This post by Jennifer Flaten
I’m a bookkeeper, which means I like everything in its place. Debits must equal credits and things must be filed away properly, just in case you have to explain why line 57 was charged $232 dollars in June of 2014. At the office I separate all my work into piles depending on urgency. And I store things neatly in binders.
Contrast orderly bookkeeper me with creative jewelry designer me. Huge difference. Seems I like to keep all my jewelry supplies out where I can see them at all times. Not only that I have stuff EVERYWHERE.
Oh sure, at first it started out with a table in the family room. In fact, that is the whole reason we chose this house (okay, one of several, but a very important one). It has a nice family room off the kitchen/dining room, so I could have a work space but not be isolated from the rest of the family.
Okay, great got one table set-up and a few rolling storage drawers. Put my supplies out on the table. Turns out I like working at the kitchen table better. The “work table” is now a storage area for supplies and unfinished projects or current works in process. Seriously, how many times am I going to stand at that table sifting through all the stuff looking for that one item I know was JUST RIGHT THERE before I clean it up? Never ask a question you don’t want the answer to.
Hmm, seems maybe I need another table. The family room now has two tables. The WIP table and the “other” table which holds finished objects and the photography “studio”. I’ve now annexed ¾ of the family room.
Then the knitting obsession hit, so now I have several bins of yarn. FYI the yarn doesn’t stay in the bin, it falls out and rolls around the family room. Sometimes I can’t even get to the table. My storage drawers constantly have circular knitting needles dangling out of them. The bookkeeper side of me is cringing. The creative side is going “wheee look at all the cool stuff”
Currently, I have over half the kitchen table filled with a project I am working on, we may have to eat supper in a different location.
Can you keep your creativity contained?
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