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Scrap Room to Scrap/Guest Room Transformation

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That’s right, you read that correctly.  I have my scrapbook stuff in my guest bedroom.  Actually the guest bed is in my scrapbook room.

When Hubby and I were house shopping (6ish years ago), one of the stipulations was that I got to have a room just for my scrapbooking stuff.

I have been scrapbooking since I was 15 years old (10 years at this point) and had always had to keep my stuff in my travel bag or tucked in a corner of my 12×10 bedroom at my parents house.  Oh, how grand it would be to have a whole room…A WHOLE ROOM dedicated to just my scrap stuff!!!

Every house we looked at, I envisioned which room would be “mine” and how I would decorate and organize it all.

We found our house, Berk picked his room, I picked mine and we were happy!

First things first, I painted mine purple.  I heard that purple sparks creativity…perfect for a scrapbook room!

It had many phases between my corner computer desk, Berkley’s corner computer desk.  Nothing really seemed to work right.

Then…after 4 years of having a whole room dedicated just to crafts, we found out we were expecting a little bundle of joy (whom
(or is it who?  dang it!!!) we now call him Ayden).  Since we weren’t really planning for Ayden…I had to think quick as to what we were going to do.  We need to have the guest bed for when we go out of town, our friend can have a comfy place to sleep when she watches our dog and when my parents come…they need a comfy bed too!  I didn’t even decide which room would be the baby’s room until about 4ish months before Ayden’s arrival.  I wanted to wait until we found out the gender.  If we were going to have a girl, I would just put her in my scrapbook room and build her theme around the purple walls.  I’m so glad we have a boy.  Nothing against girls, but it would have been more work to move all of my scrapbook stuff out, patch the walls where the shelves are and put closet doors back on the closet.  So…Someone “upstairs” took pity on my natural laziness and blessed me with a beautiful BOY!!!

Anyhoo…back to my dilemma…I have a whole room…bursting with “stuff” that I now have to trim down enough to fit a queen size bed and also leave enough room for people to stay in the room, somewhat comfortably.  Now we do not have a big home, it’s perfect for us, but the bedrooms are just average size bedrooms.  This is a BIG task to take on at 24 weeks pregnant!

But, nonetheless it still needed to be done.  And it needed to be done before I could even get started on Ayden’s room since the bed was still in there.

So, I went through and “cleaned house” (not really, just the one room).  I mean really cleaned.  I am what you would call a “pack rat.”   A trait passed down through the generations.  I had stuff in there I hadn’t used in over a decade.  I had to play a game of “just toss it and forget about it.”  I did, and I never looked back.  I still have a small pile of things I think I can sell on eBay.  But most everything went to the garbage heap or to donation.

After the “toss, donate, and sell” stage was complete.  I removed everything from the room so I could reorganize from scratch.  I am a firm believer in you gotta make a mess, to clean a mess.  As you will see in the pictures below…I was in a desperate need of reorganization.  So out went everything, and it only came back in as much as I could carry and got put away into it’s new place.  Some stuff had to wait until I got my new storage modules though.

Once cleaned out, I waddled myself up to Michael’s and purchased some of their storage cubes.  They were 50% off that week so I could get everything I needed without having to get one per day to use the 40% off coupon.  I got all that I NEEDED (wanted more), asked a friend to come help build, and we got to work.

Here are some before and afters photos.  I am about to bare my soul here.  Don’t judge my messiness.  I love to organize, but never said I was always organized!  The room didn’t get used much and for some reason, if I did craft, I brought my supplies out to other areas of the house then threw everything in back in the room when I was finished.  I think it has something to do with the room not being very open to natural light.  Even tho it does have a nice big window, the view isn’t the greatest and I prefer natural light surrounding me!  Makes me feel happy, happy, happy.

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Yes, Gus laid there on his own will.  He loves to lay under the table where I’m working.  Quite often he laid under the desk if I was scrapbooking before.  Now, there isn’t much room for his bigness.  But he found a way to fit himself “in” there.

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Ok so obviously the “after” photos after the first one was quite a while after Ayden was born because I just saw him standing in the window.  Haha, but you get the picture.

This is where the bed was…see, I had a big project on my hand but what an accomplishment!!!

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I would like to add a BIG THANK YOU to my father-in-law for building my new countertop.  We gave him the measurements and he built, laminated, and installed my countertop.  It’s beautiful and sturdy!

Now, if only I made more time to play in there instead of watching TV.

Hope you enjoyed and I’d love to see picutres/stories of your organizing projects!

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