Feeding the Hunger of Creation – Getting Organized

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Hard to believe it has taken 4 weeks but there is only a tiny bit of dimness at the end of the tunnel. Fabrics have been cut by 2/3, the rest donated. Trash sorted, 6 giant bags of recycled papers and scraps have gone away, other craft supplies taken to the studio to be used up there.

I finally have the most organized paper storage I have ever had.  One big tub for rolled painted papers, 4 bins filled with vintage, tissue, scrap/printed and hand made papers.

I saved one bag of recycle just to use up for mail art and I feel a huge sense of lightness as the home studio begins to become functional again.  Ruthlessness has replaced thrift in my realization that there is only so much you can save, only so much you can use and the rest just plain gets in your way and prevents you from feeding the hunger of creation.

I like that I know what is there and where it is and can easily put things away but have materials just at the tip of my fingers.

A bit more to go – putting the paints in better order and the like, but I am mostly done. Feeding my creative hunger, feeding my soul.  It’s a good day.


  1. okay, you are blowing me away with the new site and social links. You inspired me to deal with my work space mess. The floor is even covered, I’ve moved to the dinning room table. I need to start tossing and recycling…paper is my down fall! My hoarding of recycled materials has stopped me from making new art. can’t find anything.

  2. yowza – you’ve accomplished a lot! I spent a weekend organizing my papers about a month or so ago and I’m SO glad I did. Every single time I open my file cabinets or closet and find EXACTLY what I’m looking for within seconds I am thrilled all over again. (Now the key will be maintaining the system and not letting the piles build up again). I’m ready to do this to my whole house – I’m reading the clutter/ feng shui book you blogged about and it’s very inspiring.

  3. lyle baxter says:

    ? no more cereal boxes??l are you sure you can live without all that paper? I need to excavate photos from ancient times! but then when they are gone thats it!so I keep avoiding the task! maybe next week!

  4. Good for you! I know a good cleaning can almost always make us feel better! Your piles of paper look very organized now. I redid my paper stacks a couple months ago and am mostly able to keep to the system…

  5. How inspiring! 🙂

    I’ve been gradually reorganizing my own studio space. I feel so much better about not keeping things now that I know about the creative reuse center in my town! They even take that plastic netting stuff that veggies sometimes come in. 🙂

    The rest of my stuff, though, is a mess. I might have to follow your example when I’ve got some time.

  6. Now that you are almost finished, will you come over and help me with mine?
    : )

  7. You deserve a reward now. Like a whole day spent in your clean studio, messing it up again!

    • I was thinking a bottle of wine, a massage and a hot tub! Maybe when I get the studio moved, re-organized and finished. Yikes!!!!

  8. Looks like fun? okay, sometimes organizing is fun.
    Hey, with your new blog layout I realized I can easily tweet posts too! wee!

  9. Corrine you are doing so good. Keep going and don’t look back and when you are finished you can make art again. You’ll have new energy and I know you already know this but I just wanted to cheer you on! Bravo! *smiles* Norma

  10. Well wow! Very impressive purging! You are an inspiring gal, you know that?

  11. Wow your doing a great job and I agree with you,its lovely when things are in there place and you know what you have!! Big Hugs,Cat

  12. Well done! Wanna come over and redo my studio too, my husband would be ever so grateful?
    I was wearing the wabi sabi apron at my party yesterday; I love it and all the other Mrs Moens were quite envious – it is both pretty and useful!

  13. Hey – thanks for the nice note about my ‘by the numbers’ – I found it fun to kinda keep track of what I spend my time on – in broad strokes.

  14. this looks fab, I was just saying I need to put together some sample packs from my bulging paper drawers! We’ll see what happens.

  15. ps, what do I have to do to get my name contactable?

  16. I love it when my studio is freshly organized! It gets me moving on so many projects- you’ve inspired me to clean out another cabinet! Thanks!!

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