Sometimes Mondays
Unraveling Backward (2018) and Forward (2019)

Creating Space

As I begin putting my plans and goals together for the year ahead, one thing that keeps bubbling up is . . . 

More doing.  Less thinking about it.

This can apply to lots of things in my life.  Because I am a bit of a day-dreamer.  I like to think about and plan and consider . . . sometimes so much that I actually run out of time for the doing!

And sometimes when I'm ready to start the doing, I can't.  Because my space for the doing is in such a state of, well . . . unreadiness . . . that I need to get over that hurdle before I can begin.  Really.  This is how it works for me.

Take my "art room" -- which is Brian's old bedroom, now luxuriously converted to my dedicated art space.


It's wonderful space to have.  But it tends to fill quickly . . . 

with glitter supplies from my glitter-balls project at the holidays
and glass discs from another holiday project
and sketch books
and drawing supplies
and painting supplies
and bits and bobs that have inspired me in some way
and random pieces of this or that that I might be able to use in some way

And when life gets busy, I don't take the time to Just. Put. Things. Away.

And that means that before I want to do ANYTHING related to drawing or sketching or painting or . . . even more glitter, I need to dig out and put away and create space.

(This happens in my sewing space, too.)

(Is it just me?  Or does this happen to you sometimes, too?)

Anyway.  This is my year of Intention.  My year to do what I set out to do.  On purpose.  Deliberately.  And that means creating (and maintaining) the space to DO.

I spent the weekend clearing out and organizing my art room.  



I am ready for the DOING now.


(And NEXT . . . I'll tackle my sewing space.)



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I'm going to hang a picture of this up at my work desk to remind me to create my space at that other desk! Nice job Kym!

Kim Sheehan

I want to live in that room. Can I come over?


May I borrow you to help organize my craft room? As a spinner, weaver, dyer, knitter etc., the fiber content of said room can be considered "high"! Then throw in a bunch of books and equipment relating to my various interests and it gives "piled higher and deeper" new meaning.


Your art room looks SO inviting. I would happily curl up on the couch and read or knit while you do your artsy stuff - lol. My *office/sewing* room is a MESS. Stuff all over the place. I started to clean it and then the holidays were upon us. The guest room is equally bad, but that's all Fletch's stuff. I WILL get the office/sewing space cleared and soon.


It looks great and honestly pretty much how it looked when Dale and I visited. My space for art and sewing is in one room and in my very old and pretty small house I know I'm lucky to have it. But I tend to do the same thing and right now it's messy and I need to clean it up so that I can USE the space that I have.


Isn't that how most people are? Just asking... because I hope it is not just me! Some things I am very good and putting away where they belong (dishes, laundry, books) but the making things... oh boy. They don't like to be "put away".

I love the transformation and your intention and I like Patty's idea... I am going to take a before and after image of my space to keep me motivated to keep it that way!


If you buy a new TV, then you have a bunch of rearranging/repurposing to do... and that's how I managed a spectacular clean-up of my workroom just before Christmas! I kept thinking, "I don't have time for this," but in the end it was EXACTLY what I needed to be doing. My worktable turned out to be Gift Wrap Central for everyone and I actually wrapped every single gift I gave, for the first time in years! It was (is) so great to walk in there and know that it's ready... for anything!


the struggle is REAL! But earlier today I read and took comfort in this quote.... "Creative people don't have a mess, they have IDEAS lying around everywhere!"


Love your art room! So warm and inviting. I start with good intentions of putting things back in their place but it never lasts too long. Before you know it piles in the fiber room!

Julia in KW

Very impressive tidy-up! And I LOVE that rug!


This does happen to me and when it’s too messy, it is hard to even imagine how to get started. I need a weekend without obligations to do some major cleaning in my making space.


Your art room looks so inviting. Creation is messy - that's just how it is. Yesterday I straightened and cleaned up my study - space for writing. It felt so good to walk in there this morning. Something about the New Year inspires us all to refresh our spaces and lives.


THAT is an AWESOME crafting room! I'd love to have something like that.


My mother used to be frustrated with my daydreaming tendencies but since I got straight A's all through grade school I couldn't see what all the fuss was about. I must have been accomplishing SOMETHING....That is one cosy room, Kym. Here's to lots of doing. Chloe


It looks beautiful, and best of all you've now got room for making and doing! I haven't yet reclaimed Ryan's bedroom in NJ, but after seeing your art room, that may happen soon!


Putting everything in its place and keeping it there until needed is, indeed, a challenge. Your room looks so beautiful and colorful when completely organized. I feel I need two desks; one for writing and one for drawing/painting. My current spot is just too small to do both and I need to do both. You'd think with the luxurious spaces we have there would be an answer to the problem, but the only answer I see is, well, two desks!


I was wondering if anyone would claim to have a space they didn't have to clean up :-) gah, I've even found myself letting my closet grow to piles (pj's, pilates, "real clothes" ... this time of year everything can be worn multiple times and I'm grateful for all the floor space my closet allows). ALL THAT SAID, I do not have room in "my room" for a sofa ... which is probably the only reason I don't live there full time!


It seems that I’ve spent “all my life” over the first 9 days of 2019 dostadning my creative spaces...and I’m making progress! I’m now ready to CREATE!
Enjoy your “new, spruced up spaces!” Looking forward to seeing the sewing room, too!


I need to take that goal - "Less thinking, more doing" -- to heart. When I first retired, I told myself I "deserved" days that were unstructured, relaxing and not necessarily very productive. However, I don't want this lifestyle to be permanent. I have WAY too much I want to accomplish! Thanks for tips!

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