Tuesday, August 28, 2007

U is for... Untidy

Okay, it's high time for another 'airing your dirty linen in public' confession. I am not one of life's naturally immaculate people (I can hear my father snorting from here). Barely controlled chaos is more like it. Case in point - the shelves in my office stroke craft room.


There is some order to it, honest, but you might not guess it at first glance. As I look at them in the cold hard public light I ask myself many questions:

Why do I still have a copy of 'The Idiot's Guide to Baby Names' hanging about? Because believe me, that boat has well and truly sailed.

Couldn't I find more attractive storage boxes for my fabric paints than those ancient Pampers wipes cartons?

It's August - do I honestly need a Halloween lantern or my set of plastic Easter eggs to hand?

But in my own defence, I do know exactly where to lay my hands on the stuff on these shelves and they are one of the hardest working storage spaces in our house. I just wish I had the knack of turning functional into beautiful, oh and keeping it tidy.

18 comments:

June said...

Oh, I know what you mean. Everything is important, even old baby name books so it's hard to let things go sometimes.

About the Baby Wipes boxes, you could always decoupage cute little images on them or even fabric bits which would save money on new containers but also look fun for you--just an idea.

Joanna Butchart said...

what is worrying is that photo looks like complete organisation to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kat said...

I know how you feel... I keep a lot of my supplies in plastic bins and I've made pretty labels for them, but they still don't look like a magazine photospread :) Isn't that what we want?

Candlestring said...

I'm with Joanna in that previous comment - You call that untidy? Just wait until I post pictures of my craft room some day. But that would not be U for Untidy, it would be D for Disaster area!

As for the boxes, I have my fair share of storage containers like that and I just tell myself I'm being "green" because it fits the reduce-reuse-recycle mantra. Right? And some day you'll be in a thrift store and you'll find the perfect little tins to use instead ;)

grumpy said...

Isn't that just about the tidiest room that you could find to photograph for your "Untidy" blog.

Where did you hide all the junk?

Megan said...

Um - I'm with the cynics this time. That looks really organised to me. Maybe not anal, but organised.

Allison said...

Positively immaculate compared to my mess!

Linda and Laura Lilly Cottage said...

HI, first let me say that I am loving your A-Z, it is very very good and yes I do agree...this is not, I repeat not untidy, it is organised!! My craft space, that would be from the front door to the back door is a shambles!! I try to tidy and then when it looks OK I go to sew/paint/create and I have to pull everything out! No, I love your shelves and to me, it looks great, you do need everything!! Have a wonderful day! Linda Lilly Cottage.

dee said...

trust me, that is not untidy...I just tackled my upstairs linen closet, it was about to become avalanche central if I didn't get to it soon.

Emma said...

It looks good to me, a great space and well used! And I still use old baby wipe boxes too, they are so handy for little bits and pieces.

Jane said...

That is not untidy. I would be so happy to have anything half as organised
J
x

Felicia said...

LOL Looks a bit like my house :)

Louise said...

If this as messy as it gets you'd be horrified at my desk and sewing area. I actually cleaned up today and can see the top of it. I know what you mean though - I'm constantly dumping things on my shelves that stay there forever!

monica said...

In my house... that counts for a very tidy bookshelf!!!

Nothing wrong that I can see...

:)

Amy said...

Chill out lady - everything is on the shelf. Call it done and have some tea. Do you do iced tea in the summer? One time I hosted a couple of ladies from England and they were so curious to have iced tea and we took them to a bbq restaurant and they served it in HUGE plastic cups and they laughed and laughed and laughed and couldn't get ahold of themselves. Stupid Americans...

dottycookie said...

I think that is tidy. Oh dear.

I took the coward's way out and made a curtain to hang in from of mine - they're in the spare room and I felt bad asking anyone to sleep with the chaos. Plus it was an excuse to bhuy fabric!

cd&m said...

Your barely controlled chaos looks positively neat and tidy compared to mine!

emily said...

that looks great to me! i love the shelving unit . . . i am getting ready to furnish my craft studio right now and would love a shelf unit like that . . . and i hope i can keep mine looking as "unorganized" as yours!!
:O)