I wanted to share a fun project that I worked on recently that involved an artist’s studio and office space. Andrea Krakovsky (http://okdre.com/art), an Atlanta-based artist, contacted me about helping her organize her studio and office spaces that are shared in the same room. She was feeling overwhelmed by projects and wasn’t able to locate all of her materials and supplies as they were scattered throughout her space. She was spending money on additional supplies because she couldn’t find them and she need a place to feel motivated to work. Sound familiar? Have you ever looked at your desk and just let out a collective “ugh” because it was such a disaster? Fortunately she recognized that this disorganization was keeping her from achieving success in her passion so we got to work quickly on clearing the space.
One of Andrea’s challenges, like for most artists, is that she works in multiple mediums. What that means is that she has a lot of different supplies to keep track of: pencils, paints, brushes, beads, wires, hooks, paper, etc. Her primary focus is making jewelry so that was our priority in organizing her studio but she also needed a place to do the business side of her work so we created an office space with her desk.
She also didn’t want to spend additional money on organization bins or containers. I absolutely agree that you can find a lot of materials in your own home that you can use to corral like items. One of my favorites is glass jars because they are available anytime you buy and use spaghetti sauce, pickles, mustard, jelly, etc. You can put them in the dishwasher when finished so that they are ready to be used when needed. Of course, don’t start hoarding them—you can always just recycle them, too. Being organized does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money on boxes, containers, and labels.
You can find Andrea’s work at Re-Inspiration Store, which specializes in artwork made from recycled materials. If you are in the Atlanta area, this is a great place to go for gifts and art made by local artisans.
If you are an artist who needs your studio organized, please contact Neatsmart to get started on clearing your space and making room for calm, inspiration, and motivation.