One of the most common questions I get asked is,
"How is your worktable so neat?!"
This post is my attempt to answer that.
This first photo is my table at the start of yesterday's work day. Notice that it's not totally clear. I've just stacked any random bits (and a roll of paper towels) that I knew I'd be using and pushed them to the edge. Still a pile, but a tidy one. I also keep a plate (palette) and water cup on my table, as well as a stack of paper bowls. They come in handy for all sorts of things. I'm lucky to have a nice big table (that I found on craigslist) which makes keeping things tidy all the easier. But the most important tidy factor is that there is a designated space for everything, and everything I use on a day-to-day basis is pretty much within reach.
Just to the right of me sits most anything I reach for on any given day.
Notice the catch-all, an important weapon against overwhelming messiness. This is a place where I can quickly store stuff that I don't want to bother with right this minute. The catch-all can't be too big though, and must be contained. And when it gets full, it must be addressed.
And just across the room I have yet another table. I don't work there, it's just a handy surface.
This is my worktable at the end of yesterday's shenanigans. . .
. . . and again 4 minutes later.
I should also mention we have separate stations in other parts of the house. One for sewing, one for shipping, one for the printed stuff that we sell, and one for wood-working. But as those areas are Dylan's domain, so they're less pretty.
I know that some people like a messy work environment. I'm totally cool with that. I'm not a neat freak by any means (one look at the rest of my house will tell you that). This is just what works for me. Not being able to find a certain something that I want zaps my creative energy and takes away valuable time that could be spent making stuff. Now I'm off to make a new mess!
How about you?
What kind of workspace do feel the most creative in?