The Studio Clean-Up Challenge
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Progress Report June 18, 2017
What we have here is a bunch of "before" pictures. Hideous beyond belief. When I say I'm worried about becoming a true hoarder, I'm not kidding. It's been difficult to get much done because I was on Dilaudid for a while, to ease the pain of the esophageal ulcers. But that's all much better now so I rarely need any painkiller. Second hurdle was coming to grips with the fact that there is too much stuff and I simply must let go if I'm ever going to get this room (these rooms) under control. A place for everything and everything in it's place is one of the mantra's which guides me through this process. One thing I discovered - I store things in my studio but they should really be stored elsewhere. For example, I save cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and packaging peanuts, to use when I ship something I've sold on Etsy or Ebay. However, I haven't been making or selling much in the last year, so the in-out cycle has been broken ... and that stuff uses a lot of space! So, it's new storage space is in the attic and there will no more saving until the supply of packaging material dwindles a bit.
Below are some "in progress" photos. I guess the only noticeable difference is you can see a lot more of the floor. At the very least, I can now walk around in the studio. This is a huge step (ha ha) forward. What is so awful is knowing how much I've done, how much has been moved out, given away, or thrown away, yet there is still a huge amount of work to do. My pictures which show progress look pretty much like anyone else's "before" photos. Yikes! Also, it's really bugging me that this takes so much time. I'd rather be making! But I recognize it has to be done. And the result should be a heavenly place to make whatever I want.