There is something seriously wrong with my inability to think in white rooms. I know some people can only be productive in a space that is clean/white/empty, and that’s great for them, but it doesn’t work for me. At all. I need a space that is “tidy-enough” to function, but messy enough to think. I need a cave of color and pattern. Textures. Photos. Sparkles. It’s as though be surrounding by things I affiliate with certain thoughts allows my brain some extra capacity to spend on new thoughts. New ideas. New room to absorb information. The stuff on my walls and in my drawers isn’t so much clutter as it is off-site brain storage.
As part of their Maker’s campaign, Michaels asked me to show you guys where the magic happens. Well folks, here we go!
Whoa – this got meta real quick.
Running theme in this room: easy-access drawers and tubs with labels. I’m not at all a neat-nick, but need everything to be labeled. This makes things easier when I go into a cleaning frenzy – there is no reorganizing or hunting around or shuffling to fit like objects together. Everything has a place because everything is labeled. Boom.
Those white tubs in the middle — this hold all of my craft paints, which is great, but I need a new system. This set-up was great when I was using the paints once a month, but I have recently gotten back in the painting groove and I’m rifling through them once a day. Looka here!
This binge started when I was painting gift bags for Christmas. Now the bug done bit me and find myself looking at flat surfaces and wondering what it would look like with turquoise polka dots.
This is the right side of my desk. Now, I know what you are thinking, “How can I get two possums to hang above my desk at all times like that?” and you would be right for wondering, because, obviously, everyone needs two possums.
And this is the left side of my desk. For a while I kept my client files in a tub over there but Lolabelle took over. Please note, I bought her that enormous cat tree on the left, which she won’t touch, so I gave in and just put a bed on my desk. Now she sleeps there all day. Sometimes she’ll wake up in a huff and bark at me long enough to pick her up for a cuddle, but mostly, it’s her sleeping space. Do you know how hard it is to be productive when someone is sleeping 14″ from your face?
This here is my pride and joy. I used to keep all my beads and crystals in little baggies, but then one day last fall my electricity went out and in a thrilling rush of anger driven organizing, I shifted everything into these little wall-mounted tackle boxes. Now I am using these items far more now that I can see everything at once. Love that!
Speaking of things I love…
This is another new-ish edition. It’s a wrapping paper rack (you can buy at Michaels (it looks like they are out of stock online at the moment, but I saw a hole stack of them at my local store last week!)). This is super handy. And honestly, past the holidays, it’s not like I am wrapping gifts all the time, but I use all these items for various projects and this stuff can be cumbersome to store in drawers and such. Keeping everything vertical, visible, and accessible in one touch (<<<that is the key for me), makes it that much easier to use what I have, instead of going out and buying more. It’s an investment. And I love it!
And, because because because because becccccccccause sometimes photos don’t cut it, I did a little video. This is big. I NEVER DO VIDEO. But yesterday I recorded it with my little phone, then edited and uploaded it all by my little ol’ self. You guys, I feel like a warrior. Or a wizard. Or a tech guru. Okay, I haven’t decided yet, but you have 12 minutes to kill and want to take an action-packed craft room tour, click play.
Please note, this is my first video ever. Like ever. Keeping sound and focus on point is new to me, and I’m crazy awkward on camera, but if y’all like this stuff I hope you will tell me so I might spend some time improving my skills. This is a new year and 2015 might be the year I finally conquer my fear of video. Stay tuned.
Thanks for dropping by and taking the tour! If you like seeing where creative people do their business (not that business) check out what’s going on with the other Michael’s Makers.