Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Paging Peter Walsh

Where is Peter Walsh when you need him? You know who I'm talking about, right? The Australian guru of clearing out the clutter who dares to ask the question, "Does this clutter make my butt look fat?" Well, I need him ASAP! The clutter is not only making my butt fat, but driving. me. crazy!

Seriously, we've been attempting to get a handle on the clutter around our house. Part of that is clearing out my studio. In particular for a piece of furniture I just brought home over the weekend (thanks to my dad) which will hopefully help me to be more organized. I desperately want to pare down, weed out and basically get rid of ALOT of stuff. I'm making progress, but I am so frustrated and need someone who is not emotionally attached to me or my stuff to say, "hey, get rid of it!"

Here is a BEFORE photo. Don't judge me-I know I'm not the only creative hoarder out there in blogland! ;)

These are some inspiration photos I'm carrying around with me to stay motivated. Hopefully, in a week or so I'll have IN PROGRESS photos. Once I clear everything out I still want to paint and then finish my vintage wallpaper'd wall I started.

<-----Love the open shelving and the collection of vintage containers. And of course, the wallpaper!

<-----Again, love the open shelving and that you can see what you have. Also like that it is practical yet decorative.

<-----Love the locker baskets and the little drawers. I have that very lamp only it's dark brown (and needs rewired).

I'm slowly making progress. I also picked up a set of bed risers for my desk and now I have the counterheight working space I have been wanting. I can always lower it if I decide I don't like it later. I'm a little fickle at times. I'm hoping to have my mom help me make a skirt for it. I got this idea from Colleen Moody HERE.

I just keep hammering away at it. And enjoying some positives including finally putting to use some of the items I'd purchased for organizing. I am loving the new-to-me vintage luggage I purchased for a song. Nice and clean and in great shape-storing books in these. Going to sell or get rid of the luggage pieces I purchased previously. Yep, can't get over the smell. See, fickle.

Although Mr Walsh is not by my side, I am using some of his tried and true tricks--quick sort, purge and organize and the piles-keep, toss, give away. I know this works it's just time consuming and you have to stick with it. My goal is to only have 1/3 left when I'm finished. I have a way to go so, if you see Peter send him my way. And tell him to bring Eric Strommer with him--I could use some open shelving and help getting that cabinet downstairs!


Cathy said...

I have a connection to locker wire baskets. I just picked up 4 a couple weekends ago at a sale. He had a bunch left (at that time). As a matter of fact I was thinking of getting some more myself because they work really really well. I talked him down to $5 each. Let me know if you are interested.

Love your wall and your table. It will all come together. Have fun!

Cindy Lammon said...

You are so lucky to have such a "creative space"! I have 3 really good books on organizing your craft space. Let me know if you'd like to borrow them and I'll leave them at the Patch. PS Isn't that plant cool?? It's called ITEA.

Mom said...

Hurry and get things organized. I can't wait for you to get back to the quilt you started. Wish I could help.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work!!!

bnovacek said...

so inspiring! great ideas!

cindy said...

Oh to be that organized...don't I WISH! lol. Love your inspirational photo's will look forward to the After's when you are done.