clear space, clear mind

11 May

Are you like me: when a space is cluttered, your mind often becomes cluttered? Since getting home, I couldn’t help but feel slightly claustrophobic when I tried to sit down to start working in my messy studio space. It was extra clogged with piles of old books, un-used materials and several new boxes of supplies and keepsakes from the recent roadtrip. With so much on my to-do list for this month and next, I decided it would be best to have a clear space and a clear mind – so I went hard yesterday, cleaning, re-arranging and generally dunging out my entire studio. I even whipped out the old elbow grease so that I could shine up the surface of my drafting table. I must say I’m quite pleased with the results! The shift in furniture and removal of piled up books has opened up way more floor space behind my (now) insanely clean desk. Items that were hardly used were removed from the cabinets and drawers to make room for frequently sought-out art items. The areas in the front of my desk have been re-arranged as well: wildlife magazines are in a pretty row, mail art envelopes and letter paper has been neatly sorted, and my typewriter and tripod sit happily in comfortable new spots. It’s so nice to have my mind now filled with the tasks that need accomplishing instead of a million distractions from the visual noise. I can’t wait to get the day started so that I can accomplish some goals and make a new creative mess!

5 Responses to “clear space, clear mind”

  1. Jules Young (@muddleduck) 11/05/2012 at 11:27 #

    It looks amazing! Well done you for having such a big sort out….I’m still trying to organise what will be my “making things/writing things” space in the loft…I have far too many books/magazines/postcards etc..mind you, I wouldn’t want to be without them :)

  2. kimi 12/05/2012 at 21:37 #

    Ah, that looks great! I need to do the same (again)… didn’t we have this conversation last year too? :) I actually took piles of canvas, paper and supplies outside to the backyard today as they were completely overwhelming my desk area and with that just change, all kinds of ideas began to flood in on what to do with them. Before that, there were too many materials and I couldn’t see what to do with them. So I’m sure a clean studio is going to bring you many fresh ideas and I can’t wait to see what they are! Have fun!

  3. anika (@aisforanika) 15/05/2012 at 20:14 #

    After my tornado of creation that happened over the past couple of weeks getting ready for Artomatic & doing the sketchbook project, I need to do this! I agree with you–if my space is cluttered, I have a hard time focusing. I feel like cleaning up a creative mess to make way for the next creative mess is part of my creative process, and honestly I enjoy both–making the mess and cleaning it up.

  4. Emma Sarah Tennant 18/05/2012 at 00:05 #

    Wow, what a transformation! Clearing out clutter does seem to help make room for another mess of creativity, um, although I do quite enjoy cleaning too… ;)


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