I was just lurking on the message board in Get Organized and Be Inspired (Wendy Smedley's 4 Experts workshop) and saw this post by Jenni …
I was listening to Wendy's week 1 audio and it turns out my hubby was
listening too. When Wendy said "for those of you who maybe haven't had
an experience with reading an organization book," hubby said, "or four
I had to laugh but then started thinking of how many organization books
I have bought or received as gifts and actually read. I can think of 8
just off the top of my head – 3 scrapbook related – not to mention all
the magazines and tv shows watched.
Needless to stay I am still not organized. Then something Wendy said
next made a light bulb go off in my head. The difference between
storage and organization is that the process of true organization is about the retrieval of
items, not just about putting them away. This might be where I have been going wrong.
When I go through these organization phases after reading a book, I go
hog wild sorting and storing. I have a really hard time with purging by
the way. But it never lasts. I can't remember where I stored items at
and then when I find the items they never go back to that spot.
Do you think this process can be used for other areas of my life and
house? Wendy's audio has got the wheels turning.
How can I even begin to tell you what miss Wendy has done for me? I can't. But … I can say that two things work for me on an ongoing basis (in regards to scrapbooking) one is my Library of Memories system (if I don't ignore it for too long) and the other is the way my creative studio is organized.
READ the blog text in Jenni's post again. I too *was* a storage container junkie. I loved "getting organized" which I should have called "getting sorted" It wasn't until 2006 when I was preparing to move into my home and planning my very own "studio" (at the very same time Wendy was researching and working on her book) that I began to really listen to the things she was sharing with me. As I listened and finally began to understand the steps I had been skipping, I found success. And let me tell you HOW MUCH FUN IT IS to be in a space that reflects your personality and personal approach. It is inspiring and productive.
One of Wendy's concerns for readers of her book, was that they might not take the time to go through the process — they might just look at the great pictures and skip critical steps to get to the clever storage ideas. That is definitely the risk when you write a process-based book, BUT … how totally cool is it that Wendy now teaches the process and clever ideas and concepts in her book, spread out over twelve weeks of time (it's COOL) If you are NOT signed up for Wendy's workshop, it isn't too late.
I sincerely hope you'll consider this. I know the economy isn't well right now and funds are scarce, but if you can swing it — it will be a very wise investment that will help you understand your creative process and become truly organized. You will be able to find and USE the plentiful stash of product that you have. It will in the long run save you money. really.
Speaking of organization …. promise me that you'll sometime soon, check out the NEW iCube Storage at Scrapbook.com. When I saw this product at CHA last winter, I literally jumped up and down and immediately called Trisha at Scrapbook.com. I said, "COME here now!! I've found something you absolutely must see!" She came and ordered. Because, it's that good.
If you're in Wendy's class, it's too early to begin purchasing storage … but when it is time. You have my "iCube" blessing!! And btw, the answer to this question: Do you think this process can be used for other areas of my life and
house? Is a resounding YES! And that to me is the "big picture" behind it all — Scrapbooking is about LIFE.
GOOD Question: How realistic is it to try and do both Get Organized and Be Inspired AND Library of Memories.
My answer: Not realistic at all! I do not think doubling up would be a wise thing to do. These expert workshops are both very process based and require some serious accountability on your part. Focus on one class at a time. IF HOWEVER, you are simply "re-taking" LOM and feel like you have a good solid start on that system, you may actually enjoy taking both classes, as you can focus in Wendy's class on the physical location and setting of your LOM essentials and extras — you know, put it all together. I think that might be really FUN and productive.