Your Creative Work Space is a magnetically attractive book. Desha Peacock showcases dozens of women and the places they have designed for the intersection of their art and work. The book is a captivating mixture of style and philosophy. Profiles of anything from workshop spaces and boutiques to children’s playrooms and home offices, and even a tiny desk in a closet, include advice from their designers on how to make time and space for it all.
I work with chronic disorganization and hoarding. Scarcity mindset is universal among my people, and they believe they Can’t Afford things. A room with one hundred items that cost $1 is a room where $100 was spent. If that room also has twenty $5 items and ten $10 items, then that was $300 that could have gone toward a piece of statement furniture! I’m constantly trying to encourage everyone to think of the SPACE, not the stuff, and the ACTIVITY, not the supplies. This is why we need books like Your Creative Work Space, so we have some images of what that looks like.
That’s why my favorite example from Your Creative Work Space is that of Stacey Blake. She has a desk in a former closet that “was being used to store items I was hoarding.” She got rid of all the stuff, had the shelves removed, and had a sheet of wood installed to use as a desk. This is a direct, tangible example of how to magically transform your clutter into a delicious art station. Wait until you see it!
Your Creative Work Space has practical tips and plenty of photographic examples on how to deal with paper clutter, cord clutter, children’s artwork, hiding ugly electronics, and storing supplies. One particularly useful sample is a family control center for consolidating mail, bills, the family calendar, and office supplies.
Don’t be discouraged, says Peacock, if the space you have right now doesn’t look like the gorgeous interiors in the book. If it’s something you want as part of your life, put it on your list as something to work toward. All of these creative work spaces began as a figment of someone’s imagination, so why should it be any different for you?
What would [work] be like if instead of dreading it, you ached for it? What if, instead of feeling depleted, you felt energized by it? What if you could not wait to get to it?
The two most important factors to opening up channels for your creative work to flow through you are your mental space and your physical space.
“Perfection is boring, let’s get weird.”
“I always love to remind folks that creative expression, doing what you love, and creating meaning in your life are all things that you deserve.”
I've been working with chronic disorganization, squalor, and hoarding for over 20 years. I'm also a marathon runner who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid disease 17 years ago.
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