- First of all, it didn't take a monumental effort to tidy up, because I have made monumental efforts to create homes for everything in my studio. Monumental because organizing does not come easily to me. Having a home for everything, even if I don't put things away, is immensely soothing. Clutter doesn't bother me so much if I know I can put things away when necessary. My efforts in recent years have really paid off.
- I really can come up with organizational systems, like the wall I build on the back edge of my worktable you see above, if I put my mind to it and analyze the problem. In this case, the problem was: everything gets buried on top of the worktable, and I can see it. I need everything in front of me where I can find it and put it away. Solution: put everything in front of me.
- I have made some organizational units modular, so I can take advantage of awkward spaces and move them around easily. My bookshelves consist of cubes built of pine. I have them stacked at the end of my east worktable, but they also fit under the gable roof in a tight space behind the new wall (see the first post on Working Large).
I elaborate on all of this in the article in Studios Magazine, so I'll keep this short. My point here is that I discovered I'm not as bad as I'd thought I was. I'm sure an organized person could come up with more efficient solutions to my studio space, but I have come up with workable solutions.
Here are a few more shots of my "Working Large" space:
The front gable wall:
The New Wall, where I hang works-in-progress:
My makeshift rolling paint cart:
My latest work-in-progress: