Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rethinking Pockets

I started the Pocket Challenge with certain types of pockets in mind. I even started going around the house and taking "before" pics of several candidates for makeover. But I began to think a bit outside the box. After all, pockets come in a lot of sizes. Just on clothing, you can find tiny coin pockets and jumbo cargo pockets.

Then, last Tuesday, on Home Sanctuary, Rachel Anne challenged us to do something with cotton swabs. So I sat with slightly damp cotton swabs and cleaned every nook and cranny of my laptop keyboard, which was in pretty desperate need. And then it hit me, this could be a pocket.

I set to work and cleaned the screen and the outside too. When I was finished with that I went to work on cleaning my computer's desktop, which was littered with files and documents. Lastly, to add beauty, I changed my desktop picture to a lovely photo I took of a snow-covered wooded area and creek.

Why shouldn't something I use every day be beautiful and orderly as well? Hmm. My purse is looking pretty sad right now. I see another mini-pocket coming on.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Getting Started on The Pocket Challenge

I've been going around my house looking at potential pockets. I have taken pics of some likely candidates, yet I know it will be just like when I'm cleaning. When I started really cleaning and scrubbing, it seems as soon as I get one area clean, another area I hadn't even noticed suddenly catches my attention. Even if it isn't as bad as the first area, when the first area is suddenly sparkling, it's like shining a spotlight on the secondary area.

While I have found several areas that need a good dose of beauty and order, I know others will arise when those are completed. Therefore I am committing to at least 20 pockets. That works out to about 3 per week, which seems doable even with my crazy schedule. I don't have that many selected yet, but I'm sure the rest will appear as I go along.

Have you found any potential pocket areas yet? Don't forget to take pictures of them. Even if you don't feel comfortable posting the "before" pictures, you will want a record of your progress to look back on. Are you setting a specific goal or just taking it as it comes? I really recommend setting a goal so you have something to work towards and keep you on track. Don't be afraid to stretch yourself a little to keep it interesting. Most of all, have fun with it.