I hope this post doesn't come off as know-it-all bragadociousness. It's just that it has taken me a whole lot of years to figure this thing called organization out and I feel the need to share!
Since recently completing a creative space makeover I have discovered firsthand how powerful a well organized space can be. It becomes not only a place to display and organize supplies, collections
but more importantly becomes a quiet, pleasing retreat where we can go for inspiration and reflection.
I could find inspiration and serenity in organization!! (Yes, two explanation points!)! = )
Organizing a workspace is such a personal thing. Some of us want to see everything out in full view
while others want the tranquility of an uncluttered space with supplies neatly tucked away behind closed doors and well labeled drawers.
Some, like me, find inspiration from a combination of both. Whatever the preference, a creative studio should inspire us. It should be a place where when we walk though it's door it says, Welcome. What shall we create today?
I have long been a fan of Where Women Create.
I bought Jo Packham's first book in 2005 and remember how I felt as I perused its pages; soaking up inspiration from every artisan. I remember the relief I felt when I discovered I wasn't the only crafting/fabric pack rat out there. What I also discovered was that I needed to organize my space better so that when I walked in I'd feel inspired instead of overwhelmed.
I have a friend who calls her studio her Happy Place. I humbly suggest that if you don't get that warm and fuzzy feeling when you walk into your creative place that you do something about it.
It can be life changing!
We preordered Jo's new book at market in May and it finally arrived on Friday. What an inspiration!
Nearly 180 pages of great organizing ideas (mostly pictures) by over 50 outstanding artisans - jewelry makers, quilt makers, painters, knitters, scrapbookers. It doesn't matter what we make, we all seem to have a lot of stuff and this book shows us creative, often inexpensive ways to organize it.
No matter if you're sewing in a converted dining room, garage, spare bedroom or free standing studio I think you will find inspiration here.
I encourage you to join me in getting organized!