If it’s one thing that all creative professionals have in common, it’s a habit to hoard things. Whether it’s keeping a large stock of your favourite brushes and paints or having lots of old film reels to draw inspiration from, creative professionals need a lot of space in order to carry out their work.
So in this post, we’re going to take a look at a few ways to keep your studio well-organized and clean without having to change your workflow too much.
- Use lots of containers
Containers are your best friend if you have a lot of small crafting materials, bits of equipment and consumable products. Buy plenty of them for your studio, keep some in storage for when you need them and make liberal use of them at all times.
- Don’t work from home if possible
This could mean working from your garden, a shed or a co-working space designed for creative professionals. We tend to keep our workspaces a lot more clean and organized when they’re not in our own homes, so try and spread your wings a bit and find someplace else to get your creative work done. Hiring or renting a studio is always a valid option.
- Separate finished works with current projects
Make sure you’re separating your finished pieces with your current projects. The last thing you want is to accidentally ruin a finished work of art while working on your up-and-coming pieces. This also helps you organize your work inside your studio and ensures you never have to search around to find something important.
- Keep cleaning products handy
This is an extremely basic office tip, but if you’re not stocking up on cleaning supplies then you’re doing something wrong! Make sure you have plenty of washing goods, cleaning items and more to keep your workplace clean and organized. You’ll want to give your studio a good clean every night to make sure that you’re not leaving stubborn stains all over the place. If you make extensive use of paints, then ensure that you’re keeping things clean by layering something below your work to catch spills.
- Get rid of stuff that you’re hoarding
It’s a lot easier said than done, but if you’re finding cans of paint that are almost expiring or endless packs of crafting supplies, then consider donating them away to other smaller studios or allowing your employees to take them home to be used for personal projects. There’s a lot of waste in the creative industry and it’s important to take steps to get rid of it in an environmentally-friendly manner.
- Use your walls for storage
One of the most underrated places to store all of your goods is on the wall. Whether it’s hanging up a large basket full of art supplies or installing shelves to put paints and other consumable products, there’s a lot of extra space to be had if you start making use of your walls.
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