I'm making progress! I took everything off my table, gave it a good scrub and replaced my work mats:
If you've never tried Meyer's Clean Day Basil Countertop Cleaner, scurry down to Target and buy yourself a bottle. Each spray is a refreshing burst of clean herbs. It will totally perk you up! I slowly replaced a limited selection of truly necessary items back on my workspace. I combined the tools in my AMM Tote-Ally Cool tool holder with those in my Pampered Chef tool-turn-about (which also needed a good scrub) and then spruced up the holder with rub-ons. I sealed the rub-ons by spraying Krylon Workable Fixativ on the tool-turn-about:
I added my "Scraps" bin. I find it so much easier to have a big bin on my table when I'm working. As I'm done with paper, punches, tools, etc. I toss them into my bin. It keeps my workspace clean as I work. When I'm done with the project, I clean out my scraps bin and I'm ready to work on something new!
I added a cleaning station -- paper towels, baby wipes, scrubbing pad, stamp cleaner. The paper towel rack is from Ballard Designs and I have had it for years:
Then, I started working on my additional work stations. I need a place to trim paper. I can't stand having a paper trimmer on my primary workspace, so I cleared off my old IKEA rolling cabinet and did this:
I purged a ton of old paper trimmers and narrowed it down to these two and my trusty Super-Carl (it cuts matboard and 30 sheets of paper at once!). Carl is stored in one of my long drawers, but these two trimmers are used every time I scrapbook.
I cleaned up the shelves on my papertrimming station and added my Diamond Glaze, brush cleaner and paint brushes. I purged a bunch of old liquids I never use - crappy stamp cleaners, 4 spray bottles of Future floor wax (remember when that was all the rage?), walnut ink in spray bottles, etc.:
I tidied my little pink desk that I use as my computer workstation:
I still need to set up a sewing center, but that can wait for right now. I've made peace with the fact that my sewing machine has bit the big one (it no longer zig zags and the feeder feet don't work) and I'm ready to trash it and get a new one. I'm still in research mode, so I can hold off on creating a workspace for it.
Thank you to everyone who made suggestions for a new work table. I think I'm going to follow up on the IKEA Lagan Countertop and place it on top of the Target cubes. I could really use the storage space and I would love to have something that's not quite so dark. I need to sit down with some butcher paper and cut out patterns to see exactly what size I want it to be... I won't be getting it this week, but hopefully in the next month.
Remember that we're organizing "Paper and Inks" next week (starting Saturday). I can't wait to cull my paper and inks and get them into something more manageable!
If you've taken "before" and "after" pics of your "Work Zones" studio clean-up, be sure to send me pics! I'd love to see them!
Keep on cleaning!