August 11

What Works For You

Posted by lori . 8 Comments


It all started with me cleaning up my studio closet…I’ve been working in my studio this week which means I’ve been spending time in the land of depression and self-loathing.  My studio is less a studio and more a dumping ground.  I know a big part of my problem is lack of focus, so I have some questions for you:

1.  Where do you work (write, paint, sew, scrap, etc.) and why does it work for you?

2.  If your space doesn’t work for you, why do you think that is?

3.  What are your best storage ideas or products that make your creative work easier?

4.  Have you read any books that helped you in your creative life?  I learn best through reading, so I’m always interested in a helpful book.

5.  Any other words of wisdom?

So, here I go again…another clear-out/refining of my studio.

Daily Inspiration


To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Thomas A. Edison

About the photo (taken on August 11)…This quote made me laugh, since I’m currently digging through all my “junk” and trying to organize it into a working studio space.  Piles of junk…I have those.

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8 Responses to " What Works For You"

  • Patty says:

    I’m not the person to ask since I’m living in a RV. LOL You should see all the cords for my electronics. Drives me crazy! I wish I could figure out how to organize them. I have cords for laptop, tablet, phone, Mi-Fi, GPS, and camera and then I have four remotes for the TV. It’s nuts!

  • houndstooth says:

    My “work” is divided into two spaces, and each serves a specific purpose. Upstairs is my creative photography space where I can set up my makeshift studio and let my eye create. It’s in the attic and I’ve done a lot of work to make that space my own. I’m going to be organizing my props some, and it also was a great scrapbook space back when I did that.

    My “writing” space is in a corner of the living room. The laptop has its own stand and I have a little table that holds certain things that I need. I do my blog writing and reading there. I need to be surrounded by the bustle of family life when I’m doing that. Bunny or Blueberry lays on the couch with me, Morgan lays on the floor beside me in between patrols and Kuster comes by from time to time in hopes that I’ll throw his slimy tennis ball. I can chat with my husband and run ideas by him. It’s not something I do in isolation, even though it’s possible that it would be easier if I did. lol

    I find that for me to be successful with being organized, the things I use for organization need to be aesthetically pleasing to me. If things are just plain and utilitarian, I’m not satisfied with the outcome and that will bother me until it’s sorted out. It becomes a terribly distracting sticking point for me. I guess it’s because I get an idea in my head about how I want it to be and I can’t rectify it.

  • Sue says:

    1. I have a desk in the corner of my living. Has to work, as I don’t have anywhere else.

    2. As with above, I have to make it work, as I haven’t anywhere else, but more room would be nice.

    3. Storage boxes, jars, tubs, baskets are all in use. I have found ice cream cartons are good for storage.

    4. Nope, not read any books. I have looked at other blogs for inspiration.

    5. Whatever space you make, you’ll always need more:)

  • I’m definitely not the one to ask…. but good luck! 🙂

  • SInce my work is photography and it goes where ever I do, I’m no help! I don’t really read photography books for inspiration; I check out other blogs
    Nola’s Mom

  • Penelope says:

    I paint, embroider, bead, and blog in the living room. I try to clean up before and during projects, but that does not happen all the time. I store my “stuff” downstairs, in what I lovingly call the “Book” room!
    Nellie’s Mom

  • Sue Taylor says:

    Love the before and after shots of your studio closet!

    I share the study with hubby and have a desk, next to it are two printers and then a I have 3 shelves, so doesn’t work for me as I would love to have my equipment out ready to hand, plans are a foot to convert half the double garage into a craft room for me when time and money allows until then I make do. Clear storage boxes are great as you can see what’s stored inside!

    Sue x

  • In England, unless you are well off, you live in these tiny gnome-like houses with no storage space. My craft stuff looks like an explosion some days, haha.
    Lynne x

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