For the past month, I have been literally manic with creative energy. I’ve been wanting to improve the design of my house, get back to drawing, create more tags, sew some clothing and work on photography ideas. I literally feel like a volcano, bursting with ideas, and the most frustrating part is the lack of time I have had to actually DO anything.
Around this time, I also found myself looking at studios on design blogs, almost obsessively. I have always wanted a nice studio/office/workspace, but have never really put any effort into it. I move a lot, and the idea of spending time and money and energy into designing a temporary space has always been enough of a frustration to make me give up before I begin.
However, I have come to realize a few things:
1. I deserve a beautiful, organized, happy workspace.
2. I need a beautiful, organized, happy workspace in order to nurture and harness my creative energy.
3. In order to make my business successful, I need to take it seriously, which means investing in that beautiful, organized, happy workspace.
Now, admittedly, part of me wants one of those perfect, softly-lit, totally organized studio spaces that you see on design blogs. However, I have to keep reminding myself that that is NOT the point. A good studio should be a little messy – creating things requires making a bit of a mess, after all. But letting my office space get buried underneath paperwork and tins of products that did not come out right is just not okay.
This is what it typically looks like:
Yes, I’m embarrassed to show these pictures. How can anyone take me seriously when I’ve got so much crap everywhere (even on the floor – which you can’t see in these photos)? Again, I’m not saying it should look perfect and pristine and ready for a spread in Home & Garden Magazine. But, I shouldn’t have ten million receipts all over the desk, hair pins and my iPod scattered about, tax papers still unfiled, supplies on every surface. This is not a workable environment and even walking by this room tends to make my blood pressure rise.
It’s time to take things seriously. I’ll be documenting the transformation here on the blog and I’m really excited about it! I have a ton of design ideas and have already bought some art for the walls and made some artful yet functional pieces, as well. My big challenges, however, are placement and furniture.
First, this room demands a certain type of set-up (at least as far as my preferences go). I like to have my main desk on the west wall, which gives me enough privacy from the front window and the perfect amount of light during the day. Where to put everything else is the problem. I’ve moved the furniture around in this room multiple times and have never found an arrangement that I both visually enjoyed or one that was as functional as I wanted and needed.
And as for the furniture – I hate it. All of it, except for the black bookshelf. All of it is hand-me-down furniture, or stuff I found with a FREE sign on a neighbor’s front lawn. I find all the pieces ugly and almost none of them meet my storage needs in the right way. This is a huge frustration for me because it prevents me from being able to function efficiently in this room. I’m constantly moving stuff around, trying to find places to store everything, and yet the simple fact is that nothing is going to work as well as purchasing another desk and/or dresser for this space.
Despite these challenges, I feel that just making the commitment to transform this space and to take myself and my goals seriously is a huge first step and that the rest will come in time.
I think a lot of us minimize our own life choices, our goals, our accomplishments, etc. I have more to say on this issue, but will save it for another post. Until then, what small step can you take today to take yourself more seriously?