How are you doing with creating workspaces? Have you managed to sort all of your supplies? Did you do some ruthless purging while you were at it?
If you’re one of the starting over/starting from scratch people, you may or may not have already started working on this. If you did, you probably have quite a few Tupperware containers or if you’re anything like me, quite a few piles, of supplies hanging out in your creative space.
And I’m sure you’re probably thinking one of two things right now. This woman is insane. If that’s the case, no worries. My husband would most likely agree with you. Lol… Or maybe you’re wondering what to do next, which just happens to be an awesome question.
I’m glad you asked, my friend.
At this point, we’re going to spend some time laying out our creative spaces, which is what we’re going to be working on next week. After that, it’s time to take a good, hard look at your supplies one week, one challenge, and one category at a time. Over the course of the next 48 weeks, you’ll work through deciding exactly what to do with all the supplies you’ve taken the time to sort.
Are you familiar with the PROCESS acronym?
P – Plan – Plan your project, which is what we’ve been doing these first few weeks.
R – Remove – You know the Creating Workspaces mini-series we’ve been doing? Yep.
O – Organize – This is the whole like goes with like thing that we’ve been working on.
C – Containerize – The goal of the next 48 weeks is to get everything into containers.
E – Evaluate – Are the changes you’re making in your creative space working for you?
S – Solve – Make sure you take the time to deal with workflow issues as they arise.
S – Systematize – Org Junkie says “Smile,” but let’s also work to maintain our systems.
How bout that? There really is some rhyme to my reason.
If you’re starting to feel slightly overwhelmed, that’s okay. Take a few deep breaths, print the 52 Weeks Printable Whats In It For Me worksheet, and write down all the benefits you can think of to organizing your creative space once and for all. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- You won’t waste your time trying to find things.
- Your creative space will be relaxing after you’d had a rough day.
- You won’t waste money buying things you already have.
Keep going. You’ve totally got this.
There’s one more thing I want to talk about this week. Once you have all of your supplies sorted, you might not want to completely remove them from your space and that’s fine. Maybe, you don’t want to give up being able to actually use your creative space for the next year. If that’s the case, think about what would work for you in the meantime.
For the last year or so, I’ve had a lot of my supplies sorted in those plastic $1 Tupperware shoe boxes. Check out the dollar store or borrow things from around the house until you figure out exactly what you want long-term.
Remember what I said last week. Right now, I have piles. I have a shelf where I’m sorting scrapbooking supplies into baskets and one with mixed media & art journaling stuff too. I have a card table where I’m putting jewelry making & metal stamping supplies for the time-being as well as a pile of Project Life supplies on the floor.
For what it’s worth though, I could totally still make stuff. There is a balance. You just have to figure out what it is for you. Maybe you have a mess right now and that’s okay. I definitely do too.
As we wrap up making our to-do list this week and work through laying out our spaces next week, things will start falling into place, I promise.
See you next week and happy sorting, y’all!
This post is part of the Creating Workspaces That Work For You mini-series. You can find Part I here: Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part I.
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.
Thanks so much for visiting and happy sorting, y’all!