Whether you love to shoot gorgeous photographs; design and build awesome scrapbooks; or paint glorious technicolors on a gigantic canvas, you know the importance of having a home studio – and how challenging it can be to keep that workspace clean and organized.
For professionals and eager amateurs alike, having a private workstation can make a world of difference when it comes to pursuing your passions. Having a dedicated room or area where you can go to practice your craft can help you get inspired and focus in. The cleaner and tidier this space, the easier it will be to concentrate and get work done. In fact, study after study has shown that having a clean space helps you to feel less stress, make healthier choices, and perform at your highest level!
Looking to reclaim your art studio or craft room from clutter and messes? Here are five important steps you can take right now:
Take an Inventory, Get Rid of Clutter, and Get Organized
As an artist, you know what it’s like to be right-brained. Often, following your creative muses wherever they lead you can cause a fair bit of debris and clutter to get left behind. Over time, a cramped and cluttered studio can make it harder to focus and get things done.
To totally refresh this space, start by going through everything you have and taking an inventory. Work category by category – say, starting with unused paint brushes, then moving onto files and papers, and so on. With each category, spend time sorting items into different piles – one for things to keep, one for things to throw away, and one for things that can be donated or recycled. Be thoughtful, but not too precious. The more clutter you get rid of now, the more free space you’ll have to be creative tomorrow!
Once you’ve taken stock and decluttered, think of ways to organize all the stuff you’ve decided to keep. Be creative and playful as you research ways to maximize your space! From building your own DIY storage crates to upcycling old bottles and cans into chic and functional new containers, the only limit is your imagination.
Bring In Sunlight and Fresh Air
If you have windows in your workspace, make sure they’re clean and clear by giving them a regular cleaning – including your blinds and drapes. To help keep fresh air circulating throughout the space, clean your air vents on a regular basis; clear the dust off of your ceiling fans; and consider bringing in houseplants and your favorite candles or essential oil diffusers to keep the area smelling and feeling fresh.
Safely Dispose of Hazardous Materials
Cleaning out your art studio may cause you to come across some old, forgotten chemicals – many of which may require specialized handling. Before getting rid of paints, oils, cleaning products, and solvents, be sure to read the instructions very carefully. Some products may need to be driven to a special facility; others may be disposed of, as long as they’re kept separate from other waste and refuse. As always, be sure to also look into what containers and materials can be recycled to help minimize waste, and which should be simply thrown away.
Get Rid of Paint Stains
Working on projects with paint can lead to splatters, drips, and drops all over the place. When it’s time to freshen up your creative space, be sure to spend some time looking for paint stains – and do what you can do to remove them! Many types of paint marks can be removed with store-bought paint removing gels or pastes, or a gentle scraping with a store-bought tool. You can also look into home remedies – such as olive oil, alcohol, and detergent – based on the type of paint and the surface material. As always, be incredibly careful to make sure you’re not damaging the surface. When in doubt, reach out to a trusted cleaning professional near you!
Buff Out Scuffs and Scratch Marks
Whether you’re moving your painting easel or rearranging heavy crates of supplies, there’s a high likelihood that you’ve left a few scrapes, scuff marks, or scratches around your art space. Many minor scuff marks and scrapes can be cleaned away with a cloth, water, and a gentle cleaning solution such as dish soap or baking soda. “Magic Erasers” and other melamine sponges can also be used to buff out blemishes and scrapes.
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