Just like everyone else this time of year I am working on my New Years Resolutions. Lose the rest of my baby weight, learn to crochet more than a scarf and cleaning my studio are all on the list amoung others. Actually the one about the studio is at the very top of my list. I have never been one to keep my crafting space clean. You have probably heard me talking down my nose about crafters with meticulously organized and clean craft spaces. However, with the arrival of Tallulah last year my studio has gotten out of control messy. Possibly the worst it has ever been. To the point where I feel stifled in my creativity from the clutter and can't find anything. That being the case I am determined to start 2010 off with a clean and organized craft space. I'm not saying it will stay that way long, but at least it will get a good scrub down to start.
Let me catch you up to speed on my studio. Naughty Secretary Club headquarters used to be in the master bedroom of my house. Pick up a copy of Handmade Nation to see the old digs in it's full glory. True story: I refused to be interviewed in my studio for the Handmade Nation documentary because it was so messy, boy do I regret that now. Eventually I converted my 2 car garage into my new studio. You can see the before and after pictures here.
If you can believe it these pictures were taken a few months ago and the studio looks even worse as I type. Now there are Christmas decorations, lamp shades and displays from various holiday craft shows that need to be put away in the attic.
At this point you are probably thinking to yourself, why in God's name is she showing anyone this hell hole? Well I'll tell you. I have decided through the month of January I will give you the readers a weekly pictorial update on my progress. That way if you are watching I will be pressured to really get things picked up and organized. I'm also planning on posting pictures again in June so you can get a 6 month update.
The reason why it might take me a month to clean my studio is le' bebe has wittled her nap time down to a mere 2 hours a day and my last hope at an assistant (AKA my sister) has long since quit coming for the most part. Most naps I have to put together orders, get the house picked up and answer work emails. Cleaning my studio has fallen to the wayside. It's not like I can bring Tallulah into the studio with me it's choking hazard central in here. Although I suppose I could set up a play pen if there were enough clear space which at this point there is not.
In the meantime I am asking for any and all organizational advice. How do you keep your craft space clean? I can hear my dad lecturing me about cleaning my room as a child "A place for everything and everything in it's place". Wish me luck and I'll be back next week with hopefully some cleaner pictures.