BCP 05 | Talking Organization with the Clutter Fairy

by Mandi Ainsworth on July 7, 2011



In this episode, I talk with Gayle Goddard, the Clutter Fairy, who teaches people how to be more creative and productive through organization. We discuss why its important to be organized, her unique perspective on studio organization, and give a bit of a class preview. I hope you enjoy the interview!

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If you need help organizing your bead stash from start to finish, register for the July 12th online class: Organizing Your Bead Space for a Creative Explosion.

What do you think? Tell us about your bead space. Organized Chaos, Spotless, or Pit of Doom? Favorite Organizer? Color Scheme? We’d love to hear from you!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lexi July 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The queen of craft (and other) organizing!

Gayle really helped us organize our beading and rubberstamping into a way that we could maintain and FIND things. She had valid suggestions for crafters of every size!

Mandi Ainsworth July 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

Gayle definitely works magic! I love what she did for you and Karen, and like I’ve said on the blog, your space is one of my favorite places to bead : ) Thanks for commenting, Lexi!

Karen July 8, 2011 at 6:21 am

Gayle has given me so much. When she walked into our space, she gave me hope! I thought that we needed to get rid of a lot of our stash because it just wouldn’t fit into the space. She showed me that we had room for everything and some room to expand. She also showed me how to use the organizing tools that I already had in a much more efficient way. She also taught me that it is ok to say, “I don’t know why I bought this, I will pass it on to someone who might want it.” Finally, she has an awesome method for storing unfinished projects so that you can put your hands on everything you need to finish the project quickly.

Gwen July 8, 2011 at 6:42 am

Gayle worked a real miracle in my studio. She really helped me think about organization in a different way. She helped reorganize and rearrange my studio in such a way that day-to-day upkeep is easy. Prior to Gayle’s “intervention”, my studio did not feed my creativity. Today is a different story – I look forward to working in my studio everyday!! Thanks Gayle!!

Mandi Ainsworth July 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

Karen and Gwen, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us! It’s an amazing feeling to be able to find what you need, and look forward to working in your space.

Julie Vasquez July 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

Gayle hasn’t organized my craft area yet but she has done our law office. It took the two of us Four Days (lawyers were on vacation) to accomplish this major undertaking. I’m in a much better frame of mind here at the office. Three months later and it still looks lovely. So I can only imagine what my studio will look like when she comes.

Mandi Ainsworth July 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

Julie, I remember the photos you posted of your office and how much happier you were with the changes. I’m glad its still working for you, and I’m excited to see what happens in your craft room! Thanks for sharing : )

Mary July 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I discovered your site via a Beading Daily comment that had your url. Your site is truly amazing. I enjoyed the podcast with Gayle and have clicking on all your additional categories. They have put me in touch with lots of interesting and helpful beading sites as well as yours. You’re one of my “favorites” now–keep up the great work.

Mandi Ainsworth July 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Mary, thanks so much for your kind words and I’m glad you are enjoying the site!

Veils by M August 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

I love these tips and I will use them for the rest of my sewing supplies. But, for my beading supplies, I asked for (and received) a garage tool chest for Christmas. I lay out all my tubes and viles keeping the colors together. All my tools are layed out. I’ve tagged the drawers as to what is in them; i.e., white beads, tools, string, etc. It has 8 or 10 large shallow drawers perfect for it. I also rolls around, so I can keep it close when I’m beading and then push it back at the end of the day. Hope someone can use this tip or at least get a laugh out of it like my husband did!

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