My Finished Room

I took my own advice a couple of weeks ago. Remember when I challenged you to clean the entire house in one week? Hopefully you did a little bit, just to be a blessing to your home and your family. Well, I actually went the opposite direction and redid an entire room.

My craft room is my favorite room in the entire house. It's not a large room, but it's perfect for a few pieces of furniture and my scrapbooking supplies - what more do you need? Everything was still in the same place it was when we first moved in almost a year and a half ago. The layout of the room really didn't work for what I needed, so two weeks ago today I cleared everything out and started over.

There was still a ton of cat fur behind the furniture, so all of that got cleaned up and I dusted every surface I could find. (Needless to say my allergies put me in the bed for two days!) I emptied the closet and cleaned all those shelves and walls, and swept the carpet two or three times.

I had always imagined the futon in front of the window so it was the first thing you see when you walked in. I crocheted the blanket on the back and my mom made the puppy love pillow, so they are very special pieces. Plus they're soft and squishy and they make me happy.

The entertainment center went to the opposite corner so you can watch videos from the futon. We save money by only having television in one room of the house, so the craft room is limited to DVDs and VCR tapes. (Yes, I still have some.) When I'm up to my eyeballs in paper and stamps, I really just need some background noise.

The accessories in the room are super-duper special to me. The very first piece of art you see from the doorway is our Psalm 100 art. Danny is partial to it because of the trumpet and I love all of the books. Having Scripture in each room of the house is something I've been convicted of. I want God's Word everywhere I look. I also have gifts from my husband and my best friend from high school is prominent places. And now that it's almost fall, my favorite season, I pulled out my autumn decorations.

I also have my Boyds Bears and all of my paper crafting books in one central location now. There's enough floor space for my craft table in the middle of the room, so having all of my idea books and supplies close at hand is super-duper important. And having bears extolling the virtues of prayer and chocolate helps, too.

And the best part of the whole room is the closet. There's still some sorting and organizing to do to get everything back in here, but I'm so thrilled over this closet. I have several bags of paper lined up on one side, albums and chipboard on the other, and wheeled carts in the middle. The stacks are all organized by project, and one shelf has all of my receipts and post office paperwork. It's like breathing fresh air to know where everything is and be able to find it quickly when I need it. It saves so much time and frustration, and actually makes being creative a joy, not a hassle.

I hope this has been some inspiration for you to tackle something in your own home. It doesn't have to be an entire room - just clearing off a kitchen counter can breathe new life into your home. If you need some help or support, just ask. If you need prayer, just ask. You'll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when it's all said and done - trust me!

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