Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Will I ever...

...have a clean studio?? Martha Stewart needs to come to my house. She can tackle my closets while she's at it. But that's another blog posting. A very lllllooonnnnggg posting. Here is Martha's studio. Do you think she uses it?! photos from MarthaStewart.comIt seems I do nothing but clean my studio. It never lasts for more than a day before I've messed it all up again with my projects. Papers everywhere, missing my bonefolder, glue stuck to the table, containers meant to keep things together open with their contents strewn across the table...

My studio is long and narrow with short walls like Martha's in the first picture, but not as wide. I have a table I used as an island in my former house, but when I tried it in my new house I kept falling over it. I get injured enough as it is without setting up obstacles for myself.

I've blogged about my studio before and posted photos. Some of you said my studio looked neat and organized but that was just for the photos! Ha ha ha! It never stays that way. If I were to photograph it right now you'd see!
I love all the drawers. They're shallow, just the size for small art supplies. The paper organizers are nice also, but I would need about 35 of them for all my paper!
Just look at all her little glitter jars all lined up so you can see what color they are. I have my glitter and embossing powders in a small stationary organizer with drawers. I am forever opening the wrong drawer and picking up every jar in it to find what I'm looking for. And the sad thing is I even have the names of the colors written on the caps. Obviously that doesn't help me much.

But seriously, look at all that wasted space in the sharps drawer! All those scissors could fit in one compartment and the others could be filled with something else. It is exactly that kind of thinking that has gotten me disorganized. I can't find anything for all the *things* in the drawer.
I've always wanted to keep my ribbon in a little box for easy dispensing, but the trouble is I have too many spools, they're all different sizes and wouldn't fit neatly into the same box. I do have cute little jars like these pictured but I have nowhere to display them because every flat surface is cluttered with something already.

It is beginning to sound like I need to downsize and reduce. I have accomplished that in much of the rest of my house. However, I refuse to budge when it comes to art supplies. I am a packrat and a hoarder, I admit it. You never know when a project might call for an old candy wrapper, a shamrock green bamboo twig, or a torn page out of an Agatha Christie mystery. These are just a few of my treasures stashed away. If I could just remember where I put them...

In the time I have spent drooling over Martha's organized space I could have cleaned out my art cabinet. Sigh. I just need some inspiration. Maybe these photos will help me aspire to be more organized. Or more likely, I'll continue to drool over them until I get cross eyed and sleepy. Then I'll just go to bed, dream about having Martha over and my studio will still be a mess in the morning.

4 comments:

MooreMagnets said...

Ah yes, I have organizational envy too! Seems that I never seem to have time at the end of the day to put everything back in its place. I am always getting sidetracked with dinner, the computer, a boy or husband in need of attention. Maybe one day I will either get rid of everything and not need organization, or discover that sleep is no longer a necessity! Okay, so maybe it won't happen! LOL

Ruth of Allover Art said...

Comb that place for fingerprints; I bet there are none. There's no way anyone works in there.

Rhonda said...

haha, that's amazing! as wonderful as that looks, i couldn't work in that space; it is too clean and tidy and I'd be worried about ruining it. I have to use old furniture in my studio so that I'm not scared to (ab)use it!

UberArt said...

Good point Rhonda, I think I'm inclined to agree. I'd be afraid to mess up that studio also.

I have a beautiful old cherry dining room table for my desk, but it was ruined at some point in it's life by an aspiring woodworker who tried to alter it with some alien parts.

It needs a good sanding also, so I don't worry about getting paint or glue on it. But it does bother me when my craft knife slips and I cut the table by mistake. I try to rub it out with my finger (???) like I have magic sandpaper fingers or something!

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