A couple of weeks ago, we started organizing the studio. As I said before, it was overdue. I am generally a neat and tidy person, but when I am in the middle of creating, I don’t like to take the time to pick up after myself or put things away properly. I’ll just shove a piece of fabric on the fabric shelf or barely open a bin in order to drop something haphazardly in. Over time, this behavior leads to disorganization which makes me cranky when I’m in the middle of creating and I can’t find what I’m looking for when I’m looking for it.
The two things that help me with upkeep more than anything else is…
#1 – When stuff isn’t cluttered
#2 – When there is a place for everything
So, as I’ve been organizing, I’ve worked towards those two goals with each cabinet, drawer, and shelf we’ve tackled.
I bought some drawer organizer bins for the art cabinet while I was out shopping last week. The drawers in this piece are deep, which is great for storage, but smaller items need to be contained or they will get lost in the back of the drawer. These bins address that and also keep like things together.
I even took some time to organize a new watercolor palette. My old palette didn’t have enough wells in it and some of the larger wells had three colors in them, which wasn’t ideal. And the colors weren’t labeled, so it was a bit of a guessing game with some of the pigments that look similar when dry.
My desk drawers are also all tidy, and several are even empty. (As I shared before I have this weird thing that I like great storage pieces, but I prefer to have them empty or mostly empty. When I posted about that, my brother shared that he is the same way, so maybe it’s a genetic thing.)
I even picked through and purged my magazine collection. I only kept my very favorite issues and ones that I am in, in some form or another (contributor, featured, etc.) It was pretty humbling seeing them all together. (They are the group on the third shelf.) It had been a dream of mine to be featured in a magazine for years and I never, ever thought it would actually happen, much less that I’d have a whole collection.
The drawers and lower cabinets were organized as well. Most of our furniture painting supplies are housed in there.
While we were out shopping, I picked up a desk chair as well. It was even on my shopping list, so that was a lucky find! I love the antique Eastlake chair I had there, but it didn’t roll very well and wasn’t comfortable for long-term sitting.
As I’ve been browsing for desk chairs, I realized I don’t really love any of them. So, if I can’t find one that I love, I’ll focus on finding one that is functional, inexpensive, and neutral. This chair was on clearance at TJ Maxx for $64, so after sitting in it and rolling around in the aisle, I decided it fit in all three of the categories. Maybe someday I’ll find one I love, but for now, this is a good solution. I worked in it most of the day today and it’s much more comfy.
We also organized the storage room. This was quite a task, but we worked on it over a few days, going through each bin. As I shared, we got rid of bags and bags full of stuff and created so much more room in the process. (As I’m saying “we”, I mean Kriste and I worked on this project when she was in the studio and then I did some work on it by myself.)
Sigh…I just love stacks of fabric and linens.
Now, I’m all ready to mess it up again in 2017…