“Well.. it looks like Taz the Tasmanian devil had fun in here.” Those are the exact words my mom said to me when she stepped into my room/workspace/studio earlier this week. Now, why exactly would those words be said? Simple. Organization time. The two words every cosplayer, artist, and/or creator of anything cringes at when they hear.
But why is organizing the work space so groan inducing? Because it’s a pain in the ass that’s why! No one likes taking precious hours out of their day to sit down, pull out all of their supplies, make the room temporarily look like a hurricane hit, and then put said supplies back into neater more clean spots. Plus, it’s a pain to find where exactly you’re going to put all the stuff! But worry not my friends! I have a top ten list for you today that will help all of your organizing go as smooth as butter!
10. Organize your supplies into separate piles.
This. This step will save you so much time and frustration. When I first started organizing, the first thought that popped into my head was “How the hell am I gonna organize all of this?” Then I started putting everything into separate piles. Cutting tools pile, adhesive pile, clay pile, EVA foam pile, etc. It made everything so much easier.
9. Clean out and get rid of anything you don’t need.
I know this tip will be super hard for some of you—I know it was for me, being the pack-rat that I am, but it will be worth it in the long run. When you take out your stuff, look at each object and think about the last time you actually used it. If it was a long time ago, or you can’t even remember—chuck it. If you use it on a weekly or daily basis, keep it. It will free up a lot of space to put things back.
8. Create organized spots.
With designated spots for each of your supplies, you’ll be able to find everything quick and easy!
7. Create labels.
If you’re like me, without labels, those designated spots will go out the window very quickly.
6. Create designated work stations.
I know, it sounds silly, but you’d be surprised how much work you can get done if you have a designated spot for the main things you do. For example, a drawing station, Dremel station, sewing station, stuff like that.
5. Ziplock bags and Plastic bins are your best friends.
These simple tools can be some of the best containers to put your supplies in. They are cheap and a good way to keep your things safely contained.
4. Hang things up that make you happy.
Decorating. Once you have everything organized and where they are supposed to be, it doesn’t’ hurt to liven up the room with a little pizazz. It will make your studio feel more like you.
3. Power strips, movable lights, and small fans.
These little devices are super helpful and a definite must to get when organizing. The power strips will give you extra access to power out lets in case you need the power sources. The movable lights—they, well, they speak for themselves for why they are needed especially if you’re an night owl like me. And finally, the small fans for moving air around your studio so it won’t be stuffy.
2. Make a list of all the things you want to do to your studio before organizing.
I can’t stress this one enough. Making a list will safe you not only time, but a hell lot of frustration. With a list, you’ll be able to know exactly what you want to do and take it step by step. You won’t feel as overwhelmed and you won’t have to feel like you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
And for the final and probably the most necessary tip of all…..
1. KEEP IT ORGANIZED!
For the love of kami, this is so important. I know how hard it is to keep a freshly organized space clean and organized but try because it is a pain in the rear to redo all that hard work. If you work hard enough and stay determined, you my friend an keep it clean and exactly how you want it.
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