the junk collecting room. This spring I have SLOWLY been making progress. This is exactly what I need to keep moving ahead! 🙂

  29. I’m very excited to begin organizing at the beginning of 2021! It will definitely make me fell refreshed and give me joy! I’ve tried organizing and staying organized many time but I get overwhelmed and end up quitting. And now I’m still unorganized! This 52 week challenge will help with prioritizing what to organize and how!

  30. I found this group at just the right time! I just dismantled a messy office/craft room (removed everything from the room) then this week finished putting a new floor in and new fresh paint. Now I’m in the process of repurposing the room for my craft stuff only. So I not only need organizational tips I also need decorating tips as well. I’m so excited to start this journey with you all. Having your guidance as I go along is going to be so helpful. LET’S GET IT DONE!

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