It is said that if you tell a lie, you have to 20 more in order to cover it up, then it just becomes a mess?
Well, my basement studio is in a similar boat.
In the last 8 + years it since we have been in our house the basement that I have claimed for my business has gone from clay bead production area to jewelry making supplies hoarding area with a side of holiday decoration storage.
And I've been moving and patching things up down there for years
and it was time that I finally said ENOUGH!
I cannot function even in a tunnel vision mentality to only look at my desk space
because there was just not enough room to do even the simplest things.
The lie has to stop!
And by lie, I really mean, those little patches of sorting and organizing.
It just was no longer working and my creativity is suffering greatly!
So it all got cleared.
ALL OF IT!
I have been snapping pictures of the clearing and rearranging as I remember.
Luckily with my small clean-ups and organizing through the years, most of my supplies are in smaller containers - or in areas where I can put them into a small container then sort later.
And I have a lot of shelving that I have purchased for storing so many things.
But is is all just patched into the space as it was bought.
What a lie to build upon!!!
Not only to myself, my space, but to anyone that has had to walk down there to find anything!
All of the holiday supplies are now in the back and up high where we have quick access.
The shelves are put back in the back corners to function as shelves and not catch alls.
Good scrap carpet is put down where I will design and "work".
The planned torching area is in the clay studio space where there is no carpet.
With experience and frustration, everything is finding its place now.
Crafting items are no longer separated into small "one day I want to use them" spaces
but rather into "I need to use that and I know exactly where it is" spaces.
And yes - it looks horrible during the in-between stages - extra tables set up to catch all.
Shelves in weird spaces to act as a holding place.
But it is SO worth it.
And a huge benefit to this purging and rearranging?
We may actually get to use the designated 1/4 of the basement for our family wreck room area.
Since the older cat is no longer with us (and all that smelly stuff that goes with caring for older cats) we will be able to get that room finished.
I can have my foam floor pads for the studio again.
They are serving as temporary flooring in between ripping out the old cat used carpet and a new one.
And we can have bean bag chairs, a small couch, and the family games and kid toys can go in there.
We can put out the really nice gaming card table I got my husband years ago (functions for "poker" related games, table top games or for a beading night!).
So far it has been 4 very long and tiring days working on this move
and there are more days to go.
It feels great to have the space, and all the resources here with me.
No extra money has been spent at all because it is all here.
And I appreciate my Aunt Julie coming down to the studio space on Christmas Day and taking a look at my area and giving me some insight about how to arrange it to get rid of the clutter.
And to my good friend Jenny Davies-Reazor who will be coming over and helping me with the layout and flow of the functioning areas for torches, enameling, jewelry bench, etc.
I was just so overwhelmed I could not even function.
It was creeping into my everything - slowly like a virus just taking over…
Are you organizing, cleaning or purging your studio space?
Would you be interested in a blog hop for sharing your progress?
I'm fiddling with ideas for a blog hop here through LMAJ…
And no worries about your space not looking like a magazine spread.
I know mine will never be at that point in this house where we are now and I am ok with that.
It's about functionality and flow for me.