Tidying Up Those Random Projects


Organizing multiple art projects by April Sproule

   Even though I try to finish one thing at a time, it seldom works out that way.  

   I am usually working on several projects in different stages of completion. Things get put on hold for a variety of reasons. But it really drives me crazy to have all those projects piling up around me. Pieces get lost, migrate around my studio, and I can’t find all the parts. I also have this thing about putting those projects away in a cupboard or somewhere where they will probably never see the light of day.

   This is what I did to resolve the problem. Instead of having lots of piles covering every available surface in my studio, as in the photo above, I organized each grouping into a neat pile. Before I had used large sheets of paper to separate the piles, but this doesn't work very well if your projects aren't perfectly flat. This time, I used those great USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes, still flattened out, of which I had several sitting around. I put a flat box beneath each project when sorting and then stack the projects up one on top of the other. The rigidity of the flattened box also makes it easy to access and move your chosen project to a work area when necessary.

   I can't tell you how helpful this is. Now I have all those projects stacked neatly in a pile that's only 19" x 14" x 2" deep. Not only are those big piles of stuff scattered everywhere gone, but all the bits and pieces for each project are intact. If you leave projects that way for a long period of time, you could add a sheet of acid free tissue paper on the bottom and top of each section.  

Project Organization before and after by April Sproule

  Now I can easily choose the project I need when time allows and know everything is there in one place. My problem is solved!