Good day to everyone. Today is going to be another one of those 'odds and ends' days. I really think that the entire week will be like that. After getting so many little things accomplished over the weekend, I think I am on a roll and while I have other designs in mind, I really want that progress to continue. It feels so good seeing things finding their place around here, and while most people moan and groan a bit about organizing, I think that once we start the organizational ball rolling, it is hard to stop.
I often am asked how I can accomplish so much and still stay organized. My answer to them is that getting organized is not a one time event – it needs to be a way of life. I guess I have always been like that. I remember when I was growing up as a teenager I always liked to have my room neat and clean. I wasn't obsessive or anything like that (after all – I was a teen with better things to do!) but for the most part, we always kept our room pretty neat. No piles of clothes or 'stuff' everywhere. No large accumulation of junk. For us, Saturday was 'cleaning day' around our house and my sister and I each had designated chores of things that we had to do before we were able to enjoy our weekend. These included dusting and vacuuming certain rooms, cleaning our own room and bathroom, and even doing our own laundry. I honestly remember having to do my own clothes from way back when I was in grammar school. My mom worked a full time job and even back then we had our list of chores we had to do after school and on weekends. As we were older, my sister and I even started our own dinner, as my mom didn't get home until about 5:30 or 6pm, and if we wanted to eat on time, it was up to us to get the evening meal going. I think that was a good thing though as I look back, as it taught us lots of good habits and also responsibility. We rarely ate fast food and going to a resturant was a TREAT!
And lots of those habits really stuck with me throughout my life. I love living and working in a clean environment. Sure – there is sometimes a few things out here and there. Especially if we are working on a particular project. But even that little bit of clutter has a place or a shelf where we can quickly tuck it away if we like and get it out of sight. Both Keith and I have been told more than once how neat our place always is – even when we are in the midst of working. I like it that way, and it is nice to know that we are rarely ten or fifteen minutes away from having our place looking really good. It has become a lifestyle for us that in the long run makes us more productive.
We are still working on the organizational project that I started to show last January. Like most other things, we have had to weave it through our regular work and other projects, so it has been taking a while. But we have "Phase 1" finished, and I can show you that.
For those of you who missed, here is how we began. We call this our "wall of electronics" and it includes from left to right speakers, Keith's computer, television monitor and stand which holds the amplifiers, modem, phone module, router, more speakers, My computer and finally our printer and scanner. We had just left them on the floor because ever since I got my new computer case, which is much larger than my old case, things didn't fit in the small stand we had:
Here is a close up of my computer and the printer and scanner:
It's not a great picture, but you can see it looks rather messy and sloppy. So Keith built this stand which will ultimately hold the new (much larger) printer, BOTH our computer CPU's and in the middle, the modem, router and phone module:
I painted it with DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin paint:
And it looks great!
We moved it into place, but for the moment, we only have my computer and the new printer on it. Moving all the wires is a monumental task, and Keith is waiting until the second piece (the TV stand which will hold the amplifiers) is complete, as well as the new sub woofer speakers (the huge black speakers on the bottom are going). The taller speakers are new as of last year. Keith built them and they sound wonderful, but he wanted smaller, more efficient subs that he is nearly done with now.
So here is the results of the new stand for the computers, although only my computer and our printer is installed:
It is quite an improvement, I think. Even though you see the wires through it now, once Keiths computer is in there, it will look much neater, as will the other components. It will look much less like 'dorm room electronics' and a bit more high tech and sleek. You will just have to come back and see.
But everything takes time, and every step may not be exciting to watch. So there will be days like this when I will have little to report besides a few pictures. Unlike my wood projects that have hundreds of cuts or my stitching projects that LOOK like they took hours to do, this simplification takes a bit of time, but the final results looks much more minimal. But that is the goal. :)
I will keep you posted on everything as it progresses. I am excited so far as to how it looks and I think that the result will be pretty nice. It already looks so much neater and cleaner. It is very much worth the effort. I think that having a clean and neat environment really helps raise our productivity no matter what we love to do – woodworking or painting. It is really worth the time invested to keep things clean and organized.
That is where I will end today. I have paperwork to tackle today and other odds and ends to finish up. I hope you all have a wonderful day today and I hope this inspires you to do your own organizing and spring cleaning. Then when the nice weather finally does arrive, you will have time to enjoy it.
Happy Tuesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"