The perpetual battle

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Why are there some things I never seem to be able to conquer? The battle of the bulge, for instance. Today, my battle was against the perpetual mess in my studio.

I know I’ve blogged before about cleaning and organizing my studio. Sadly, I doubt today will be my last battle against this plague. On a positive note, clutter means that I’ve actually been using my studio which is a totally awesome thing, when you think about. I am so thankful that I have been given the time to be creative. There were so many years where being creative or even having a studio was just wishful thinking! Clutter also means that I have been able to accumulate “stuff” so I can be creative. There were many, many years when money was so tight that I felt guilty spending even $5 on fabric.

So, here is my true confession. Here is my “before” picture, taken at 10 AM this morning.

As soon as the photo was snapped, I got to work. I spent the day happily reorganizing and cleaning — once again. My focus today was to just try to clear the walkways and put away the stuff on the table. There were piles of paper and fabric from wedding planning, covered by tidbits from last week’s shower curtain project. I also had four boxes of thread, fabric, Christmas presents, and other supplies that I had ordered over the last couple months, but had been too busy to even open. I finally got all those put away.

Here is the “after” picture, taken at 2:30 PM.

I still had a few more hours available to work, so I finally unpacked my stuff from the Nancy Crow workshop that I took a couple months back. (Wedding planning will do that to you.) Almost all of that is put away now. Here are the before and after pictures, taken at 5 PM, with all of my Kona cottons back in their nice little home.

Now that I can move around in my studio again, I guess it is time to unpack the van/storage POD and figure out what to do with all the leftover wedding stuff.

On second thought, they haven’t been married even a full month yet. I think I might just enjoy my clean studio for a few days before I tackle that project.

3 Responses

  1. Sharon Driver

    wow – what a difference a few hours can make! Way to go, Maria!

  2. Ed Chamness

    Amazing…good job!!! I need to think about doing that…but my clutter has no reason for being…

  3. Beth Schillig

    Seeing the before and after is just INSPIRING!! Looks great. Sometimes when I get that clean and organized tho, I don’t want to work ’cause I don’t want to mess it up! Good luck!