July 14, 2010
as crafsters, we need to make sure to support and encourage our creative side as much as possible. walking into a space that doesn’t inspire you can be a real buzz kill, so today, we’ll talk about 10 things you can do to keep your creative spaces inspirational.
1) surround yourself with beautiful things. whether it’s artwork, colorful patterns or previous projects, make sure your space is a reflection of yourself and that you get inspired by the things you see when you enter the room. ever evolving inspiration boards, clip boards or wire picture holders are a great way to keep beauty around you.
2) lighten up. natural day light is invigorating and clear, where as yellow house bulbs can be a little suppressing. either way, make sure you have plenty of light for your projects, as straining your eyes can be exhausting. using lamps with clear bulbs can be a savior when it comes to detailed work.
3) keep a well stocked craft room. whether it’s scissors, glue, yarn or thread- make sure to have plenty of whatever you find you need the most. having to run to the store mid-project can totally disrupt your creative process.
4) keep your space organized. it’s amazing how much more quickly you can accomplish tasks when you know exactly where everything is. take note of the positioning as well, if you find yourself always having to get up to cross the room for a pair of scissors, move them (that sounds silly, but i just realized i was doing this a few weeks ago)!
5) be comfortable. if you’re sitting make sure to have a supportive, comfortable chair with a table at the appropriate height. if you’re standing, make sure you have supportive shoes on and you’re not hunching over to work. keep the temperature where you like it and pull your hair back if it’s in your way. heck- stay in your pj’s if you like!
6) keep it tidy. easier said than done, right? this is a new one that i’ve been really trying to stick to. it’s so overwhelming to feel inspired to create, and then enter a mess (okay, a disaster) of a sewing room. clean up after every single project, and you’re space will be clean and inviting the next time you get ready to craft.
7) minimize distractions. take the phone off the hook, ask your mister to watch the kids, lock the door or do whatever you need to be able to focus. if you find yourself stopping everything to watch the tv or check twitter, consider turning off those distractions as well. time wasters are addicting, consuming and definitely not productive.
8) remove anything you find bothersome. is it something in your room? a piece of art? the way you have to walk around the ironing board to get to the cutting table? whatever you find annoying, remove it or rethink it.
9) jam out. jazz, hip hop, oldies- if it get’s your hips swinging and your mind focused, turn it on and jam out.
10) stop before you get overwhelmed. open a window and let a fresh breeze hit your face or turn a pot of tea on. make sure to take care of yourself and do a few things that you know will keep you refreshed, focused and on task.
i took these photos of my sewing room this morning. i really am keeping it clean, see?! :) i think i have finally gotten it well stocked, organized and planned out- and because of that, i have been more productive than ever.