This was looooooooong overdue. Jeff and I built this closet in my studio in the spring of 2019 and I just threw everything in. It was a busy season and when things are behind closed doors, I can let them slide for a while. It was getting out of control, though. There was an avalanche of frames and photography gear just about every time I opened the doors. I would growl, get what I needed, and close the doors as quickly as possible. It’s not how I envisioned using this closet. This was supposed to give me thoughtful, organized storage for the bulky gear needed for certain aspects of my business. Instead, it was something I would give the stinkeye when I viewed it from my desk.
When a storage solution turns into that, it’s really time to address it and I knew it wouldn’t take much time or effort. It wasn’t a stuff issue. I didn’t have to sort for hours and agonize over what to keep or what to let go. I just needed better, smarter, more functional organization for what was there.
I took everything out of the closet, so I could start fresh. I knew I needed to get some things up off the floor, so I purchased a few oversized garage hooks to mount on the back wall. This would give me a place to hang frames, bags, and even tripods and light stands. Since the wall is wood planking, I was able to insert the screws directly into the wall. If you’re mounting something like this on drywall, I would suggest using anchors or mounting the hooks into a stud.
Getting the frames off the floor was huge. No more avalanche and the frames would be better protected from dings and dents.
I organized my “watercolor & sketching cart” that I can roll out when I’m working on my drafting table as well…
And tidied up everything else. A huge portion of the middle shelf is completely empty, so there is room to expand if and when I need to.
I just love empty space in closets and drawers! Anyone else? A packed closet stresses me out. I like having some room for things to breathe and for me to see it all easily.
I also took some time to reorganize my oil painting cart. It was a jumble of resource books, bottles of oils and solvents, sketchbooks, etc. Adding an antique locker basket helped to contain the sketchbooks, color charts, and resource photos, and I thinned out the supplies I wasn’t using regularly enough to keep them on the cart.
It’s a little thing, but I did some painting last week and it made a huge difference. I could easily find and access everything, making painting even more enjoyable, because I wasn’t fighting with my workspace.
These areas in the studio have been on the top of my organizing to-do list for a while, so it feels good to get them done. I have a lot more organizing to do through January, so I’m going to try to set aside some time each week to tackle different areas.
Are you using doing some organizing this winter, too?