Gremlins on the Loose!
I have a small den that has been turned into my studio over the years. Up until about a month ago I had three tables, two paper racks, three bookcases, an antique desk, a cedar chest and my computer desk all in this small room. I had things hid underneath tables and shoved into every corner of the room. When I scrapped my space was limited and I did not even know where to put things away when I was finished. So, I figured it was time.
The first of the year is a great time to get organizational supplies. Michael’s had their white organizational units on 50% off for several weeks. One week it was 20% off the 50%. I brought friends! LOL
Ikea is another great place for organizational idea and items. I would love to go back soon for a few little items I did not pick up the last time. “Danger Will Robinson!!”
Where did I start? A scrapbook yard sale. I coordinated a scrapbook yard sale and began to thin out my stash. It was an impossible task at the time. I set some rules for myself that were not ridged, but help me guide myself in the process.
My Rules for Clearing out the Gremlins
Paper: why did I buy it, where will I use it, and how long ago was this plan!
Tools: do I use it at all? How long since I used the tool, over a year ago.
Embellishments: If I haven’t used them in a year then I needed to seriously consider whether or not I really would use them.
Stamps: What was I thinking when I bought so many stamps? Have I used them at all? Will I use them at all? Have I purchased something very similar to the point I can sell one set?
Packaging: Is it necessary for what you have? Packaging takes up a lot of room (This is a tip from Wendy Vecchi).
These are photos of my process over several days of taking everything out and thinning my stash.
As I was trying to go through everything a great friend and fellow artist gave me the most helpful piece of advice: “clear out the room.” She wanted me to take everything I could out of the room. Map out what I wanted to do. Then put back what and where I wanted to. She’s nuts by the way! LOL Go back to what I told you was in my room. Everything except the computer desk went to the living room, hallways, dinning room and spare room. And it was that way for at least 2 or 3 weeks while I worked on what I really wanted in my studio.
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Guest Blogging spot here at Debby's Dare to tell your Story of Gremlins on the Loose!
If you participate leave a comment here when you have completed Assignment 1 and 2.
Assignment Number One: Set your rules for what you want to keep or donate/sale etc.
Assignment Number Two: what is your goal for your space? Mine was organization, light, and inspiration.
I’m giving you a week to think about it before the Spring-cleaning begins! It’s hard, hard, hard. But we have to beat back the disorganization, uninspiring Gremlins.
1. God’s grace in our decisions
2. snow, again in March
3. Tabitha’s wedding as it is so much fun
4. love for art
5. God’s love for me, undeserved