After all, who else would spend the better part of a sunny Saturday to help me organize my studio. Now, many, many… many people would consider me anal-retentive (a-r) – and they would be right, but when working with my own area that had gotten so out-of-control, I was having trouble getting started.
Enter my friend, Jeff, who is equally (if not more) a-r than I am — and that is really saying something. Also good is that he asks the tough questions, and gets me to toss those items which I will probably never use.
Before my friend arrived, I took a trek to the local Dollar Tree and purchased 30 shoe box size storage boxes. As it was pointed out, if everything is in like-size containers, the space is less distracting, and because these items stack, he mentioned that I probably wouldn’t need all the “extra” furniture (all given to me) to store items and I would have more space to actually move around and work – even with the 30+ plants I also have living in that space right now.
Much of my junk was already in white wash bins – which were a great size, but were too deep for the large bookcases I had in the studio because of the width, if they hung off the front I could only get two on a shelf with a lot of wasted shelf space. I had put a simple shelving system on the wood wall, but doing that on the remaining brick walls was not really an option. These bins stayed for the larger items and for those items or which I had a large quantity.
About half-way into the labeling I ran out of labeling tape for my machine (because how can one adequately be a-r if we don’t have a label on everything). I will take care of all of that soon.
Grant it, after many hours the space is still not totally cleaned and organized. I have to stop and get another 10+ boxes, label tape for the machine, put the items for the garage sale into my garage, move the stack off stuff which goes to my art storage room (which is also where I mat and frame my encaustic works), and sweep and vacuum the floor. But, I have a work surface, I have pretty boxes – many stacked and labeled, I have cleaned out a china cabinet I had been using, which I no longer need, so I can get that large piece of furniture out of the space.
When my friend left, he took 6 bags of junk to dump in his dumpster so I could get it out of my garage (which has got to be the next space to be cleaned and organized). I felt ok about the stuff going to his dumpster – since, after less than an hour sitting outside his condo waiting for him one day, I have discovered that his dumpster seems to have 24-hour dumpster divers – and if there is anything in the bags that someone could use – it will get used!
So, I am a few steps closer to beginning 2008 with a clean house… let’s see if I can finish it before the ball drops!