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I actually get to show off my studio today! We are having a resin play day in my studio. This is one of the many rewards of taking the time to actually clean up a bead cave – you can have friends over without dying of embarrassment.
So what made me snap and decide to clean up my bead mess, that looked like this just two weeks ago?
You are seeing the picture right? Is there really any question as to why? I am one of those create-in-the-clutter kind of gals. But it wasn’t working for me any longer. I was losing things, buying things over that I already had and for crying out loud there are only so many places one can pile things.
I had to have incentives:
1. I wanted to create a more inspiring space.
2. I had company coming to stay and this doubles as the guest room.
3. I promised myself to submit my photos to Studios magazine when it was done.
How did I do it?
1. Cried and complained.
2. Worked one corner at a time.
3. Threw away, gave away and packed away the clutter.
4. Cried and complained.
5. Told people what I was doing so I couldn’t just stop.
6. Stopped crying and complaining and just plowed through until the room was done. It took about a week to organize 5 years of clutter and beady mess.
What is the most important part of my studio makeover? It was organizing my room so that I can work more productively.
1. Everything I need and use on a daily basis is within arms reach.
2. Everything is clearly labeled and has a place.
3. It’s super easy to pick things up as soon as I’m done.
4. I have many trays that can stack up to hold projects that are in progress.
Is it working? Yep, a week later and I’m still picking up as soon as I finish a project. The table is clear and ready for the next round. I’ve made jewelry and beads all week and had company. What do you know – old dogs can learn new tricks or is it that wild beads can be tamed?
What is one thing in your creative space that you can not live without? Leave a comment for a chance to win a grab bag from my Etsy shop.
Written by Heather Powers, www.humblebeads.com.