Marty laughs and says that I LOVE organizing! He’s right. But, my lens for organizing has changed drastically. I used to move, organize and reorganize the “stuff”. Ya know, the stuff I “might” use someday or the projects that I “might” make. But, as an artist…I NEVER EVER do that. I tend to create what is in the moment. What makes sense for my creative soul at the time. Like right now, I have been flip flopping between my art journal and scrapbooking. On January 1st, I will take the plunge and start Project Life. So, you see…I never go back and make those “maybe” projects.
With that in mind, I have been off from school for the holidays and I have been a PURGING machine. I have taken garbage bags (yes, plural) of nonsense out of my studio. I even organized my Prima flowers! If I look at something and think “maybe”…it goes! It has been such a liberating (and very time-consuming) process but I know exactly where everything is. How freeing is that?!
Now, am I done?! nope! I have some small areas to tackle and one HUGE closet that tends to be the dumping ground. I can’t wait to get in there and clear out the “maybe” stuff and the swaps from different groups that are just in there taking up real estate. I keep things from others that are significant in someway. But, honesty, how many Convention Swaps does a girl need in her closet? (you know what I am talking about if you have followed me for a bit)
My first battle of this big war was this shelf! I know many of you have one. This whole purge started with looking at all of the FLOCK-yes, bottles & bottles of the fuzzy crap. Most never used. I used to rearrange it by color but now…it is far, far away. Gone. From there, I opened Pandora’s Box and started organizing this shelf with all of the things that I use and love…
I like to have my supplies by type and then by colors. So, all of the alcohol inks together and all of the glitters together…you get the idea.
Here is the beginning of what I cleared off of that shelf. BYE BYE!
This box of yummy glitters and embossing powders was stashed away. It was barely used. Why?! I had no desire to dig through it. I don’t operate like that!
But now…here is the finished product! ALL things I love and will use. I can find everything. Look how it sparkles and shines! Now, instead of being distracted by FLOCK…I am distracted by the beauty of everything on that shelf.