{Inspiration Workshop! — Organization}

Helloooooooo there! Welcome to the Inspiration Workshop!, a monthly linky party where we share our take on the scheduled prompt. This month we’re chatting about ORGANIZATION, which makes me crazy excited!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with :] Wanna join us? See the end of this post for instructions on how to link up with us + how to receive our monthly newsletter.

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This month’s prompt has me all crazy excited because there are so many easy, fun, colorful ways to stay organized. Without a lot of hassle, might I add! I’m going to steer my focus on the craft room because, well, that is what catches my attention the quickest. COLOR is one of my favorite “accessories” and everything I’ve found for this post is just bursting with it… it’s so fun!

Some might say to save the best for last, I say SHOW ME THE BEST FIRST! Whenever I have the chance to peek into a craft room I take it! So let’s start with this gorgeous space… Isn’t it lovely?! Tell me you agree! {If you disagree, lie to me and say you agree, hah!} The three separate work spaces, the hidden drawers, the cubbies up above, the rolling chairs {with pockets on the backside?!}, the giant built-in bookshelf to the left, and of course the large floorspace for larger projects. Such a dream room! I’m drawn to the white base and the pops of color. I think this room is set up to be a homeschool room, but I love it even more for a craft room ;]


Cutest pink baskets on the wall, perfect for larger fabric scraps, holding patterns… or just being cute!

the lovely cupboard

Glass jars are truly one of my favorite ways to stay organized. We use a few in the studio + packaging room, for empty spools of thread and storing ribbon. I LOVE them, and how easy it is to see inside. And that I can seriously toss something in but because it’s organized by material type it doesn’t look organized. But it is. Don’t let it fool you… It’s unorganizedly organized.

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Alternatively titled: The perfect packaging station assistant ;]


Old wooden crates, such a fantastic fabric bolt storage solution. And don’t worry, if your fabric stash runs out you can always go buy more! tee hehe…


Hold me. Do you know how many things I could store in here? Oh, let me make a quick list for you. Needles, for hand + machine sewing. Thread. Bobbins. Scissors. Machine feet. Binding. Gussy tags. Extra pins. More thread. More needles. Buttons. A measuring tape. And then the rest of the drawers would be for my chocolate collection ;] My gooooodness! this makes me want to search out an antique store just to find one yesterday! So lovely!!! If you have one of these babies I’m totally jealous.

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And lastly, inspiration boards are seriously one of my favorite things. I love them for inside the studio and near my desk. But, don’t let me fool you… I forget to update it as the seasons change and I’m so good at saying I will today but then an entire monthly passes me by… and it still sits unchanged. Maybe that’s a bad thing? I like to see it as a good thing :]

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SHARE WITH US: What organizational tip do you secretly keep? What do you rely on often to keep your workspace or home clean? Or, does the word “organized” make you laugh?! –wink!

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is ORGANIZATION!
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{how a filing cabinet is changing the course of my biz…}

sometimes the easiest way to follow through with a new idea is to simply follow through! just the act of starting it can make nearly everything else fall into place.

there are some tasks that i know would be super great for my business if i could just follow through with them, but there are many times where “following through” is where i constantly mess up… it’s terrible! if i could just accomplish it, make it happen, check that baby OFF my list (!) i’d be 99% done with that task. but getting there, that’s the hard part {unfortunately}. do you feel the same way?! ever?

for months i’ve talked about getting a filing cabinet for Gussy Sews. we have one for our family stuff, and now that Gussy Sews, LLC has been in biz for almost 2 years now ~ it’s time. actually, it was time months ago {hangs head in shame}.

2012 is going to THE YEAR for taking action. i feel like i’m finally accomplishing those “difficult” tasks and even though it’s only february it’s got me on fire. say it with me, yeow!

to be honest, i was feeling really pathetic mentioning so often, if only i had a filing cabinet, then ____ would be better! looks like i took care of that “issue”; there’s nothing holding me back now ;D

having a filing cabinet is changing the course of my business. following up on a for-sale ad on a used filing cabinet has made so many trouble areas disappear. taking action is like the “mr. clean” for your business. i love it!

having a home business is tricky. if you have one i applaud you!!! my husband and i are constantly having “Gussy Meetings” to formulate new plans and talk about new ideas. but there’s a lot more paperwork and supplies needed, way more that i ever thought. now that my office has moved to the living room it’s even more important to stay organized so the business can stay on the path that’s right for me.

sounds simple, but the impact following through has is huge.

i’ve decided to keep the file folders i use DAILY on a simple file rack on top of my desk, along with my new idea + organizational book and the printer. other things you’ll find: a cute pen cup, a stack of sticky notes and in-use sticky notes.

everything else goes in the filing cabinet: my dSLR, envelopes, more sticky notes, paper clips + other basic office supplies, along with nearly two dozen file folders organizing sales, projects, tax information and the like. i can quickly find what i need and even more hide it again, all while staying organized. it’s changing my life!

call me a dork, but i’m super excited :]

what one thing that you’re waiting to start is holding up progress in other areas?

{what does your office desk look like?}

I know there are a couple different viewpoints on how an office desk should look. And I know, you probably know exactly how yours looks right now… and you’re probably thinking, Yep, and I’m happy with how it looks.

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But I’ve still got something to share with you ;] I’m pretty sure I’ve found the best “look” for my office desk. Wanna know what that means?!

My office desk needs to be clean + organized with most of my quirky, inspirational decorations hanging from my Inspiration Board, not on my desk. I need to have only the essentials out with plenty of room for my coffee cup ;]

I used to think that my desk should be messy. For me, this meant papers everywhere, multiple projects, receipts, checkbook registers, to-do lists and invoices {yikes!} all intermixed. But honestly, the longer it went on like that the more overwhelmed, or frustrated, I felt. And ultimately, the quicker I felt like I didn’t know how to “do handmade” for a living because HELLO! MY LIFE IS A MESS! Or at least that’s how it seemed.

Eventually I came to think that maybe all of those messy “things” should be put away.

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Shortly before thinking that I heard someone say that the state of your office desk is a near-direct reflection of the growth + financial success of the business your office desk is representing. Or something like that ;]

For Gussy Sews, I’ve decided that’s absolutely true.

Now wait just a minute… What I’m NOT saying here is that my studio or dining room table is clean + organized. Those places are for creative working where messes and unkempt-ness helps drive growth {and financial success}. And those two things are so important, for every business.

Continuing this thought ~ understanding what goes out each month so we know what we need to bring in each month is critical for growth. I have a pretty good memory, but too often I was feeling so overwhelmed that I couldn’t even think.


Yep. Awkward.

So to fix this I cleaned up my office desk, bought a filing cabinet {and stopped using our family filing cabinet}, and commit to leaving work each evening with a clean + organized desk.

What are your thoughts? Do you disagree? Do you wholeheartedly agree? Do you think it doesn’t matter? Or is your desk so messy that you can’t even remember what I just asked you…