Who doesn’t like a boy who’s at home with art supplies?
The cleaning, sorting and storing behemoth continues: into the studio. I’ve wanted to do a proper clean out of the studio for about the same time I’ve wanted to clean out the garage. And again, too many things got in the way to do it over the last couple of years. Until now…
Once I finally set up my office, the studio became the dumping ground for clutter and random stuff I needed to deal with but didn’t have the time (or space) to sort and store (vintage clothes collection, mid century day bed to go to DIY Dad’s beach house, my old but still good queen mattress – also to go to DIY Dad’s beach house – and more). And it was already quite cluttered: having over 30 unfinished canvases in various stages of progress will do that to a room as well as the detritus of various other creative past-times and the base materials for future projects…
Additionally, the studio has a many and checkered history of playing storage space: for friends needing a place to stay, to friends’ furniture while they looked for housing, bits of furniture that couldn’t be put in the garage while it’s not water-tight, books from my mum and sister’s book collection that Dad couldn’t store anymore (but which can’t be thrown away), and so much more. Over time it got to a point that the layout and associated clutter was definitely not conducive to doing anything creative, so the only use the room has seen for the last 10/so months (other than to store various items) was as an alternative napping spot for the other two housemates.
I wanted to get back into the studio, and feel comfortable to use it for what it is…and I also wanted a semi-presentable place for interstate friends to stay. So it was definitely on my holiday hit list:
One pile of newspapers away from being something out of American Hoarders…
Something had to give…:
The bed? Keep the canvases on your left and the crates of clothes on your right and you will find it…sleep well!
When I say “something had to give”…actually there was quite a lot that had to give:
Australian Hoarders B&B now open for business…
First up, I had to give myself room to manoeuvre and break an epic task down into chunks of work. Chunks of work that can be punctuated with small breaks for sanity: tea breaks, facebook breaks, sorting breaks, a break to Bunnings to get (more) storage crates, a break to Officeworks to look at prettier storage solutions (felt cubes that fit into expedits!) and a break to look at storage on the Ikea website…you name it, you need breaks for this kind of task: but they can’t be long breaks otherwise you lose momentum.
I got the whole house involved in this task, with the bedroom becoming temporary storage for easels, the office storage for folios, the hallway storage for canvases (to be sorted into a continue to work on pile and a sand it back, gesso and do something else because this experiment failed pile):
Nowhere to hide, nowhere to run…
Even the lounge wasn’t safe, it became the temporary resting place for stuff I needed to crate up or buy folios for:
Oh Mr Hart, What A MESS!
First up was to move the crates of bedding, outdoor pillows (formerly cluttering the office) and vintage clothes over to the smallest wall, and prop the queen mattress behind them:
Supervised by the inquisitive Colonel Fluffy Pants…
Each section of floor I uncovered, I swept and mopped: the time it took for the floor to dry gave me a natural break. I did a lot of Facebooking and tea drinking yesterday 🙂
Post crate redistribution, I had to move the day bed into the middle of the room:
Project Manager Menace still on the case: clearly this project needs a lot of supervision
As I went, I de-dusted and washed up items. Some of my paints even got a bath:
Don’t anyone tell the crimsons and purple madders, the blacks and grey tones or the siennas about this day spa
Once I cleared the expedit (and cleaned it), it could be moved to its new home:
No one expects the Menace Inquisition…
Although it looks like he didn’t leave the room, in between photos, the very excitable Menace was skedaddling around the house like a mad thing…and then popping up to photobomb shots:
What’s that over there? It’s the same thing but it’s MOOOOVED. I must inspect.
And then…it was time to put the day bed into its new home:
Full bed and floor, empty expedit shelves…that can mean only one thing!
Then redistribute the sewing, embroidery, silk painting, acrylics, pastels, water colours and associated accessories onto the expedit:
25 out of 25 expedit shelves for order!
Move the canvases to be worked on back into the studio:
Next to do list: paintings to be finished
And move the easels back in too:
Finally, room to breathe, room to move and room to paint.
One more Holiday Task = DONE!
I’ve never met an after /oom reveal shot that I haven’t wanted to hipstamatic…
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