Spring Studio Makeover

Here's the model I ended up going with. I'm loving it so far!

Here's the model I ended up going with. I'm loving it so far!

This year, I'm going to be working on an enormous project (which I still can't talk about yet--you guys are being so patient!), and the idea of spending hours and hours and hours hunching over the regular table I've had for years makes my back hurt just thinking about it. This means it was time for... (drumroll please)... a real, big kid drafting table!

My studio is pretty small--it's a room in our house, about 110 square feet. (Though I feel super lucky to have a dedicated space at all!) I wanted to keep my old table, which I'll use for computer work and wrapping up orders. This means it was time to get creative about how to rearrange things to also accommodate a 42" drafting table. In addition, I have a closet that--shocker, I know--was a total black hole of craft supplies, mailing supplies, and show display stuff!

As I discussed in my last post, I also just made the transition to full-time artisthood, and wanted to really think about functionality for working and playing in this space full time. It was time to get everything in order and figure out how to maximize my space!

So, to show you what's new, I'll share a set of before and after photos, the main changes I've made which have improved my workflow, some dreamy workspace inspiration photos (because who doesn't love those??), and end the post with a list of my studio must-haves!

BEFORE (MEH)

One table, a bunch of dead space in between that bookshelf and the desk, lots of cords all over the place, and a pit for a closet. I liked the old studio a lot, but there were definitely changes I wanted to make!

AFTER (YAY)

The crossstitch in this photo is from Snitches Get Stitched, the Boise postcard is from Melanie Folwell, and the beehive print is from Jesiiii.

The crossstitch in this photo is from Snitches Get Stitched, the Boise postcard is from Melanie Folwell, and the beehive print is from Jesiiii.

This is my "real life Pinterest board," as Nate calls it! I made it to hang above my drafting table for extra inspiration. It's got my favorite girl bosses--Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Claire L. Evans of the band YACHT--plus a bunch of my favorite illustrated and design-y quotes and some yoga photos to keep me motivated to hop on the mat when I'm done working.

This is my "real life Pinterest board," as Nate calls it! I made it to hang above my drafting table for extra inspiration. It's got my favorite girl bosses--Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Claire L. Evans of the band YACHT--plus a bunch of my favorite illustrated and design-y quotes and some yoga photos to keep me motivated to hop on the mat when I'm done working.

THE CHANGES THAT HAVE IMPROVED MY WORKFLOW THE MOST

I'm in love with the new layout. It's so much more functional and less filled with clutter! My workflow has improved vastly, just from doing the following things:

  1. Creating more dedicated spaces for categories of supplies. Now, all my mailing supplies live in the closet, my current works-in-progress have their own home on a distinct shelf on the bookshelf, all my packaging materials get to hang out together in the same spot... it sounds so rudimentary, but it's amazing how much supplies explode into different corners of a room!
  2. Moving as much as possible to the closet (after creating space in said closet by organizing it!). I got a couple of filing cabinets for shipping envelopes and some big bins for cardboard to reuse, packing paper, and other mailing supplies. All those things now live in the closet.
  3. Cozying up my reading space so I'm more inclined to take breaks IN my studio instead of wandering out and getting distracted. My reading chair looks so inviting, and I'm finding it makes me want to take an actual break IN my studio. This is actually pretty crucial, since I work from home. Before, I would take breaks outside my studio--and end up watching TV, or getting distracted by any number of other attention-grabbers. This way, I stay in the zone while giving my brain a rest. It works so much better!
Shiny AND fuzzy blankets > ALL OTHER BLANKETS. This one's from Target, the fuzzy pillow is from Amazon, and the jackalope pillow is from one of my favorite fellow makers, Laura Frisk!

Shiny AND fuzzy blankets > ALL OTHER BLANKETS. This one's from Target, the fuzzy pillow is from Amazon, and the jackalope pillow is from one of my favorite fellow makers, Laura Frisk!

The "This Girl Is on Fire" print is from Live Love Studio, and the "They Believe In You Too" print is from my shop. Two awesome motivators!

The "This Girl Is on Fire" print is from Live Love Studio, and the "They Believe In You Too" print is from my shop. Two awesome motivators!

MY STUDIO MUST-HAVES, OLD AND NEW

OLD

  • I thrifted these storage cubbies about a year ago to hold my notebooks and cards, and I don't know what I would do without them. They're good-looking storage that allows me to have a visual on my stock of each design. Hallelujah!
  • My scanner, which is an Epson V600 Perfection. It's brilliant. Highly recommended.
  • Christmas lights. They're an instant mood-booster for me!
  • Other people's art. Inspiration, perspective, and supporting my fellow makers? Yes please!

NEW

  • I got a DYMO label printer for shipping and glory hallelujah, I am NEVER going back. The thought of printing out shipping labels on paper, cutting them out, taping them on, and buying ink cartridges willy-nilly makes me so sad now.
  • The model of drafting table I got can be found here. I love it so far! And no one is paying me to say that. I just like to talk shop.
  • A great reading space. I've fallen in love with business & self-development books over the past few months and end every workday by reading one for 30 minutes.
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What are your workspace must-haves? Have you made any life-changing breakthroughs in organization or rearranging? Drop me a line and let this total workspace geek know. I will happily nerd out over it with you. :)

Cheers,

Kate

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