O: Organization Orchestration


O is for Organization. Lack thereof in these photos, because I am completely reorganizing my studio and office. Moving everything off and out of every cubby, shelf, drawer, bin and pile. Going through everything, purging non-essentials. Beginning to make new piles and groups of like things, so I can see what’s what. Sorting bits and bobs back into their storage boxes. Making sure I maintain a walkway through the chaos.


O is for Other Side. This is the left side of the room. I’m pulling my reference library out of the two bookcases (partially visible left foreground) and moving them out of the studio into three new bookcases, dusting, sorting and divesting as I lug them upstairs. This frees up lots of shelf space for things used more frequently. (Fortunately, I have a separate space where all the wood cutting and sawdust-generating tools live, a wee shop on the back of the garage. It means a lot of back and forthing, but computers and sawdust don’t do well together.)


O is for Ongoing, OMG. The disarray is total, the only clear spaces being my main workstation (not very visible behind the bookcases), and the emptying shelves. This is a challenging project, but it will be so good when it’s done :)

19 thoughts on “O: Organization Orchestration

  1. Sheila says:

    I agree with Keli, O is for overwhelming. But wow when its done you’ll feel so good about it. Hope it goes quickly and without undue feline interference.

  2. Jodi Hippler says:

    Nothing feels better than a good dust behind, knowing what you have and where it is, and the enjoyment of being in a clean and organized space. Getting there – not so much fun, but doable when accomplished like elephant eating… One bite at a time! Godspeed!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Exactly, Jodi. In the time it’s taking to clear, sort and clean I am re-imagining and streamlining what I have and what I need. As above, so below :)

  3. Shelleybweb says:

    I’m not too bad at Organization, but I can’t seem to get the hang of Ongoing. I always end up at Procrastination. I start with Step One: Ownership of the Ossified Oleo of Objects and then before I get to Step Two, that darn P shows up! Thanks for the opportunity to ogle at your office space, lovely to have so much natural light. It will be so worth it when you are done.

  4. Nancy Enge says:

    If you just amend your definition of ‘ongoing’ to ‘cyclical’, it’s all good :)
    One of my habitual program loops I refer to as “The 3 Ps”: Procrastination, Perfectionism, Paralysis. Similar to Analysis Paralysis, but with more tea breaks.
    And believe me, I’ve put off this re-org for a very long time-wasted time. Then suddenly, inexplicably, it was underway.

    • Shelleybweb says:

      Your 3 Ps are a perfect description of my crafting and sewing life. And yes, I dither and dally until suddenly the engine roars to life and I am off down the rabbit hole. Often good things come out the other end, but it would never be a way to make a living. Too erratic and too much time spend going in circles. I’m sure you are going to be very happy with the new setup. Keep up the good work!

  5. Bennie says:

    I love your studio! You’ve actually given me an idea, I love the shelving under the table, what a great idea. It’s a great way to have storage in one area and not take up wall space.

  6. Megan says:

    Oh my gosh, that is a big job, but so worthwhile. I find that re-organizing and sorting my stash often leads to the most inspiring new ideas. I hope you find a few too!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      I KNOW. I’m saving the less energetic sorting-back-into-boxes for the last. Or maybe I should do it today, because I dread it. I am looking forward to three clearly defined, clear work surfaces!

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