Tackle it Tuesday #151: making a welcome area

by JenaW

This week our resident tackler, Jena Webber, is posting about making a work-friendly area.
Jena, also known as the organizing mommy, blogs at Organized Everyday.

In the craft room/ playroom, I had really let things slide. I have this one corner of the room that held this:

Functional, yes. Pretty, no.

I don’t know about you, but if the space is not pretty and inviting, I just don’t want to be there. I’d rather just go somewhere else. Sooner or later, our entire house gets to be something we want to move away from rather than dwell in, if we do not get control of the space.

Getting control of the space, no matter how small, is key to organization. Once you have conquered a small corner of the house, you feel more relaxed and in control of your world.

I moved a desk in that area. Here is what I was thinking: I want it to look pretty at a glance. So, I went around the house looking for nice baskets. Everything was going to be contained in a little baskets. I didn’t go out and buy anything–just corralled the basket army that was already existing.

Quite honestly, I’m still working on what I want in each basket. So far, I have writing utensils in one basket. I have ironing supplies in another. I have some letter writing supplies in a different one.

The last touch was recycling these small chalkboards to have inspirational words on each one.

  • NO CLUTTER
  • CREATE
  • INSPIRE
  • FOCUS

Speaking of focusing, I’m always thinking of new ways to get the most productivity out of ourselves, so we can have MORE time for our families and doing things we love.

All work and no play makes for a very dull mommy. But no work at all makes for a very stressful home. The desire for the balance between these two things is what I call the BLITZ. The blitz is a very intensely focused hour of work, attempting to encourage increased focusing abilities. Last week’s blitz.

I hope you will come and join us this Friday for another fun blitz.

Speaking of Blitz, my life has been a little overcrowded with activities. As much as I have enjoyed being the resident tackler for 5 minutes for mom, I’m passing the torch on to another hard-working Mom out there. It’s been a pleasure working with Janice, Susan and Erica. They are so professional and hardworking. Thank you for letting me do this! Don’t worry too much, though. I’ll be back often as a guest tackler. If you miss me, come and see me at my blog once in a while: Organized Everyday. hugs.

Would you like to post as a guest tackler? We are officially running low on guest tacklers!! Did I lose someone in the email shuffle? Send me another email if I have forgotten you.

So make sure you submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Jena at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.


Happy tackling ladies…



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1 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins April 7, 2009 at 12:07 am

Your “after” looks great! I love it when you can “recycle” items from within your own house!

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2 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls April 7, 2009 at 12:09 am

It looks wonderful! I love the chalkboards. :)

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3 Maddy April 7, 2009 at 12:10 am

Much more pleasant on the eye I must say. Better still that you didn’t have to shell out any money, just time effort and motivation. Well done you.
Cheers

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4 Monica April 7, 2009 at 12:23 am

Wow…what a change!!! It looks so pleasant now. Great tackle!

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5 Susan April 7, 2009 at 12:25 am

Thank you soooo much Jena for all your fabulous tackling!!!

We’re glad to hear you’ll still keep joining us regularly as a guest tackler.

I love the beautiful desk space you created here. So inspiring!

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6 Wilma April 7, 2009 at 12:30 am

Wow! That’s a big job. Looks wonderful.

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7 Michelle, the SoccerMom April 7, 2009 at 1:47 am

Great tackle it looks amazing!!!

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8 susieshomemade April 7, 2009 at 8:48 am

What a cute tackle!!

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9 angie April 7, 2009 at 9:35 am

I love the baskets
shopannies@Yahoo.com

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10 Veggiemomof2 April 7, 2009 at 9:38 am

I love that desk area w/the baskets!

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11 Karen April 7, 2009 at 10:57 am

Oh, I like that new look much better than the old!

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12 LeNesha April 7, 2009 at 11:36 am

Great tackle! The area looks so much more organized and inspiring. Just from looking at the change, I am totally energized!

Cheers,
LeNesha

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13 Pink Monkey April 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

Very beautiful and inviting. I dream of the day I have a Martha-ish office.

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14 Karen April 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Great tackle. I don’t have many baskets in my house, but I’ve been picking up a few here and there at yard sales lately. They come in so handy.

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15 BarbaraLee April 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm

We have a desk like that. I like what you did w/it.

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16 CompleteLee Blogger April 7, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Love the desk–looks great!

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17 Lisa April 7, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I love what you did! Great job!

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18 JoyceMarie April 7, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I love the way your baskets look on a country type cupboard. Very pretty, and inviting!

I love baskets…they are good for EVERYthing…

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19 Kristi_runwatch April 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Love it – indeed, very pleasing to look at and functional!

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20 Rita April 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Very nice.

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21 Stephanie April 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Wow! You are so crafty! I absolutely love your new area. The baskets are so pretty (and they all match…how did you manage that?) and your mini chalkboards are so inspirational.

Good Job!

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