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27Jun/10Off

Cleaning Up

Not sure what it is, but it seems spring cleaning has come a bit late, as everyone seems ready to clean up their studio spaces. Nothing like the first 100+ degree day to get me inspired to spend 5+ hours cleaning my own disaster space.

My craft space ranges from unusable to disaster zone on most days. Lately it has been stuck in disaster zone after a few back to back craft shows. It seems that no matter how much time I spend cleaning the space, it always gets messy faster than I can keep up. Nothing like a messy room to ruin all creativity.

I am ashamed to show how bad it got, as often times I see people post their "before" photos and they look better than my "after" photos. But I wanted to show the transformation.

Before:

Very messy studio

Very messy table top of my studio

Very messy floor of my studio

Very messy floor of my studio

After:

The first major change that I made was to move my laptop and printer off to a side cabinet freeing up a ton of space on my desk. I also got some assistance from my boyfriend in hanging some long overdue artwork. The piece here is a beautiful photograph taken by Richard F. Gaston.

The desk looks a whole lot nicer now, and I also have more space available on my humongous cork board. I hope to start using this more now, although I am not sure how yet. So far I added a few pegs to hold my sizzors, ruler, and thread. I thought that this was a good start. I also hung one of my Grandmas drawings above my table.

Much cleaner table plus a drawing of my Grandma's

A nice space for some of my tools

Now that it is all clean, I hope to get back to being creative, although I know it will just get messy again...just hopefully not as bad!

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  1. I give it… one week and then its back to what it was before :P

  2. I don’t feel so bad. I thought I was the only one to have a studio in disaster mode!

  3. This kind of looks like my workspace… I’ve been meaning to clean but… that takes time! I’m working on it though. Baby steps, lol.


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