It's spring and my fancy turns again to reorganizing my little home studio. It seems that things just seem to pile up during the winter and then we head into spring and I look around and realize it's time again to figure out if the way I have stuff organized still works for me.
Last week, I went through one of the bookshelves and sorted enough paper to throw about 5 lbs of it away...mostly just things like old notices of exhibits, old postcards, copies of articles I've read and won't need to reread...that sort of thing. It didn't make a real noticeable change in the look of the bookcase, but I felt a lot lighter, lol! (thank goodness our local garbage company also recycles!)
This week I took a look at a couple of large 39 drawer units that I had my "larger" beads in. Now, for me, anything much bigger than a seed bead is "larger" and since I'm not doing a lot of stringing (which is what I mainly bought the larger beads for), I had to ask myself if they needed to be so readily available and taking up so much room? I decided it would be a good time to sort through them and see what I wanted to keep and what I could let go of now. And I ended up putting the ones I wanted to keep in a much smaller lidded tote and the others are in a bag waiting to go to a local church rummage sale. The table they were on looks a lot less cluttered now and the things that I do use frequently are right at hand. (Can you tell which is before and which is the after photo?)
Today I'm going to get the fabric ready for the april bead journal and maybe a few more beads put on the primavera piece. I find that letting go of old stuff energizes me and sometimes clears blocks to inspiration.