As I sit here basking in the glow of organization, the sun is just coming up and I noticed that another six inches or so of snow has fallen. Already it is going to be a great day.
Things are just about finished here, with every cabinet and closet getting a makeover. I figured out that there are five closets in this little place, along with the large cupboards in the bathroom and now the new storage unit. That is lots of storage space to keep organized!
It is funny how infectious cleaning things out can be. By starting with just one area, the organization bug spread to every available area and we wound up spending the entire day again cleaning, sorting and throwing out. I still have some minor areas to sort through, but for the most part, everything is done. It is still dark out now but I promise to post pictures of the finished projects later on.
Today will be a day of fine tuning things and putting things in their final place. I only hope that once finished, I will be able to find everything that I need to find.
The garbage men are not going to be very happy with us, I expect. We already took a load to the public dumpster, but we quickly refilled our bin and could easily do another trip before Wednesday. Much of the mess was old catalogs and papers. It is amazing that with all the online catalogs and such, which we opt for most every time, we can still accumulate a huge amount of paper.
I am happy to report that there was very little wood that went by the wayside. There were just a few scraps of plywood that were too small to use and some bits and pieces of pine. There were no hard wood casualties at all, and I am happy to say that all of the remaining wood is sorted and stacked and resting comfortably.
I think that is the best part of all. Going through and knowing what you actually have.
I also went through my many lines of paints and painting supplies, which took up almost as much room as the woodworking things. I have several different types of paint and stain that I use for different applications and keeping them neatly tucked away, yet close at hand can be tricky. After all, I find that ‘out of sight means out of mind’ applies with many things and perhaps it is my own senility creeping up on me but there were several things that I forgot I had. It was quite a pleasant adventure rediscovering the many things that fell into this category. My creative juices are once again flowing thinking of all the applications for using these forgotten items.
I was also able to finally take my many magazines out of storage boxes and give them a well-deserved place on shelving where they would be easily accessible. This, my friends is a sweet luxury for me. I have the last six or so years of not only my own woodworking magazine, which I need for reference on some occasions, but also the two painting magazines that I have collected. They are all in issue number order, along with about half of my collection of both woodworking and painting books that I have obtained throughout the years. Although the rest of them are safe with my friend in Chicago, it is comforting to have what I have here where I can easily browse through them. I just love my books and love to keep them at hand where I can look through them again and again or read them over.
So all in all it has been a great three days. It seems like months since I have had a regular work day though. I am going to take today to fine tune things and catch up on emails and enjoy the day. I may spend a good part of the day reading through some magazines or even start painting something. For once it will feel good to just wing it with no plan.
I will add some pictures in later on. I am kind of proud how everything came out. I think that it is cool that if you walk into my place here, you wouldn’t even know that I ran my business from here or did woodworking (until you saw the scroll saw and drill press tucked on the side of the kitchen!)
It is a very good way to live however and even though I know it isn’t for everyone, it makes me very happy. It is comfortable and clean and now organized and a great environment to be creative in. What more can I ask for?
Have a great Sunday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"