I'll admit it.
I'm not ashamed of it.
I like being organized.
It helps me know what I have, to be able to find things more quickly, & therefore: BE MORE CREATIVE. I don't want a muse to pass cuz I'm spending too much time looking for stuff I know is here... somewhere...
Recently this meant a re-organization of a bookshelf that's near my drawing table. I think that one's workspace should reflect what one is currently "into". So, because I'm currently into making puppets and photographing them, a change was required.
Above: Red crate holds scrapbooking papers & other scene backdrops.
When I photograph, I remove the dartboard from the wall, put up a backdrop, and open the shutters. Whoa. Way to get a glimpse behind the Wizard's curtain, eh?
I'm sure as I get better at photographing, another set-up will be created. But for now, this is whasgoin'on.
Above: the BEFORE & AFTER pix.
I didn't make the bookshelf more messy for the BEFORE picture. That's what an "Uck!" situation it was. I hate when stuff looks like this. It makes my brain not function properly or something.
As you can see, this middle bookshelf previously held a bunch of children's books. Moving them from this area required going through them, and weeding out what I still want (first editions; autographed by authors/illustrators), what is still needed for reference, and what could go to the library as a donation.
The 3-drawered plastic containers I got are from Bed Bath & Beyond-O, and cost like $13 a pop. I had a coupon -- Oo-wee!
Below are the break-downs of how the drawers are organized (with 2 drawers being empty now for "room to grow" later). You can click on them for a larger view.
- Household Items
- Occupations & Pasttimes
- Misc. Props
- Things That Come From Bodies
- Seaside Items
- Cowboy Items
- Rodeo Stuff
This cupboard (just to the right of the red crate you see in the first photograph) used to house phone books, kids' magazines, illustration directories, and office paper.
Recycled the directories (never look at 'em, so what's the point?); consolidated the phone books, recycling most of them, & putting the rest in another cupboard; the kids' mags went upstairs; the office paper went where the other office paper is in the studio. Makes sense. Like things with like.
So now my bigger props have a place where they don't have to be out all the time, collecting dust.Yay!
And now you can see the tops of my bookshelves!
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