Yesterday, I was a determined woman. Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together.
We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven’t picked through each bin and each drawer, keeping only the things that are really used. It was time. It was long past time.
Kriste and I worked together, emptying out the contents of bins, drawers, cabinets, and cubbies, and grouped like things together, so we could actually see everything and make more informed decisions about what to get rid of and where a group of items should be stored. We found all sorts of fun and useful stuff that I entirely forgot I had and we also found eight trash bags full of completely superfluous stuff that I gleefully hauled to the dumpster. (We also found some things that other people might want that we’ll list in the online shop in “craft lots”.)
Piles of stuff were spread all over the work tables and the floor, so it was definitely a things-look-worse-before-they-look-better situation. Kriste continued with the bin-fetching and sorting into piles while I picked through the piles to purge and put the things I wanted to keep in their new home.
By the time it was all finished, we had about ten empty bins, the remaining bins were organized and put back in the closet, and the rest was neatly put away in my new work area.
So, enough about the process. Here’s my little creative corner…
I used Hemp Oil on the top and drawer handles, though, to bring out the richness of the wood.
It is such a great work surface and provides loads of storage. With all of the purging, though, most of the drawers are pretty sparsely populated. It’s funny, I like nice storage pieces, but I would prefer to have them mostly empty! Anyone else like that or am I alone in my craziness?!
The slide-out work surfaces are pretty awesome and they look even better now that they have been hydrated with some Hemp Oil.
I’m sure you noticed I found a spot for the pine cupboard!
I was using a smaller cabinet, but the scale looked odd next to the desk and the depth of it wasn’t very functional. It wouldn’t fit some of the larger pieces I wanted to store, like canvases, my light pad, archival boxes, etc. I scooted this one over in one of those let’s-just-try-it moments and, when I stood back, I knew it was perfect. I was giddy as I loaded the lower cabinet and everything fit perfectly.
I put bottles, books, and some decorative pieces in the upper part of the hutch.
Did you notice my scissor art? I thought they filled that skinny wall space perfectly and were some of the fun surprises I found while sorting.
The art cabinet drawers and labeled and loaded with art supplies now.
Words cannot express how much I love this piece!
I still need to get some small bins to keep little items from shifting as the drawers are opened and closed. It is such an awesome cabinet, though, and everything fit in it so perfectly. I even have a few empty drawers in case I pick up any new artistic hobbies.
I worked in the space today and it was such a delight. A creative space needs to feel good, so it can foster creativity and productivity. This space is set up nicely to do both.
There’s still some more organizing and purging to do in the studio, but this was a huge accomplishment.
You can find more information on the pieces I used in my creative corner in the links below…