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For a long time, I thought my studio being messy was part of my creative process. In the beginning, organization wasn’t an issue for me; I was just a painter. At that time all I had were canvases and paints in a toolbox. Then my creativity branched out, and I began making jewelry and that needed storage. From jewelry, I then got into mixed media so now there was scrapbook paper, ephemera, embellishments and oh yeah tons and tons of stamps and stencils. Fast forward about five years, and I was sitting in a mess.

I would go into my studio after work to create and spend half my time trying to find what I needed for the project. Some disorganization is okay it helps you get inspiration but being able to find what you need quickly is critical when you’re creating on limited time.  That lightbulb moment is what led me to my 2018 studio makeover. I was off work for a week in December and barely touched my studio the clutter just drove me out so for 2018  I resolved to get cleaned up and organized. Two factors helped me. Factor one was knowing my development is having a community yard sale. I know I want a new camera for filming my videos, so that gave me the push to start purge and sell items at the yard sale. Factor two was organization, and IKEA was having a sale on their bookcases. Fast forward a month of spending weekends purging, and I was finally able to get my studio organized, and it is wonderful. It was hard, I love to hoard my craft supplies, but I realized I don’t need 30 packets of scrapbook paper, I’ll never get thru it all. I also had bead supplies I hadn’t touched in years, and they just weren’t me anymore. So if you are living in the chaos I was, look for something to help push you. The yardsale to earn money from my supplies was a big help.

I still have more to do next year in getting my desk area setup better, but the new bookcases made a world of difference. I can now go in and pull out what I need, and I make sure I put it back. A smaller work table helps keep me in line as I can’t have too much clutter or I have no place to work!.

Here are some tips from my experience:
1. Save and invest in some good shelving systems that will work for you. (It will help keep you organized) These are what I got:  Ikea Billy Bookcase
2. Don’t buy storage containers for items until you are done purging. You may get more than you need. I found shoe boxes were great temporary storage while I wait and old cardboard boxes.
3. Live with temporary storage containers. Get things grouped and in their places, then live with it for a few months. You can save up for better containers and won’t waste on things that don’t work.
4. Invest in a label maker. Visual cues help so much in staying organized.
5. Set limit’s. Pick a shelf for a supply and when it’s filled the rest goes to yardsale or donation (It’s hard, but it helps)
6.  Do a little at a time. Pick a section at a time an hour or so a night. It will help keep you from getting overwhelmed, and you won’t be tired and keep more than you meant to.

I hope these little tips from my experience help! Below are some of the before and after shots.

BEFORE:

            

IN PROGRESS:

   

AFTER:

                     

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