Studio Tour

by Mandi Ainsworth on July 6, 2011

A month after I shot my candid, ridiculously unorganized, apartment studio last spring, my husband and I started to look for our first house. So, my organization vacation was a great opportunity to purge all the things I wasn’t using, and organize all my beads. I was grateful for the head start, and now that they drywall is patched and the everything is labeled, I am happy to show you the results.

I could never have done this without my class with Gayle Goddard, the Clutter Fairy for 2 reasons:

  1. I’m a free-spirit, and I like the idea of whirlwind bouts of art-making. Problems arose when I couldn’t find anything and had no room for new supplies. Gayle helped me realize how much more creative and productive I can be if I placed a few limits on my whirlwind. Now, my organized materials surround and inspire me, and being in my studio beading makes me happy and not stressed.

  2. Even with my realization, I needed a plan of attack. When I look at my before video, I cringe to think how much worse it could have gotten because I didn’t know where to start. Gayle showed me step by step how to kill my closet clutter and get organized. Her philosophy about organizing beads and art supplies helps it stay that way.

Tomorrow on the podcast, Gayle and I discuss how she started her business, why it’s important to be organized, more about her philosophy, and our upcoming online class: Organizing your Bead Space for a Creative Explosion. Stay tuned for more organizing goodness!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Marilyn Southmayd aka G-Ma July 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Love your cool room. I still can’t find all of my stuff from the last move. LOL

Gayle Goddard July 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Hi Mandy! What a great “after” studio you have there! I love to see the literature sorters in use, and the racks with the bead tubes also. You did a great job making it your own, but managing the pieces so you can truly be creative! I’m really proud of you and your results.

Nancy Dale July 7, 2011 at 3:25 am

Wow, Mandy! What a glorious place to work, not only with your organization, but the space itself is so cozy and inviting the way you have it set up!! Thanks so much for sharing your space! ~N

Janie Warnick July 7, 2011 at 4:04 am

What an incredible studio you’ve created! My very favorite thing is the wonderful purple tiger who’s keeping an eye on everything from his perch near the ceiling.

Mandi Ainsworth July 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Marilyn, it’s amazing what you find when you go through EVERYTHING lol :)

Thanks, Gayle! I feel great about the results.

Nancy, before we even closed on the house I was looking at paint samples, hehe. It’s a dream come true.

Thanks, Janie! Yup he’s a cutie. He needs a name tho, hehe.

Thanks for commenting, everyone!

Pam Chesbro July 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I LOVE purple, it makes me so happy. Good job. I hope to achieve this someday. I have the messy space….now what to do?

Mandi Ainsworth July 8, 2011 at 5:47 am

Pam, I’m glad to meet another purple lover! I love butterflies, too and that red and black butterfly set on your website is beautiful :) As for the messy space, I would be really excited if you would join us for the class! I will be posting more details today. Thanks for commenting!

AlexDFox July 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Very Sweet!

The new organization looks good. I love the color scheme of purple & orange. Very festive. It looks like you have lots of room to relax & work. :) I like the windows too.

I have also just gone through a major overhall of my room, but now I just need to set up my light table. :)

Maureen July 12, 2011 at 4:35 am

WOW! You really are amazing! I absolutely love everything you did. A really great inspiration is what this is to me. Thanks for sharing.

Mandi Ainsworth July 12, 2011 at 5:12 am

Thanks Alex! I would love to see a pic of what your room looks like : )

Maureen, thank you so much for the kind words, and I’m so glad you were inspired!

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