I participate in a wonderful online creativity group called Coach Creative Space (check it out: CoachCreativeSpace). My most recent inspiration to evolve from a group thread was to de-clutter my work space. Sharing in this journey with fellow creatives was motivating, especially learning that I’m not alone in how clutter can suddenly take over a space and deplete your creative energy and drive. After two weeks of serious de-cluttering, culminating in too-many-to-count bags of trash and a total of 6 donation boxes later, my space has emerged as an open, inspiring place for me to be…and most importantly, to CREATE!
I humbly share what lessons I’ve learned and my progress in the blog realm with you now, cringing as I show you my before pics–yet happy to share my “afters” right along side. I also look forward to sharing–every now and then–my creative space as it looks in use while continuing with assemblage and paintings—deeming it a proper studio space as intended 😉
A couple of things I learned during this cathartic process:
1) I held on to much-too-many “things” believing I would some day use them in a future piece. I’ve heard this is a common problem for artists (material hoarding), so I sort of take it as a compliment LOL But for now, if something doesn’t come IMMEDIATELY to mind, I’m NOT keeping it. I have had two opportunities to implement this new way of clutter-free thinking (successfully!).
2) Learn to say, “no thank you.” Saying no to materials, especially found object goodies is HARD! But I refer to my lesson learned in number 1…if I don’t have a piece for it now, I’m not storing it for later, to be forgotten, hidden under other forgotten things. I just don’t have that kind of space in my room or my head anymore 🙂
3) Don’t keep art supplies of stuff you’re not currently creating! I had tons of “stuff” I kept for other things to make (like embroidery thread for example). I don’t do embroidery. I wrap sage bundles with it every once in a blue moon…donate! Don’t keep those cool looking raffia bundles, or that neat rubber trim stuff that’s bulky. Donate! Why store old paint supplies under piles of creativity-killing clutter?
I would love to hear your de-cluttering successes and input. Please share your “de-cluttering” experiences 🙂