Once again I got the urge to organize things.
Seeing as I was kind of in between projects, it seemed like as good a time as any. Since we are already half way through November, seeing my little 'All Season Tree' adorned it Halloween ornaments began to kind of bother me. While I loved how it looked, it was just time to put them away until next year. So I went to the basement and retrieved the containers that I stored my Halloween items in and packed everything away.
I still have my autumn wreath at my entry way, and I left the orange lights on the tree, as well as the autumn leaf garland, but it looks a little bare now and I made a note to myself that by next year I will have to create some lovely Thanksgiving and autumn ornaments for it for that time between Halloween and Christmas decorating. Little by little things will get done.
I do have some lovely autumn items that I enjoy. I love decorating for each season, as it really makes our place look cozy and nice. Since we live in a small place, it doesn't take more than a few items to give things a festive look. Having too much would be too cluttered, I think – especially when we are working here many days. I like to put things away (naturally) when we are scroll sawing or doing anything that would make dust. Keeping things to a minimum makes that nice and easy.
I found my Autumn Pumpkins candle tray in my "Autumn" container:
It has always been one of my favorites. I do keep some of the designs that I like best. This one I tinted only the pumpkins using DecoArt's Staining and Antiquing Medium and acrylic paint. I think that it is "just enough" color and still allows the pretty grain of the maple to show through:
The tray looks lovely with a pretty orange candle and the beautiful table runner that my Auntie Dorothy made for us. It really makes things look nice and festive and if I need the table for working, it only takes a second to fold the runner and move the candle aside. (That's my kind of decorating!)
After I cleared out the Halloween items, I decided to keep going. I wound up sorting all the closets and reorganizing some of my supplies. My little elf Edgar helped me with that:
We labeled all of my boxes because I seem to have quite a few and I forget what is in each. I didn't want to write on the pretty boxes, so I made little cards that I 'gently' taped on. This way if I change what I want to store in them, I only have to pull the cards off and add a new one. I do this with all of my boxes and find it works very well.
I am really proud of my organization here. Since the beginning of summer when my landlord gave me a corner of her basement, I have really enjoyed keeping things in order. I had purchased probably about 6-8 semi-sheer plastic containers of the same size to keep my seasonal things in. I didn't get the extra large ones because then they are too heavy for me to carry when they are full. I think that this is an important thing to consider when reorganizing. Our tendencies would be to go for the biggest containers, but then I find it is not only harder for me to pick up as I mentioned, but also so much stuff gets put in them that things get lost or broken. A good medium sized container is the best.
I also keep one (or two, if necessary) for each season. While some may be only half full, it still makes things much, much easier to find and store. When switching seasons, you only need to bring two containers up at a time – one for the season you are packing away, and one for the next season. Things get put away very neatly and you always know right where everything is. It is a wonderful system and I promise to take a photo when I swap out the Autumn things for Christmas. It only takes up a small amount of space and since the containers are not very heavy, I can stack them five or more high and retrieve them by myself.
It does PAY to keep things in order.
My closets are also all wonderfully organized. Those pretty boxes that Keith teases me about buying from Winners and Michael's and so forth are absolutely wonderful to keep all of my different supplies in. They are strong and well-made and they are not unattractive so that if I have them out for a day or two while I am working on a particular project, they aren't messy looking or an eyesore. (I have to get MORE – but don't tell anyone! I am a box hoarder I think!)
Nothing feels better than having all of your supplies in order. And believe it or not – even though we have a small place, there is room to spare! There are some half empty shelves and room for projects in progress or additional supplies. The trick here is to keep up with things and take an hour or so every so often to re-organize and make sure that things are in order. (AND to get rid of the things you don't need! I LOVE donating and giving away my finished projects to people who appreciate them! I give them to friends and family and what is left I donate to help the feral cats in our area. It is far better than packing things away and allowing them to be damaged or ruined! It gives me a good feeling to help them too!)
By the time I finished, it was almost dinner. I wound up spending an hour or so cutting out orders and getting things ready to mail today. I didn't get much designing done, but I still had a very nice and fulfilling day.
Today I will be working on a new painting design. As I sit here this morning, I am basking in my nice clean and organized home. I feel like I am in a good place and ready to work on a new design. I really feel good about things.
It is foggy here today. Still warm for the season. But from what I hear, the cold weather is on its way. Before long I will be parking my Mustang for the duration and spending much more time here at home. I don't mind though – I am prepared.
After the holiday yesterday, it is hard to believe it is Wednesday. It feels more like a Monday to me. Soon the weekend will be here again. Time moves much too quickly!
I wish you all a wonderful day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"