|Starting to unpack into my new studio space
This week was moving day for my art studio.
Finally! A part of me cried happily, while the other half wished for a couple more weeks to prepare. I'm not good at moving! One of my goals in life is to move as seldom as possible. I love traveling, hate moving.
Still in my old space, I tried and tried to sort and purge. Some stuff left, but mostly I organized. Wednesday I moved into my new, much smaller space. With everything in boxes, the space was almost completely unnavigable. In one move, I'd become a hoarder, slipping through the narrow passages between the boxes as I tried to figure out where to start the unpacking process.
It was like one of those tile puzzle games where in order to move one tile you have to shift and slide all its neighbors. I set my cutting table up in one direction. Nope, didn't work. So I decided to rotate it ninety degrees. An hour later I had rearranged everything else enough to manage the switch. Good thing there wasn't a fire alarm during that time - I'd buried the door!
When I left Wednesday evening everything sort of fit. Maybe. My main work table is still leaning folded against a wall. I have space either for it, or for my second big shelving unit and the mini-fridge, but not all three.
Could I fit the little fridge somewhere else? Should I just get rid of it (I don't use it much)? Which do I need more - the shelving, or the large work table? Which would make me most productive in this space? I have fifteen foot ceilings; how high should my other shelf go? (the two shelving units are both modular, so I could scavenge the one to add to the top of the other like playing with tinker toys). I already have to stand on a step stool to reach the top shelf. If I only stored light stuff up high, could I bring in a ladder? But then where would I put the ladder?
Other work kept me from the studio most of yesterday and all of today, but I'll be back there continuing to purge and sort and play real-life Tetrus tomorrow. I keep reminding myself what a wonderful, exhausting problem to have - designated space to create my art and too many possibilities in the form of tools and supplies. Even if the space is currently as bland and sterile as my picture indicates.
Right now, I'm going entirely on faith.
Faith that it will all fit.
Faith that I can make this work.
Faith that I can transform my new space into a creative haven. A colorful, bright, productive workspace.
Because without faith, it's all too overwhelming.
So that's where my thoughts are regarding Sally's Focus on Life prompt for this week. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone elses' interpretations.