Organizing for Creative People

People who work in arts and crafts legitimately need to have lots of supplies, tools and resource materials on hand for making projects. But to be able to actually carry out your intentions and do those projects, as well as living in an environment that promotes creativity (i.e., is harmonious, supportive, and organized) requires some art all of its own. How can you have everything you need readily at hand and still be organized so that things are findable and usable, while having a living space that lets you have a life? Try these steps:

1. Embrace the New York principle – build upwards. Every wall needs to become a place for cabinets and shelves

2. Containers – you need lots, ideally ones that relate to your art projects and are appropriately sized for the items to be held

3. Use every inch of space effectively; here are some examples:

4. Consider using the materials for your projects as art objects while they are being stored; some examples of this include

5. Arrange for sufficient and appropriate storage:

Finally, striving for completions in your projects helps you identify what is and is not realistic, fun or worthwhile. If you find you are not finishing a started project, it may help you to ask yourself why. Do you still want to do it? Will you or whoever it is intended for actually be able to use it? Can you afford the cost of any remaining materials needed to finish it? Do you have time to do it and how does the time required to complete match up with your other life priorities? Materials that are sitting around waiting for you to get to them may be making more mental demands on your life than they are worth, and being free of those demands may be a greater pleasure than keeping or even completing the project would be.

Nothing will save you from the need to get rid of things that really are excess, i.e., you have not used them and the prospects for using them are dim. Everything that is not really needed will only create an impediment to being able to get at the things you do need and will block your ability to actually carry out the marvelous projects dancing around in your brain. The trick is to differentiate between what really is and is not needed. ‘I might need it’ is a dead giveaway that you do not need it; ‘I do need it’ is a better criterion.

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