Wednesday, 13 October 2010

WOYWW #71 - Shame is beginning to sink in

71


as I looked back over blog posts last night and the face I present to the world of my desk is nothing short of disgusting mess!

It seems obvious though that I do need to wreck a certain amount of havoc to actually create anything, but come on Kay .... not that much (see Exhibit A below).


I try I really do, but it just seems I push it around, rather than get to grips with the problem.  A problem I most certainly do have, which is my lack of the tidy gene and being hampered by a room with 3 doors, a sloping roof, only one solid wall, sharing with Toodles/Computer and all the admin for the shop. 

If Toodles isn't around, or indeed if I am on my own hopping between desk and computer, I have to shift stuff to the floor or other chair (see Exhibit B below)



I did have a nice workshop in the garden, but it just proved too cold in the winter and the wifi doesn't work out there so I can't do any streaming etc., so this has now been taken over in the main for other things.

I want to do something, and I suppose a tidy up should be first on the list, but how can I get more organised in the limited space I have ..... obviously if one of the kids left I would have a lovely big craft room ........... how do you get them to leave?

Happy crafting, and suggestions gratefully received.  If you want to see less cluttered and dis-organised spaces hop off over to Queen Julia Keeper of the Workspace Kingdom and have a browse round the WOYWW crew this week.

Hugs


Kay

39 comments:

Terry & Kim said...

Well on the plus side, you look like you have everything you need on or near your desk! Maybe you can add some vertical shelves in front of your desk? Or maybe a shoe holder that hangs on the back of a door to hold brushes, punches, embellishments and such? Thanks for the peek!

The Taming of the Glue said...

Trust me...it's not worth getting them to leave. You just take over a room and get it how you like it and they come back again!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lack of ways to organize can be a real problem. When you run out of room, things tend to get out of hand. I have seen some lovely storage units, mostly plastic on some of the blogs, but they may not be what you are wanting.

Suggestion 1: Change rooms with one of the kids. The one who will be first to leave would be best. That way, you'll get him/her in the right frame of mind for small uni dorm rooms. (Just joking of course) Happy WOYWW from #2.

Helen said...

I don't think that's a disgusting mess at all - it looks great!!

joey said...

Hi Kay

I fully understand! lol, if I stood back and took piccys of whats next to my desk you would see even more of an explosion of stash!

The tag looks gorgeous!

Joey.x

Lizzybobs said...

I am loving your creative space - thanks for being honest and showing the rest of the desk - I would not have gone any further than showing us the first photo !! have a good week lv Liz (19)

Wipso said...

Yes I think a good tidy up would find exciting things that are hiding and then I'm sure you will then be all fired up and ready to play.
A x

Julia Dunnit said...

Seriously? If you're at the stage at not living with it any more, resort to built in like I did - I have worktops with cupboards underneath (3 door room too, oddly enough) and the desk is on wheels in front of the least used door. Call in a carpenter, make some sketches and go for it!! It won't solve the 'problem' of the surfaces though....but then, I wouldn't consider it a problem, huh!

Phree said...

Meh, that's not shameful, it's just creatively cluttered. Tidying up is dangerous, I can never find stuff if it's tidy.

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Well my space is often a mess so no comment on that score from me - it can overwhelm you at times though!
Love the 'thing' with the bird cage on (sorry not sure whether it's a topper or tag or what) The mask is lovely too
Anne x (58)

Minxy said...

Aw Kay i'd say it's more of a productive desk, not messy.. just look how everything is at hands reach lol

Sorry to say i have neglected our tag exchange deal, i hope you will forgive me, it's not a forgotten piece, just on hold till i'm better if thats ok x

Cheryl said...

he he get them to leave then you get all sorted then they come home again which is why I am holding out moving into my daughters room,but love your desk lots too see love that tag you have made too hugs cheryl xx

Susan Allan said...

Not having enough space can be the problem, but I think that however much space we have, we would fill it...it is within the nature of our art, that we MUST spread out. It is only those compulsive tidy-uppers who do not suffer.
Chaos comes from creativity.
Have a fabulously messy week.
Celebrate the chaos!!
Sue xx 66

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great work space! Thank you for sharing!

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sasa said...

My desk and room is also in a major state - but if you're creating and discovering - then you can let it go for a bit. I think it looks like a fab space - mess can wait - being you can't! Enjoy...
Sasa 10

Lou and Mel said...

A crafter never has enough room - no matter what!

Diane said...

I too suffer from the sloping roof problem in my craft room. I compensate by making as much as possible of the under desk space.
Diane 59

Elliephant said...

3 doors and a sloping roof is a tricky one! I agree with Mrs Dunnit, spend a little time with a pad and pencil and then get the carpenters in! No cure for a lack of tidy gene, I know cos I've tried to find it! Happy WOYWW, Love Elliefantasy xx

Gez said...

It looks a wonderful desk to me :) as I craft on top of the washing machine & have to pack away after each session! I have commendeared a welsh dresser that is full to bursting! Maybe something like that for storage might help.. I too await my eldest leaving!! Oh the plans I dream of!! hehe..
Have a good week. Gez. (#46)

Morti said...

Now, methinks you are being overly harsh on yourself Missy! You're no different to the rest of us. So take two Ikea Catalogues and a glass of wine, and get some inspiration on how to do storage in a limited space!

Twiglet said...

Just enjoy your crafting and if it gets overwhelmingly untidy then have a good sort up!!

Daniele said...

no matter how much or how little space you have it just never seems enough, Wilkinson do some cheap drwerson caster so at least you can wheel them around
hugs

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Love your space and messy desk, creativity can really flow there. Thanks for sharing, hugs Heidi xx

Doone said...

ooh Liz and I came to Oyster Stamps ages ago - must come see you again soooon, your desk is perfect,

Dx

Carolynne said...

Well I have the same problem as you, only mine is 34, sold his house 5 years ago, chucked in his career as a Chef/Kitchen Manager, moved back home and went to Uni. He graduated with honours earlier this year and has just started his new career so it will take a while till he can afford to move out. But I would so love my craft room back before I am too old to enjoy it.

xx

Carola Bartz said...

I love your mess! It makes me feel good about my own mess :-) !

JoZart said...

Now you just have to scour WOYWWers blogs to find all the storage solutions you need. Some have tiny spaces and cram all sorts in them and still craft so you've got the perfect answer... US!! Just don't ask me to tell you how to stay tidy!!!
JoZarty x

Craftgirl said...

I can only create in a mess with a few inches to work in. I think mine is probably worse than yours. Things on the floor etc.
Thanks for the snoop
Carol (111)

voodoo vixen said...

Love the idea of making the first to leave have to move into the smaller room - sort of encouragement to leave the nest??? LOL I think you need more shelves above your desk, you obviously love to have your stuff 'to hand' and at that would help with the desk space a bit!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i guess that's why i like WOYWW, i find so many amazing artists with messy desks like mine!

Neet said...

I prefer to look at busy workdesks so yours is just fine in my book. Somehow I have to tidy before I start creating most of the time. Maybe it is because I don't have that much space left on my worktop.
Love your birdcage btw.

lisa said...

Mess equals creativity in my book. You can't do wonderful things and be tidy.
Hugs Lisa (122)

Christine said...

It does look a very busy space but very creative! If you ever find a way to make children leave please tell me.. I have one in the loft room which is screaming out to be a fantastic craft space...! :-) Christine #7

butlersabroad said...

You know, the desk doesn't really look that bad, looks like most things are stuff you'd actually need rather than just a mess! As to the kids, I bet they're only like 12 and 14 or something!! Can't exactly chuck 'em out on the street! Perhaps you could put them in the shed! Thanks for the email update on the blog candy, I shall be stalking the postman from now on!!

Hugs
Brenda 96

Ohhh Snap said...

I think it looks lovely and creative, but if you've seen mine, you'll know why lol. TFS :D

Linda C said...

Don't waste precious minutes on guilt. Just dig in and craft away! You have everything at your fingertips! Happy crafting, Linda #78

Ciara said...

I think you should get a small shelf or something on that bit of wall - you'd be able to get loads of stuff off your desk!

That's my two penneth anyway!

Ciara
xx

Candace said...

creative not messy don't worry about it - you should see what doesn't end up in my photo!

Enjoy your day Candace

(little late this week so I'm #150)

Paula Gale said...

You need storage thats all.... ikea would be the answer to your dreams - but I suppose so would a lottery win!!!

Not sure how to get the kids to leave - charge them silly amounts of board - make it more expensive that a B&B - sorted!

At least your desk looks like that because of crafting - more than i can claim - I think the neighbourhood has been using mine as a dumping ground.

hope you find a solution to your space issue.

Paula x x x