OK, so a studio remodel is not in the cards for either you or me anytime soon. But we can still take some advice from professional organizer Carolyn Woods (her article is in the October TQL, and there are more tips on our website) and make the spaces we have easier to work in. I asked Carolyn for a little personal advice.
JM: Even though I keep my workspace neat, I just have too much stuff. When I think about starting to go through everything, I just don’t know where to begin.
CW: The first step is just looking at your stuff. Decide what really still matters to you and what you don’t care about anymore. Make notes about what to keep and what to get rid of.
JM: That’s reasonable. But when it comes to actually getting started, it’s so easy to procrastinate.
CW: Make an appointment with yourself. Block out a whole morning or afternoon to get organized. Start small–one drawer or shelf at a time. Set aside the stuff that doesn’t belong there and deal with it the next time.
Thanks, Carolyn. I’ve already recycled two boxes of old magazines and have reorganized my thread drawer. And if I win the lottery and get that new studio, you’re the first person I’m going to call…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life