Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My work space - Whew - A Happy Dance

This is going to be a long post, I have 9 pics to share. I am done with my work area, I am 70% done with the entire project, the rest of my work entails sorting through many piles and putting stuff in its place. The heavy moving, rearranging is done though and I did not pull out my back, everything has been washed, dusted and vacuumed and hopefully I have designed a workable place. My main concerns or goals for this space were: 1. to move my cuttlebug from the kitchen table to this work area. 2. to move my sewing machine to an area accessible to an outlet that had good light and would work. 3. Move my stamps and punches from this area yet still have them available. 4. Clear my table surface so that I would have plenty of room for my airbrush. So here is what I have done:

My cuttlebug is now where my sewing machine was, I think this will work.

My work table area has increased considerably, I was also able to angle the unit that holds my Quickutz Revolution because I took the towers out. The black tower is now on my mantle in the living room, previous pic. , scroll down and the white tower you can partially see in the middle bottom photos.

I have moved all my stamps from this area, which now holds my beads and tools, I have place my tools in containers and then arranged them in shallow acrylic trays, this way depending on what I am doing I can easily move the entire tray to and from my work surface. The beads are in a spice rack system I purchased from International Imports.

The picture of my sewing station is in a previous post scroll down to see that I have move it to the living room next to a light and it also has window light source and an electrical outlet.

I found some plastic tubes from a bead outlet and have transferred all my small objects that would fit, this way a bazillion of them will fit in one drawer.

These are the bookcases in the living room, I have removed about 75% of my books, packed them up and move them to storage. I have some of the stamps I use frequently on display and the others are in baskets. So there it is.

Some Tips for any of you who are thinking about some spring cleaning:
1. Make sure you have a plan. Be flexible, allow the plan to change as you progress.
2. Trust your instincts.
3. Create stations, use shallow trays to hold containers so that you can move tools back and forth to clean or when they are not in use.
4. You are going to create a mess so just remember "the dark before the light".
5. Be sure to incorporate some of your personality into the room, it not only stimulates your imagination but makes it a warm and happy place to be in.
6. If you have tools or items you think maybe time to let go of, pack them in a box and store it, if you do not go to the box in 3mos. it is time to let them go.
7. When you have completed your job remember to reward yourself! I get my toes done tomorrow.

That about does it, if you have made it to the end, thanks so much for visiting my work space. Am I afraid to start working in it again? You BETCHA! But, this too shall pass. Happy Tuesday, Hugs


Regina Easter said...

ooooooooooooooo la la la ..i love it girl.....hugs

Carol<>< said...

now start creating for all us to see!
have fun in your new space! looks great.

eiyiyi said...

Great job, Sandi ... it looks wonderful.

Crayola58 said...

Love it...every single inch of it. Fantastic reorg. Thanks for the wonderful tour.

Whippet said...

More power to you! Hope I can acquire the courage to make my space work sometime soon. Hugs.

DonnaMundinger said...

Wow! Look at you! Wish I could spread out like that! Everything looks fabulous! Take a pic of your pretty toes tomorrow! You deserve it! xxD

lori vliegen said...

fabulous work space, sandi!! all of your hard work paid off!! i love your solutions for storing all of those beads and other small items. thanks for the great tips....i especially love the one about remembering the "dark before the light".....! enjoy having your toes done! :))

Kim Dellow said...

Oh wow! Wonderful work space - just love! Oh boy I need to do some spring cleaning.

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Wow Sandi you have been really busy, but your craft space looks amazing and so organized. Love how you added all the tips at the bottom, must remember them.

Kaye x

Jingle said...

That looks great!

Martha Lever said...

Wow, you have a wonderful workspace with great organization. And thanks SO much for the tips...my area is getting close to a clean out!

1CardCreator said...

Looks awesome Sandi, thank you for sharing this with all of us. Take care, ~Diane

Angelwood said...

Oooo what a wonderful space you have for crafting. Can you come and help me with mine? :0) hugs, Angela

~JulieH~ said...

Well Sandi I have caught up with all your posts at last and love the progress you've made in finishing your craftspace, a place for everything and everything in it's place! For now! You've done a fantastic job!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

You have done a wonderful job getting everything organized and in it's place.. what a fabulous scrap space.