Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm going in.....


.... and if I don't come out in a few days, send in reinforcements....

It has come to that point. That point where you can't deny it any longer. That point where you can't pretend it's not there. That point at which you can no longer function. That point at which you have to act now, or there may never be any going back.

What am I talking about?

CLUTTER!

I shudder at the mere thought of tackling what was once my house. What was once a cute 2 story dwelling with room and space. A symbol of organization and order . A place of peace and tranquility.


What the heck happened? It is now a place of chaos and mess and clutter. My cake room/office is barely functional. My foyer and dining room have become storage areas for shipping supplies and inventory. My extra room upstairs is...... is.... well.......... it's scary.

And it has come to that time. You know that time; the time you dread more than going for a root canal. It can't be put off any longer. You have to face it. You have to go in.

I am going in. Please come looking for me if I don't come back.



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In my first round of purging my office, I found an old CD copy of Wedding Cake Design Pro. It is a few years old. I do not have the original case or any papers to go with it. I found that I do not have the patience to design cakes on the computer. I just see them in my head or sketch them on paper. Therefore, I am giving this lonely little copy away to a free home. If you would like to have it, drop a comment. I will draw a name from all interested on Friday. If I am still alive. If the clutter has not won.



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On another note, I have not forgotten about the ICES pics and stories. My sisters took all of the pictures, so they have to send the photos to me, and then I have to edit and organize them. Unfortunately, they have real jobs, and I do not have first priority. Can you imagine!! HUMPH!

So as soon as I get all of that together, I will put up an entry on our trip to ICES


Happy Cleaning...er... caking!
Sharon

56 comments:

msulli10 said...

I would love to have a copy of this dvd. I'm not quite able to design cakes on my own yet.
Please throw my name into the hat :)
Marilyn Sullivan
msulli10@optonline.net

Janel Waters said...

Sharon - I feel your pain! I, unfortunately, was not born with the organization gene. My attic was to the point that you couldn't even walk in there, my office/comupter/craft room was completely useless space and I just kept the door closed all the time. I finally could take it NO LONGER and I actually HIRED a professional organizer to come in and revamp my whole house.

It has taken HOURS and HOURS (ok, get real - days and days!) of work to get these 2 spaces done. We have moved on now to my cake closet and next its the kitchen, Kenzie's room, and then the DREADED master bedroom!!

GOOD LUCK... I sincerely feel your pain! may the force be with you - I will send in a search party if you haven't posted by this time next week! haha!!

my word verification for this post is 'mothpu' - so, I feel I must warn you to look out for moth poop while cleaning out your clutter! HAHAHAHA!

liz said...

I'd like to have that copy :) Good luck!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have seen that dvd, looks interesting

kenleana@pacbell.net

Leana

Cake Believe said...

Please put my name in the drawing. I would love any help I can get with wedding cakes!

Rocio Gonzalez said...

I know exactly how you feel, I just moved from a 1000 sq home because we did not fit anymore, there is 5 of us, and know I am in a 2000 sq home and I have no clue how I filled up this home. I have no clue were all this stuff came from or where I had it hidden in my old home. Its' good to get in there and get a good cleaning once in a while.

I would love to get the Dvd now that I have room for it.

rocio
rocgonzalez1@verizon.net

Andy and Davina said...

I'd love it...I'm new to cake decorating and think it would be SWEET!
Davina
daviwhitathotmaildotcom

Beth Hansen said...

I would love a copy! Good luck with all your cleaning and organizing!

Aidan and Evan's mommy said...

Sharon, I can always count on you for a laugh! I think I'm in the same boat as you. It is not easy living in a tiny apartment with a 2 year old who likes to drag his toys from one end of the place to the other and a 3 year old who's room rivals any hospital's with the amount of medical equipment and supplies, and visually stimulating "stuff" It's like a daycare center and a hospital room merged! Have fun! I personally think a bulldozer is in order at my house!

mgdsue said...

Add me to the list of people who would love the DVD. I have made a few wedding cakes, and could certainly use the help it would give me for designing. Thanks!!

ElizabethM said...

I love your blog! Please enter me on your giveaway. Best of luck with your cleaning project.

Bridgett B said...

Love to have a little of your used lagniappe. PLease consider me for the Cake Design CD. Maybe this would help me organize all the designs in my head. lol

Niccicola said...

I'm so OCD about cleanliness/neatness/controlled chaotic order. I have to have every room in the house meet a certain level of 'clean' before i can sit down and focus on a cake order. it's so paranoia LOL

I would KILL for a copy of Wedding Design Pro. Throw my name in twice, will ya :-D

Heather said...

I don't need the DVD, but I do need you to come help at my house decluttering when you're done at yours...can we make THAT deal?

Anonymous said...

If drawn,I will gladly rescue your old tape from the office clutter to give it a good home with 5 of its fellow SugarEd brothers and sisters!
Rita-Greer, SC
rizita@yahoo.com

The Caretaker said...

Ok, how about I win the DVD AND you get to come declutter my house since everything is in boxes and bags since we WERE SUPPOSED to move but ended up not. I like that deal...LOL. I always love your posts. Count me in for the draw.

tkglenn2002 at yahoo dot com

Olga said...

Clutter is my eternal beast as well.... Good luck with taming it :)

Shelley G said...

I wish the best of luck,oh warrior of organization. Keep the faith, and keep sending the swag our way.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, me! Pick me! I've wanted one since the day I saw my friend showed me how she uses it on her computer!
Kim
Sweetiesbykim@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I hear ya about the cleaning. I dread that one chore, but give in when I can't find the floor anymore. I would like to have the dvd as well, so would like my name in the hat please. My 3 year old will love to use the program and design some cakes with mommy.

Good luck with your endeavor...you will see the end though it may be a while. Take it one room at a time and do take breaks for food and coke to keep your sanity. I still want to see your genius cake designs.
-Connie Lawrence

Suzie Q's Cakery said...

Sharon - I love ya, and I would not normally disagree with you on anything, but I have to on this one. There's NOTHING worse than a root canal. That said - - I have faith in ya girl! I know your home will be sparkling in no time!!

likitiki said...

Clutter is my nemesis. You can get the house cleaned up and within days the clutter is back.
I have actually been considering purchasing that program, so I would love to have my name thrown into the hat for it.
Good luck with the cleaning and organizing. I feel for you.

lorivela said...

I would love to try this DVD as well!!

Anonymous said...

Add me to the DVD list Sharon! And if I'm lucky I can add the DVD to the ones I have of yours ... which I love! Good luck with the cleaning/organizing.

Jeanie
jeobryan@hotmail.com

cakes2go_bytheresa said...

Dear Sharon I would love the chance to win the prize..please put my name into the hat. It would help so me so much. Thank you so much for the great gift offer and a chance to win..Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the Wedding Cake Design CD. Please include me in the drawing.

mausb90@yahoo.com

Jen H said...

I would love to play with the Wedding Cake Design CD. Please include me in the drawing. Good luck with your cleaning. I'm unfortunately in the same boat today!
heckman.jennifer@gmail.com

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

I am in dire need of decluttering and organizing. I'm not a very organized person so even if I get it organized it unfortunately does not stay that way very long.

I would love to have that dvd. I have wanted it for a while and just never been able to get it.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I want in!
kris_813@yahoo.com

Kim said...

I'd love to have my name thrown in the hat for that DVD. I need to start getting more creative and designing my own stuff.
Thanks,
Kim Giles
kgilescakes@gmail.com

Merissa said...

I would LOVE to try out that DVD! I'd love to put my name in the drawing if you havent done it yet! Thanks! Merissa

merissa@springlakecake.com

mk8077 said...

Sharon--the condition of my house sounds exactly the same!!! It used to be so organized...(sob, sob). Your post has inspired me to get the wading boots on and conquer the clutter!

I'd love to be added to the drawing for the dvd as well. Thank you!!!
Michele
mk8077@verizon.net

ljchris said...

I can take it off your hands! I can't draw to save my life, so this would come in handy!
Good luck with the work ahead of you. Been there, done that...
Laurie
bhcljc@gmail.com

x said...

If anyone needs help with design it's me. I would treasure having "your" copy of Wedding Cake Design Pro.
Good luck with the cleaning, ha ha ha

Alicia Darnell said...

I want it, I want it!!!

Vicki said...

My clutter needs a friend. :)

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

I'd love the dvd. I promise it will be kept in a clutter free home :-)

Kathy said...

Hi Sharon,
I would also love to give the design software a try...please add my name to your drawing list! And, thank you!

Kathy W
watts2bland1@gmail.com

anna said...

Sharon,
Wow that sounds like such a great prize. I always have such a hard time designing cakes. I draw picture after picture and spend hours trying to make the design or the cake. That would save me so much time.
I know what you mean about clutter. I am in the same battle right now. I hope you are successful.
Andrea Saunders
andreasaunders2@yahoo.com

Gayla said...

Sharon, we all have rooms like that, just did the same thing this past weekend to my office, it was very scary, but so glad I did, found some stuff that I really could use, ha! Good luck, we'll send in the troops if you haven't responded in a couple of days!!!

I'd love to have a copy of the DVD, so please throw my name into the hat as well.

Can't wait to see the pictures from the ICES convention, boy those real jobs really get in the way of progress don't they!LOL!

Thanks so much.

Jan said...

I'd like you to add my name to the drawing also.
Your situation reminds me of a favorite story from my childhood. ("Cowboy and Indian" stories were my favorite). After working so hard to clean the teepee, the father came home from a hunting trip and informed his wife that she wasn't doing it the "Indian way". In a sense, she was putting on airs. He promptly pulled up the stakes, loaded up the travois and they moved to a new site!
Looking at it from today's perspective-60 years later- if sounds very politically incorrect, but as a child with onerous housework chores to do, I wished my mother had had that philosophy!
Good luck with the endeavor!

Jan said...

Oooops! I just read the computer requirements for the C D. Unfortunately there are some drawbacks to having a Mac...(with which I am still having issues, but that's another story---). So, in the event my name is drawn, I suppose you'd better draw again. Thanks for the opportunity and I do enjoy your blog. In fact, I enjoy everything you put your name to. Good quality, terrific humor and a good vicarious friendship! Thanks!

~Mama Skates~ said...

pick me! pick me!
;0)

xo,
sharon

Kristi said...

Would love to give that software a try~ hope i'm the name you pick =o)

Nancy Smith said...

Good luck cleaning! And I'd love the dvd! nancybsmith7@gmail.com

Jennywenny said...

Good luck! Hope you sort it all out! The cd sounds like fun, I'd love to give it a try...

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon, please put my name in the hat. I need all the help I can get. I am not naturally creative and designs are a REAL struggle for me. Your DVD's have helped me a lot. Thanks, and good luck with your de-cluttering project.

Rita Hogan

Kellianne said...

Good luck! De-cluttering is a dangerous mission, but the end result is soooo satisfying. :)

asadielady@gmail.com

Carmen said...

Would love to play with the copy of the DVD please put my name in the virtual hat.
By the way are you using a mask (buy at hardware store- the cheap ones that cover your nose & mouth) when you airbrush yet? If not I swear it helps 100%. No more colored you know what for a week. I've seen your posts from CC but this is the first time seeing your fabulous blogspot! :)

Rafael Logrono said...

I soooo agree with you! I barely find myself after a busy day of caking. :) Put me in that drawing, baby!

Rafael ;)

Shannon said...

I would love to win the DVD. I am not that great at drawing and would make consultations so much easier. It keeps being put on the back burner. Seems it is one thing after another and now hubby has been laid off for 45 days and could be 45 more so it takes a back seat yet again.

tiffany Nash said...

We recently had family visit which is a wonderful thing and lots of 'stuff' got done around the house but... things and projects that got shoved into our spare room too so now I have to fight to get to my cake stuff. It's time at our house too!

The DVD would be an interesting to play with. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

Heidi said...

I would love a copy of the wedding cake design pro. I hope all goes well with the decluttering.
friedturtle@hotmail.com

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I'd love a copy of the DVD! I'm only just begun learning about cake decorating, it should be pretty handy for me :)

Catherine said...

Ms. Sharon- Count your blessings and storage space because all of my stuff has to squeeze into a corner in my one bedroom apartment...along with my husband!

angelabarton said...

I would LOVE to have a copy of that DVD. I've done 4 wedding cakes so far this year, go me!! I'm slowly getting the hang of it, thanks to your DVD's and a few other tips and tricks I've picked up along the way. You can see my creations on my blog, but please oh please, pull my name out of the hat! LOVE your pictures of the ICES Convention, can't wait for it to be in Charlotte in a few years (I live in Charlotte) I would love to meet you in person and thank you for all your help. You can reach me at angelabarton@mac.com or
Angela Barton
1029 Hammond Drive
Stallings, NC 28104