Saturday, February 1, 2014

"Clean-up, Fix-up Challenge"

This is NOT your ordinary "jewelry challenge."  It does NOT involve getting your beads out and spreading them all over the table and creating something beautiful.  


"Bead Lover's Memory Bracelet"

This is a different kind of "design challenge."   It's a "pick up your beads, clean off your worktable, so you can design something beautiful" challenge!   It's a "clean-up, fix-up your workspace"challenge!  

Now I admit it,... I HATE doing this.  For me, it will be a huge "clean up my mess" challenge!  For others, tidier than myself, it might be a "decorate my area so I'm more inspired" challenge or an organizational "make my space more functional"  challenge!    My space could use all of those, but first I must begin with cleaning up the mounting mess that grows on top of every flat space in my work room!  


Yes, this is one table-full.

Does anyone else have this problem?! 

I'll not embarrass myself by showing you every messy spot in my room, but will contend that all are not this bad!   Here is some shelving that still looks relatively tidy, but could be reorganized to make work flow smoother!

My "could-be-worse" shelving.

One revelation I've recently had is that for improved functionality, there are two very heavy pieces of furniture that ideally would be swapped in their locations... clear to the opposite sides of the room.  And to make matters worse, there is a very large, very heavy antique table in the center of the room that would have to be taken apart and moved out then back in again.  Yeah, right...  Not likely.  

Still, there are many things I could do to make my workspace more... workable!

I've "threatened" to do this several times, but never finish the job.   Today, however, looking at the blog post of Kristin Oppold (of YaY! Jewelry),   "Meet my New Studio" and a retro post,  "A Glimpse into My Jewelry Studio - On a Clean Day," I'm again inspired to take action!  (Thank you, Kristin!)  

Is anyone else wanting to clean your space?  ... (or even a corner of your space space), spruce up your beading environment (no need to spend money), and/or do something to make your work area more inviting and functional?!  Your space may be the end of a table or one or more rooms--doesn't matter.  I hope some of you will sign up to join me in the challenge!    No rush, you can take all month and we can have a blog hop on March 1.  

Leave me a comment and your blog address if you'd like to participate.  If you don't have a blog, just let me know your name, some way to contact you, and that you'd like to post on my blog instead.  Take some before-photos, and some after photos, and let us know how YOU made your space better!

Are you ready to give it try?!   Hope so!  Cleaning up by oneself is lonely!   :-)

~Sharyl

P.S.  There will be a drawing for a prize for participants.   (I think I'm bound to unearth some lovely treasures during this project!)  ;-)  Wonder what YOU'LL find?!  
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50 comments:

Donna said...

I'm in! http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/

Heidi Kingman said...

I could do some organizing -- always!
Http://heidikingman.blogspot.com

Andi said...

Count me in! I neeeeed to clean up my hot mess of a studio!

My sad, unloved blog lives here: http://strungoutjewelry.blogspot.com/

msbuck said...

Sharyl,
I have a blog on ArtFire at www.braceletstoo.artfire.com. Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress on their workspaces! Patricia Buchanan

Sharyl said...

Andi, this will bring some love to your blog! Thanks to you and all!

I'll be adding some names shortly of people who responded to FB messages!

Sharyl said...

I think all I have to add here now is Beda Hendrix.

Helen Simon said...

I'm in & thanks for encouraging me!

Kashmira said...

I'm in! I need to clean out a whole lot of places where my "not-so-current" projects are living. They need to go! Somewhere! Somehow!

Janice said...

Hi Sharyl, I started moving into my new beading/needlework room a bit over a year ago, and only partially got everything arranged. I'd rather spend my time in there beading than cleaning! So I'll participate and hope that the "after" looks noticeably better than the "before." I don't have my beading blog any more, but I think I have your e-mail somewhere....

SY said...

Challenge Accepted!

somethingunique said...

Count me...here's my sad unloved blog...

http://somethinguniquebylana.blogspot.ca/

Sounds like fun!!!

Sharyl said...

How great to hear from you all! Welcome to the group! ~Sharyl

Renetha said...

Sign me up! I really need to straighten out my studio space(s).
lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer said...

I am in.
http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Swapna Dinesh said...

Hi.. I am from India.. I have a space that needs organizing too.. ! And maybe a bit of jazzing up in an inspirational way... :) My site is www.swardaa.com

lindalandig said...

This comes at a perfect time for me, as I am in the middle of cleaning and reorganizing my studio--the challenge will help motivate me to see it through to the end. Thanks!
http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/

Ann Schroeder said...

Yes, I would like to participate. What a great idea! http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com Thanks.

Beti Horvath said...

Maybe if I sign up, I will be forced to actually do something...
http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/

Sam S said...

Just started my blog for this challenge! This is very much needed - LOL.

My new blog link:
http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/

Christina Miles said...

Oooh, I want to join in on this one...I have such a cluttered work area right now...Sign me up!
http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/

Shel said...

Oh Sharyl, this sounds like it would be so much fun. Sadly, all my beads have gotten straightened up and will be sitting neatly in my beading cabinet for awhile as I concentrate on other things this year. (creating on a free weekend will be a true 'vacation' for me!!) But I will hopping around to see all of your organized spaces for true inspiration!

Islandgirl said...

I'll try... not sure where to start though http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.ca/ I'll be in Tucson for the first two weeks of feb so that only gives me two weeks... however I have to clear a path to my plants or they won't get watered!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Ok I relent I need to do this. I have been reorganizing for the last year. I made some good progress this month and added some flexibility for different tasks that was sorely needed. Still working out the kinks. I also have two other secondary spaces that could use a critical eye - and more importantly - a deadline!

Joining you all, thank you Sharyl! I'm here - http://www.apolymerpenchant.blogspot.ca/

macmillanmarie said...

if it is not too late count me in -

www.macmillanmarie.blogspot.com

thanks for the great idea

Kristin Oppold said...

Looks like you are starting a cleaning and organizing revolution!!!!!! I might focus on an area that needs some extra attention and organization.

Dee Clark said...

I'm in - it's a mess, I'm a mess, my life's a mess. This will be my new beginning!

motidana said...

Been a follower of your blog for sometime now . Loved this post and the challenge is going to be interesting too.
Waiting in anticipation to see the creations and of course read about the interesting journey in getting there !

Sharyl said...

I'm so excited about this! I wasn't sure anyone would participate when I posted this, and I'm so happy to see so many signing up! It will (almost) make the cleaning fun! ha! Thanks to all of you! Anyone who wants to join, please sign up here! --Sharyl

Here Bead Dragons said...

Count me in ... a fun way to do a necessary job.

~cryssT

Carol D. said...

Count me in! I need some inspiration to get this job done. Carol D. at http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Tina Francis said...

Hi Sharyl, Love this idea. I would love to join in, however I don't have a blog, so please advise me what to do!

Pam Sears said...

Not sure I should admit how messy I am but, I'd like to join if I still can... http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith said...

Thanks Sharyl. Please count me in. Even though I only moved into my workroom 2 months ago it seriously needs a rethink and an overhaul!

AliMc said...

Count me in too! northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com

Beda Hendrix said...

Count me in on "Clean-up The Mess"! I need all the motivation and cheering to get me going. Since I don't have a blog you can see my before photos of the "MEGA MESS" on my fb page that I just posted - Sasijuhls & Things. There's a few photos that I took when I first set it up.

Kari Asbury said...

OK I'm in! We've been doing some re-arranging since my eldest moved out so maybe this will inspire me to finally get moving and get things into my new area and clean up my spread all over the house projects...

Kari Asbury said...

and my blog is hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com forgot to include that in my first comment...

Juli Cannon said...

um.

nooooooo.

I am smack dab in the middle of a creative hurricane and I won't be cleaning a thing until the storm has passed.

Yay!

Shirley Moore said...

You know, I was going to defiantly ignore this hop....but...I have company coming this weekend, so I'm going to take some pics and turn into a tornado of clean! :)

PyxeeStyx said...

I'm in! I'm committed! http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/2014/02/help-im-drowning.html

Sharyl said...

You all are cracking me up--those joining and those not--love hearing the reasons for your decisions! :-) Thanks to all!

Jayne Capps said...

I LOVE that this is the first blog hop I'm signing up for this year!
https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Louann Elwell said...

OMG! I am so in! I have a bead shop but in my classroom area, I also keep storage. I have so many boxes of just general mixed beads that it has gotten out of control I tell you!! So I'll see if this inspires me. Thanks for doing this!!

Louann Elwell said...

OMG! I am soooo in! My bead shop is neat & tidy but my store room is a mess. Too many boxes of this and that. I am so glad you have done this & hope it inspires me to do some cleaning!

Rain said...

Oh I am so very, very, very in. Even though it will traumatize the studio cat.

Lori Bergmann said...

I would love to join in! I've been meaning to do this anyway, but love the idea of having so many others working towards the same goal together! My blog is www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com

helensharvest said...

Here are my messy pix. Thanks for inspiring me!
http://helensharvest.blogspot.com/

Arlene Dean said...

http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/ I'll jump on board.. I can't imagine since it's in the front room my husband will complain much

Sandra said...

Would love to join the fun, though I might jump the boat last second as I discovered this pretty late and I'm going through a difficult time right now. I'm not doing alright, but getting some order into the chaos which surrounds me would certainly help me feel better and less stressed. Only, I don't even know where to start? Hahahah.

My blog is here: http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de/ but it's in serious need of some dusting off ...

Alicia said...

Oh, definitely in!
http://www.allprettythings.ca