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Organizing Your Stuff – Part One
What to do when it can’t be done like the home shows on cable tv – if it isn’t dragging it out into the yard and throwing nearly all of it away, this is a how-to option about organization of useful stuff, especially in small spaces. Video by cricketdiane – june 2009.

Cricket House Studios – CricketDiane Organizing Video – 1 – (Introduction – more to come)

cricketdiane09 06 18 09 Organizing Video 1

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Organizing Your Stuff – Part One
What to do when it can’t be done like the home shows on cable tv – if it isn’t dragging it out into the yard and throwing nearly all of it away, this is a how-to option about organization of useful stuff, especially in small spaces. Video by cricketdiane – june 2009.

Cricket House Studios – CricketDiane Organizing Video – 2- (Introduction – more to come)

cricketdiane09 06 18 09 Organizing Video 2

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My Note –

This is a starting place for a video I’m making about organizing a space which has become over-run with stuff. In this case, the way video shows on the tele do it will not be appropriate because a.)  I don’t have a yard to drag it into like they do on the cable shows, b.) I don’t have the money to replace it after they throw it away, give it away or sell it for a dollar at a yard sale and c.)  I use the stuff that has accumulated in this area as other areas were being organized.

Intentionally light-hearted and off-the-cuff, this video is nearly unscripted but I did write the first sentence down so I’d know where to start. There are places for these things to be used in art areas, computer areas and easily accessible shelves which the next step-by-step sequences of video clips will cover as the process of organizing it unfolds. This is specifically for people who don’t have the money to throw things away, then run to the store to buy another screwdriver to replace the one that was available but in the way.

Since I have a studio, business office, research facility, secretarial pool of one, shipping and packaging team of one and executive offices (also of one) which all exist in the same small space, it needs to be organized and fluid to be realistic and practical. Things aren’t useful if I can’t find them or get my hands on them at the point in the project when I need them which is partly how they became disorganized in the first place.

Any stack of files that is in use presents a unique placement problem around here, particularly since other activities occur in the same spaces. I don’t need paint slinging on the paintings that are completed nor on the paperwork in stacks of files sitting nearby. It has to be given consideration as new organization systems are being constructed.

I finally gave up and put an entire set of canvases that are finished artworks up on top of the shelves where they can stand rather than taking space where a foot could catch them or hanging them on every wall. There are still stacks of paintings in the floor along walls but it is a divide and conquer thing now – some of them may have to find new homes in the community rather than being here.

Tools and me – it is just a thing, I know – but, they are hard to adequately set up for use and be out of the way at the same time. It is something that I’m going to explore while making this video because I really need a good solution that works for this one. I think I’ve had them everywhere from out in the open on shelves to under the kitchen cabinets, under tables, at the back of bookcases behind the books, in the closet sub-reaches under the hanging clothes and in stacked tool boxes along the walls. They are about to become an art thing that hangs on the wall simply out of the necessity of reaching them without having them under foot.

Tools are about the worst thing to have to go looking for – and it always happens in the middle of a project with the pieces held together in one hand while looking for the tools needed by rummaging around with the other hand and up to the elbows in some toolbox (under a table or in a closet floor or wherever.)

It ought to be a good video – sure is fun making it (so far – but I haven’t pulled stuff out from under the table yet, so . . . )

– cricketdiane, 06-19-09

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