Ahhhh…probably the hardest week of the Workspace course as we focus on purging. Last week, I talked briefly about de-stashing as I prepare for a Giveaway at the end of the month, but I still feel unprepared for this daunting task. Ironically, it's much easier for me to get rid of brand new items because, well, I know they're going to end up in good homes. It's the random bits of ephemera that I have so much trouble consigning to the trash heap. Ugh. I'm way too neurotic for this process to move along quickly.
Yesterday, I found some old die cut inserts I made with my Cameo. These sun-bleached pages, pictured above, are about 2.5 years old and have been in my scrap pile for more than half that time. And no, I still haven't thrown them away. Sigh. So that's my shameful confession for today and the biggest hurdle I'm going to have to overcome during this Workspace course, my embarrassingly out of control scrap paper heap.
And because I really need to end this post with some kind of a win, I'd like to share a few more photos of areas that are working in my studio.
You may remember, one of my goals is to move frequently used items within arms length and supplies I rarely use to shelves further away from my desk. My built in shelves go up all the way to the ceiling and I put these items on the very top shelf: spray adhesive, beads, daubers, paints, acrylic frames, extra storage boxes, and my paper punches (now that I have a Cameo, I rarely use them).
Within arms length are an assortment of tools and a range of washi tapes. I use Ikea Asker Containers for the larger supplies and a martini tumbler for smaller tools so they remain visible. I have a large candy jar where I keep the rest of my washi tapes, but I like leaving a selection out in the open for easy access. When piled in front of the Asker Containers, they stay out of the way despite all of their glorious messiness.
So small victories right? Now wish me luck as I try to tackle the rest of my scrap paper purging!