Waaayyyy back in 2011, I decided to use the “going for broke” method of scrapbook space organization. You can read about it HERE and then in subsequent posts. The point of going for broke is that you remove most/all of your supplies from your space so you’re not tripping over them and moving piles onto other piles as you work. Also, you try not to bring it all back in = PURGE!

I never seem to entirely finish these so-called organization projects to the point where I can show off some braggy photos of my sparkly, perfect space. But I do make progress and it’s always better than where it started. So that’s good, right?

Well, my scrapbook space / work-from-home office / homework area for the kids is so flippin’ out of control, it’s driving me crazy! It may be time to Go for Broke again. As I work today, I’m running it through my mind and trying to convince myself to do it.

My space at this point is approximately:
– 70% unorganized scrapbooking, photos, and memorabilia
– 20% unorganized work and personal files, papers, magazines, etc.
– 5% unorganized school books and school supplies
– 5% random things that don’t belong in here (like the Old Navy order I got last week)

My requirements for “going for broke” are:
– A day or two with no work pending
– My husband being out of the house ;)
– Being caught up on sleep so I have enough energy . . . and COFFEEEEEEE!!!

I do have a couple of days coming up where this all looks like a strong possibility, so send me some good organizational vibes, and let’s hope it happens!

If it does, I’ll post Before and Afters, of course. Here is one recent photo, just so you can see what kind of trouble I’m in here:


If you don’t hear from me on this topic again soon, be a decent person and let me slink away with my tail between my legs, will you?? If I do manage to accomplish this feat and I share my (embarrassing!) Before’s and (AMAZING!) After’s, I expect the appropriate ooh’s and aah’s from you. It’s the least you can do, really. Har.

Happy Friday & have a great weekend!

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  1. avatar

    I have that same issue going on but work full time, have a mother in assisted living to visit and a husband with back issues to say the least. Not in my schedule but I sure wish you luck!

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      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      Thanks Julie! I’m sorry your plate is so full these days, especially about your mom. I hope she’s doing okay. I can relate just as far as being too busy; that’s how my room got in its current state. The rest of my house is pretty clutter-free but this office sure becomes the dumping ground.
      PS: I hope hubby gets better soon, too!

  2. avatar

    I feel your pain. I will be anxious for you after photos as I need some motivation to tidy up my space as well.

    1. avatar
      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone, Maribeth!

  3. avatar

    Your idea makes sense…take everything out, and start from scratch. I,too, have piles on piles. I do believe I will try your method!

    1. avatar
      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      Oh, a fellow Piler, LOL! I’ve tried putting piles on piles and it just doesn’t work, ha! Let me know how Going for Broke works out for you, Susie.

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    Frankie says:

    Good luck! I need to do the same thing. DH helped my move my scrap room (I’ve taken over the downstairs family room) but I need to organize it and put quite a bit of it away still. I really do keep meaning to do it, but family and life keeps calling me away. Maybe this weekend . . .

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      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      Frankie, it’s so nice that your husband helped you move your scrap stuff (or scrap crap, as my DH affectionately calls mine). Let me know if you made any progress this weekend :)

  5. avatar

    Sending you LOTS of good thoughts. I so understand your dilemma…I’m in the same boat. My ongoing project…organizing my mess. LOL

    1. avatar
      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      MARY!!! So, so good to hear from you, my friend <3 Yes, it seems to be the project that never ends. Sigh. {{{Hugs}}}

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    Julie B says:

    Your space looks a whole lot better than mine…….I need to motivate my lazy you know what as my office is moving back home into this same room in June. YIKES!

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      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      It is hard to find the motivation to start, Julie. You can do it!

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  9. […] know that I’ve fought the Scrapbooking Organization Monster several times. Oh, for instance, HERE and HERE. Each time, I thought I’d conquered him. I felt so smug and beyond reproach. […]

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