Don't laugh but I'm a little afraid to work in my studio today. Have you ever organized something to the point where you're afraid to move or even breath?
My studio is CRAZY organized right now. I was watching Restaurant Impossible last week (for some reason we're hooked on that and Chopped in my house.) They go into failing restaurants, fix the problems, and re-open. One of the issues they're always fixing is poor kitchen layout. It finally hit me that I needed to launch a Studio Impossible project because my layout was a disaster.
I didn't take "before" photos. Not that I didn't think of it; I just couldn't bear to preserve that nightmare. But I have some "after" photos for you.
The first photo shows an older workbench that I made myself. Don't be too impressed because my husband Kevin had to reinforce it later. It's kind of a semi-dedicated flexshaft station now rather than a free-for-all. (A flexshaft is a power tool with a gazillion uses and attachments.)
Notice all the open floor space. Take my word for it; that's new.
The main problem was the mix of tools with paperwork, photography, and laptop all in the same room. I decided to move everything OUT that isn't specifically used for art creation. Because three of my four girls are grown up and out of the house, I had another under-utilized bedroom. I moved anything related to office, business, photography, or show/display to that room, where it fits nicely (sorry, guests, it's going to be a bit cramped in there.)
Then I bought a sweet 6' wooden work bench from Harbor Freight. Thanks Sam, Kathy, and Kevin for helping me put that together. If you need a bench, look at this one http://www.harborfreight.com/60-inch-workbench-93454.html . It would be a steal for its regular $229 price but I had a coupon to make it $149. It's so gorgeous I almost hate to hammer on it and scuff it up.
My daughter Lindsay should note the presence of a new grease board to track my projects, as per her advice -- empty right now because I forgot to buy markers, but soon it will help preserve my sanity. Lindsay, by the way, has always been my organizer when things got crazy. She will be so proud of me :-)
I do have before and after photos of a broken lamp because it was a stroke of genius ;-)
A couple more messes-turned-organized...
So now the question is when will I bring myself to disturb this little haven of organization? And even more to the point, will I put my tools away?
Sue Lacy Wired
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