Welcome to week four of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace challenge. Guess what, y’all! This is it. You know that, right? This is the last week of thinking and the first week of doing.
This week, we’re going to make a huge decision and we’re also going to lay out our creative spaces. We want to have a definite plan before we move forward.
Are you with me?
It’s time to decide what we’re going to do with all the supplies we’ve taken the time to sort. Take a few minutes to read through this blog post from My Love Affair With The Label Maker about starting small or going for broke. It totally supports a lot of what I said in last week’s Creating Workspaces post. On a related note, Stacy also wrote a bonus post for overhaulers that you might want to read as well.
Alright, let’s talk logistics for a minute.
If you’re one of the starting over people and you choose to empty your entire creative space, that’s the time to paint, replace flooring, etc. This is why I asked you the questions I did in week one. I wanted you to think about these things then. At the very least, wipe everything off, clean the windows, and run the vacuum.
If you’re one of the starting from scratch people, I’m making the assumption that you’ve already done this, but this is my warning to you. I spent hours cleaning my entire brand-spankin’-new studio before I even put my gray herringbone rug on the floor. I’ve literally wiped off every single thing I’ve brought into my new space too.
So, here’s your final warning: If you’re one of the starting over or starting from scratch people, the time to paint, replace flooring, and clean is when your creative space is as empty as possible. Got it?
Y’all, we’re movin’ on. Can you believe it?
There’s one more thing I want to talk about this week and that’s shopping. If you’re one of the people who have mentioned being overwhelmed and paralyzed by your supplies, you might want to consider cooling it for a while. It might make sense for you to go on a little self-imposed spending freeze and/or create a budget and stick with it.
If your input constantly exceeds your output, then you seriously need to break that cycle. And the sooner, the better. I did something similar when I was pregnant with the little guy. If you remember, I gave him my space, which meant I packed most of my supplies away. Yep. They ended up scattered all over the house and that was definitely a wake-up call for me. I had entirely too much stuff and I still do, but at least I’m not adding to it anymore. You can read more in my planning a creative budget post, but for the most part, I’ve managed to stick to buying only necessities.
Think about it. How much can you reasonably use each month? If you’re subscribing to a kit club, are you actually using it before you get the next one? Are you always buying something? If you’re constantly bringing things into your workspace, you’ll never actually see any progress when it comes to organizing. You need to find a balance.
Don’t forget to print the 52 Weeks Printable Week 4 and sketch out your creative space. Use your 52 Weeks binder and your inspiration board along with your to-do list from last week. Don’t forget to add each of your workspaces.
Here’s your homework for this week. You have two assignments.
- Using your 52 Weeks binder and your inspiration board along with your to-do list from last week, sketch out your creative space.
- Think about your input versus your output and whether or not it might make sense for you to go on a little self-imposed spending freeze and/or create a budget and stick with it.
Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces. And if you’re interested in a free weekly to-do list printable, here’s a link to the 52 Weeks Workflow Weekly To-Do List that I’ve been using.
Just to review, here’s your to-do list for this week.
1. Answer the question of the week.
2. Make a decision about starting small or going for broke.
3. Print the 52 Weeks Printable Week 4 and sketch out your creative space.
4. Think about your input versus your output and whether or not it might make sense for you to go on a little self-imposed spending freeze and/or create a budget and stick with it.
Also, if you missed it, here are the links to the Creating Workspaces mini-series for those of us who are starting over or starting from scratch.
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part I
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part II
Remember to leave a comment and share your thoughts on budgeting.
Thanks so much for visiting. See you next week!