I want to clean up my shop, but where do I begin? That’s what I was asking myself and there’s only one answer. Just begin!!! I honestly put off starting the cleanup as long as I could. But, once I got started, I was so happy I did.
So, to recap. Some blogger friends and I are challenging you to clean up your act and reorganize your creative space. Why REORGANIZE instead of just ORGANIZE? Because, probably if you’re like me you have had your space organized and let it slooowly get messy again. It’s what we creative types do!
Years ago I remember my friend Donna from Funky Junk Interiors talk about “shuffle” and “gut”. I think you can probably figure out what that means. The best way to clean out any space is to empty it out. That’s sort of what we did with the garage reorganization a few months ago. With a space like my basement shop gutting really isn’t an option.
I’m going to tell you the best way to clean out a space and try to get organized.
If you’re not able to clear out your entire space, start with one corner. You can see I started removing STUFF and clearing out this far corner. The key is to not handle stuff more than once. While you have it in your hand, put it where you want it to go. Of course that’s not possible with everything you move, but the harder you try to follow this tip the better it will be.
I was able to combine many boxes of glassware into just a few plastic totes. I put the empty boxes out for recycling.
If your space is dirty sweep as you go. In this case I had to clean every little space as I moved out the clutter because most of it is actually staying in the basement.
I’m seeing more floor space, little by little.
I’ve really just begun, and the month is almost half over! I still have so much to do but I know you’re counting on me. I have committed to doing this clean up your act challenge, and I will get there. So will you! It’s really just one day at a time and we can do this!
Be sure to follow along each week as we clean up our act. See updates from my friends here:
If you’d like to accept our clean up your act challenge and maybe wind some awesome prizes you can add your before photo of your CREATIVE space below.
**WINNERS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER AND RESIDE IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. Both a “before” and “after” photo must be submitted to be entered. Decisions of the judges are final. We reserve the right to disqualify entries that do not meet the criteria. Winners must provide shipping address within 24 hours of being notified or a new winner will be chosen. We are not responsible for lost or mis-delivered prizes.