Friday, December 31, 2010

Getting a Round Toit

I woke with an overwhelming urge to clear the decks and "Today's the Day"-ness. There has been a lot of bringing in and not much in the way of putting away or tossing out, not to mention the buildup of dust, Popeye debris and puppy toys everywhere.
And then there's the studio. Ugh. Who can be creative when the stuff from my last bout of creativity is spread from here to Kingdom Come?

But where to begin?
1. Put it away.
2. Throw it away
3. Clean it up
Those three steps have always worked for me. Beginning small, just putting away the shoes, which are everywhere. No one puts on the previous day's shoes, we go get another pair, until there are no shoes left in the closet. And coats, hats and gloves.
One room at a time, clearing and cleaning down to the bones. Surprisingly it takes very little time. In fact a timer makes it seem like a game. 10 minutes here, 30 minutes there and in a few hours the entire house is cleaned up.
Except for the studio. I seem to have more stuff than room in the closet, which means a trip to the warehouse garage in search of empty Rubbermaids. I know they are there, just waiting.

4. Have a goal. It helps to have a before picture like this one.

When I was at the quilt shop Wednesday, one of the gals said that whatever one does on New Year's Day signals the way one will spend the new year. Folk tale? Maybe, but what an instigation for getting ready to have a fresh start.
In that case I will not be starting the new year with a hangover, or last year's messes.
Here's to the last of 2010, and the beginning of a wonderfully creative and colorful 2011!


  1. a very good idea, happy new year!

  2. Anonymous7:31 AM

    Hi Melody,

    Every day I read your blog and I love it very much,I wish that my english was better than I react more often.I want to say that I edmire your creativity and your energy and the happy way you do al the things you do,Love and a very good new year,Judith

  3. I'm with you... been cleaning out closets this week, plus taking inventory of my biz stock, but today I plan to do some ice dyeing! Happy New Year to you, Dave and Pugsley!

  4. Lovely tidy studio, and a good way to start the year, mine is too cold and a temporary storage area for things that need to be put out of the way in the house but not for long Im making a start on it Monday!

  5. Have fun - I tackled mine on Wednesday of this week. Sure looks and feels better now.

    Happy New Year to you all!

    Hugs - Marie

  6. From your lips to God's ear my friend...

  7. I will lok forward to seeing al your work on your blog. I still need to tidy up some more, but I will make sure that I do something creative tomorrow.

  8. Anonymous10:40 AM

    Hi HI
    Ich schaue mir deinen Blog sehr gerne an Frohes Neues Jahr. Kann leider kein Englisch lol lol
    LG Miau

  9. Have a healthy, safe, and Happy New Year :)

  10. What a great idea, Melody! I've been putting off cleaning up my studio, but now I think today might be the day. Happy New Year!

  11. Beautiful studio! And even better ideas and advice for getting the New Year off to the right start :o) Have A Happy & Artful New Year!

  12. I agree 100 % with what Judith said;

    "I want to say that I edmire your creativity and your energy and the happy way you do all the things you do,"



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