so, you're thinking that you need some inspiration in this department. maybe you're looking to start a home based business, like etsy, or you already have a shop up and running, but you need a little more organization in your workspace. setting up a dedicated area that works for you is going to depend on a lot of things. i like to think of my creative needs before planning out the layout and work stations in my home studio space. if you think in terms of dividing your interests into areas, this makes the starting point so much easier. let me run you through the different work stations i have in my own space. this may give you a better idea of how to go about the process of designing a room that works for you.
there are five different work stations in my studio. in the photo above you can see the office desk and computer area. it's where I'm sitting as I type this blog post. all of my planning, note taking, writing, posting, networking, listing products to my etsy shop, happens here.
the black cupboard houses my shipping supplies. everything like a postal weigh scale and envelopes of various sizes, boxes, bubble wrap, tissue paper, packing tape, stamps, business cards...you get the idea. the point is that everything needed in order to accomplish the job of shipping things out of my studio to my customer, it all lives inside this cupboard. when things are all in one place, the business of getting things done is streamlined and efficient, which is so much easier on your mind.
as you can see in this next photo above, adjacent to the shipping cupboard is my arts and crafts desk. this area is where i paint and draw my original works of art. i also have wooden drawer units that hold stamps and other specific items for crafting. if everything has a designated place, then there is no room for clutter and disarray, which leads to overwhelm and confusion...and the almighty frustration. i know it need not be this tidy for everyone. but if you are an A-type like myself, i am highly recommending you set yourself up....why else would you be reading this far into the article? am i right?
to the right of my computer desk sits this cute little sewing table. my machine is plugged in and ready to go, which is a must for me to even attempt making things. my basket of fabrics sits quietly underneath and a drawer unit holds all of my sewing supplies neatly and conveniently right where it needs to be. i cannot stand being in the middle of a project and stopping to hunt for some necessary item, trying desperately to remember where it might be. nope. that is not how i role.
the photo above shows the very much needed empty work surface. i use an Ikea dining table. it sits ready and waiting for what i like to call, the 'artistic spill over'. this table is for packing up orders that have sold and need to be shipped out, it is also where i use tools such as my laminator, or my paper cutter, and it is especially awesome to cut fabrics on with a self-healing mat and rotary cutter....and finally where i piece together larger crochet granny square blankets. you will also notice my black rolling caddy in the centre of the room. it holds all of my crochet threads, and i have another one which holds all of my acrylic painting supplies. that one sits to the left of my computer desk. they are easily rolled out to the large working table when needed.
currently sitting empty on the other side of the studio is this giant shelf unit. it is where my studio creations will be displayed and stored while waiting to be sold from my etsy shop. i will shortly begin filling the shelves with one project after another. knowing that your creations have a place to be housed while they wait to be sold is a great feeling. there's nothing worse than having your home become overrun with things in random piles everywhere.
so in the end, the rules are simple. make a list of all of the creative things you do. separate them into sections if you have the luxury of doing so. keep all the supplies pertaining to their particular stations-at their corresponding stations. think about purchasing some organizer drawers, caddies, and baskets...to hold your supplies. the items you use to make your own beautiful creations can look amazing before you even begin. and the beauty of it is that it not only serves to inspire you, but it has an incredible calming effect on the creative mind. trust me on this. after all, you want to be as productive as you possibly can, don't you?