Monday, January 21, 2008

One thing leads to another

So this is how cleaning my studio went today — I guess I'll store some of these things in the closet...oh, but there's no more room in the closet...hmmm, I guess I'll move some of the stuff in the closet into the basement...oh, but there's no room in the basement. I guess I better clean the basement.

I keep things. If they're useful, I think, oh, I'll use them someday; if they're not useful, I think, oh, some day they'll figure out how to recycle it. And although The Good Prince is not a pack rat, he's not The Organized Prince. This means we leave a trail of what most people would probably consider garbage strewn about, until I finally, absolutely, must, must, must do something about it.

So I've cleared out some boxes. Boxes for ancient computers and monitors we no longer have. Other more useful sizes, I've flattened and stowed against the wall. It's not spic and span, but it will do for now. And now I have a clear table top space where I HOPE to start working on my LO piece soon. I heard from another artist who's also doing the LO show and she's well into her piece already.

As a demonstration of how long I do keep things, this is a towel I inherited from my younger sister back in '87, '88:



However, it only looks like a towel, but it's really a bath mat now, thanks to the magic of the serger!

It had gotten pretty thin over the years and fell out of favor as a bath towel. So today, it was turned into a bathroom mat, and it will be much appreciated as a bath mat. The serger has been the most useful acquisition, and I'm about to go mend another towel that has frayed along the edges...

6 comments:

Michael5000 said...

Some people consider the task of rearranging a storage space the penance for accumulating things.

I consider it one of the many benefits of accumulating things.

So. Satisfying.

fingerstothebone said...

Sooooo, you like to accumulate things, huh? We should talk, I may have a few things for YOU!

Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope that you have gotten rid of my bike! Recycle, donate things while they are still usable, by someone else.

Shumei

Bridget B. said...

I agree that there is this kind of joy and horror about organizing. It's so satisfying, but it can be so difficult to get started and then to let things go - particularly when you are of a creative bent and can see the obvious potential in almost everything!

Michael5000 said...

I just kind of like things.

fingerstothebone said...

Shumei -- sadly, I still have the bike! It's now keeping company with Mike's bike.

M5000 -- so what kind of things do you like? I'm still hoping that I can perhaps unload some things on you...

Have been too busy reorganizing and cleaning to partake in the quizzes, not to mention that I seem to be getting worse and worse at them. Maybe next Monday I'll be back, after I lick my wounds from the last 10 quizzes or so.