November 20

Creative Space – After (Part 9)

Posted by lori . 11 Comments


Just a quick “check-in” on my creative space.  You’ll notice a new table in the corner, and now the shelves need to move.  I think I’ll but them on the other side of the window, over the table. 

In October, I worked hard on organizing my room to make sure I had a place for all my supplies  Having a specific place for things made it possible for me to keep the room relatively clutter-free…except for the desk area.  In an earlier post, I mentioned the book Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley has been very helpful to me as a recovering “hoarder.”  One of the things she describes in the book is a “Hot Spot.”  A Hot Spot is a place where as soon as you lay one thing on it, things begin to multiply and before you know it, the surface is covered.  Around my desk looks like a blazing Hot Spot. 

Here’s what I did:

1.  Bought a few pocket portfolios to keep projects I’m working on, my blog schedule and ideas, and notes I make and want to follow-up on.

2.  Cleaned out the desk drawers so I’d have room for my portfolios, notebook and paper.  I didn’t do this last month when I did the big organzing project.

3.  Got a basket for tossing things that don’t get put in their proper spot right away.  Then, I can see when I need to stop and do a little filing and organizing.

Here’s what I need to do:

1.  Go through all my notebooks and consolidate them.  I have more idea notebooks than is helpful.

2.  Play around with the location of my desk.  I don’t like to face the wall.  I’d like to see if I could face my desk toward the door.  That may have to wait until I get a new computer that doesn’t have 50 wires and cords.

3.  Get the printer off my desk.  Whenever I work on something, I have to put it on the floor because I don’t have any desk surface.

4.  Figure out what I want to put in place of the shelves I’m planning to move.  I’m thinking of a thread holder, a long-term planning calendar and some pockets for file folders, magazines, etc.

Art Every Day Month – Day 19

Box of Tiny Cards

Made by me under the careful supervision of my niece prior to Art Every Day Month

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11 Responses to " Creative Space – After (Part 9)"

  • Gwen says:

    I must have a whole house worth of hot spots. Your house is so tidy. I have a condition called ‘tidy house envy and reluctance to de-clutter syndrome,. Do you think there’s a cure?

    • lori says:

      Gwen…I love the name of your syndrome. Please keep in mind that it was one corner of my whole house, and I just got the table. Feel free to look back at some earlier posts if you want to see the “real” deal.

  • Kara says:

    Thank you for sharing the changes around your creative space. It is definitely something I am working on, how to organise everything so my space is easily kept clean. It is so satisfying and inspiring to have a blank canvas of clear space!
    Good luck with the further changes you are wanting to make =)

    • lori says:

      Kara…that is exactly what I’m striving for, “easily kept clean.” I need to keep those words in mind as I’m putting things together.

  • My desk hot spot is overloaded. This is a great reminder that creating space is very much part of the creative process.

    Your cards are lovely. I particularly like how they relate visually yet stand alone as designs.

  • Happy AEDM! talks about hot spots too!

  • houndstooth says:

    Bunny says that the dog bed addition to the room is a major improvement, and she insisted that I add that. I think all your ideas sound great. As I sit here looking at the pictures, I’m thinking to myself that I’d have the desk at an angle in the back corner of the room, but that wouldn’t be particularly attractive with a lot of cords showing…

    Boy do I know about hot spots! *looks at kitchen table and grumbles*

    I love the notecards!

  • Danielle says:

    Great job! I was blogging from my dining room table until I got my act into gear and cleared out the study. I share it with a not-so-tidy boyfriend, so it is still a work in progress – but having a designated space to work is much more productive.

  • I love this- the after picture is so satisfying!

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