Okay, full disclosure here… my art room – probably just like yours – turns into a hot mess at times. As creative individuals, we have, and use, a lot of stuff! This can be both a blessing and a curse. Creating art, using purchased items, as well as repurposing junk pieces, can be very rewarding. But if all the ‘stuff and things’ begin to pile up around us too much, we can start to feel very claustrophobic and that can literally kill creativity. I know that feeling all too well – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Organizing my supplies is the easiest way for me to keep track of everything. As you can see in the photo above, I do have a lot of things starting to pile up. Okay, they’re way past “starting” to pile up, LOL, but since I have a place for everything to go, it’s a pretty quick cleanup process. (Unless I find something interesting in the piles and sit down and start creating with it, LOL!) The simplest solution for me, is to use lots of Sterilite plastic drawer units that can be purchased easily, and a few at a time, if I don’t want to spend too much in one shopping trip. They can also easily be labeled, so that I know which supplies are in each drawer.
These particular drawers are directly to my left when I’m sitting at my work table. I keep some scraps in the top drawer, and the other three are holding projects that I’m currently working on. I can take everything out of a particular drawer to work on a project, and then when it’s time to clean up, it all goes back into its own drawer. If necessary, I will label the drawers with a sticky note instead of a more permanent label, since the things in these drawers change all the time.
Another very handy item I’ve been using since last year is a metal file organizer. Am I using it for files? Nope! This organizer sits directly to the right of my work table and very nicely holds the bigger items that I use on a regular basis. Honestly, I’m not sure how I managed so long without it!
It’s very frustrating to sit down to create and not be able to find something I need, and then have to spend all my creating time looking for that thing! So, last year, I made a decision to organize my supplies better and to be more consistent with putting things away when I’m finished using them. I am doing much better, but there are still times when I get really busy, and when that happens, I get a little behind in my cleanup duties. However, knowing that everything has a place to go, makes all the difference in the world, and cleaning up the mess is so much less stressful! And less stress equals having more fun creating.
It’s definitely a great feeling to come into my art room to create when it’s all cleaned up and everything (well, maybe not everything…) is in its proper place.
I want everyone to know that you’re not alone in the mess we all make, with all this stuff we collect to use in our creative lives. Organizing it can be a bit daunting, but it can be done, by tackling small areas/piles at a time, instead of looking at the room/area as a whole, and feeling completely overwhelmed. Keep a positive attitude and believe me when I tell you that as each area/pile gets organized, you will be motivated to get another one done, then another, and so on. Once the organizing process is finished, you’re all set for fun times creating, without the feeling of dread that comes along when stuff piles up around you, as it will do.
I have learned that it is so much easier to create when I know where to find and replace all of my supplies. My hope is that this post helps you to get yours organized too, so you will feel your creative mojo returning.
Thanks for stopping by,
10 thoughts on “So Much Stuff…”
This all looks soo familiar. I find that no matter how organised my ‘things’ are in my room, I still end up trying to work/create in about a six inch square space on my desk! This is because I have surrounded myself (even on the floor) with the appropriate drawer, box file, basket, glues, etc, but I do make sure it all gets cleared away before I go to bed – well mostly….. It’s a great idea every so often to go through some drawers and files to re-discover what has been tucked away for a while. I then challenge myself to make something using a ‘forgotten’ item – probably something that I just had to have way back when, ha! Ann x
So true, Ann. Rediscovering what we have tucked away is definitely a good idea! Thanks so much! 😊
Thank you so much Cat. I have been following you since 2015 and thanks to your wonderful posts, I have learned so much. I have come to realise how ever much creating space I have it will never be big enough, so your scraps series has been so helpful. I am now trying to create with images that speak to me as soon as I find them as hoarding images has led to more space being needed. A never ending cycle. I am also looking at the work I created right at the beginning of my creative journey in 2015 and repurposing and adding to them, something I never thought I would be able to do. By taking a photo before I alter/add to them, I have the pleasure of the memory of creating the first piece and the satisfaction of seeing the improvement I have made over the years. I am now much more satisfied with the pieces I have created. I am so delighted to see how your following has grown over the years. What an achievement and you still manage to bring fresh ideas to delight us all.
All good wishes
Barbara Every (from Newark England)
That’s a great idea, Barbara! It is good to look back and see how far we have come, and having photos of the originals gives us permission to update and improve on them! Thanks so much for your input and for your sweet comments. I really appreciate them. 🙂
Your post twas so surprising to me. When watching your videos I am always amazed at how neat and tidy your work area is. Now I know the real story. Hahaha. You have a nice crafting area. Thanks for the cleaning inspiration
LOL, well, the space where I film IS neat and tidy, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to create very well. When I’m filming a video, what you see is approximately an 18×24 inch space, so you’re not really seeing my entire work area. As with all creative ventures, there’s gonna be some mess and cleanup involved, and I’m definitely no exception! Thanks for stopping by! 😊
I share my workspaces with my own home, but there is only me to concern said “making” with…one of the spaces is in the semi not-great shed, which at least leaves other spaces clear/n 🙂
Sounds like a good creating situation! Thanks for visiting and commenting! 😊
just want to say thanks for all you’ve taught me about your art. I love all of your art work and enjoy your videos so much. Feel like I know you. Marge
What a lovely message, Marge! I truly enjoy sharing my art and it’s very rewarding to know that it is appreciated. Thank you so much! I hope you have a great day. 😊😊😊