Trying to Get Back to Painting

As some of you know, we’ve gone through some major renovations in our home. Last May my 91 year old father moved in with us but before that was possible we had to create an apartment for him in our basement. That meant moving my husband’s office (he works from home) from the basement to the the second floor where my art studio used to be and moving my art studio to the far end of my bedroom.

I managed to rearrange some of my art and actually got it up on the walls but I had boxes of paper that needed to be shredded and filed. My art supplies are in piles all around the drawing table and the drawing table is covered with more art supplies and my computer. I’m purging my closet of clothes I don’t wear anymore and some craft supplies that I will never use.

A few weeks ago I got my filing cabinet built and I’ve been slowly filling it up with only the essentials. I’ve literally shredded enough old bills to fill five recycling bags. I’ve bought a new desk from IKEA and now I need to assemble it. That’s my next project. Once that’s done I’ll have a new space for my computer and writing supplies and a new surface to sew from. Wish me luck. I’m hoping to get this all organized before Christmas.

Do you have a renovation that’s keeping you from doing what you love to do? Maybe you have some tips to share with those of us who are struggling to get things done. I don’t know what my excuse is, especially since I’m retired.

6 thoughts on “Trying to Get Back to Painting

  1. I’m impressed! I’ve been TRYING to get organized my entire life. It’s easy for me to organize other people but when it comes to my own stuff I see the “potential” and don’t want to get rid of it. Since retiring I’ve made some progress but your list sounds a lot like mine. If you can get it all done by Christmas I’ll be inspired. You go girl!


  2. I can totally relate! One thing pulls you away from creating and then as every day passes it gets harder and harder to get back to it. My advice – grab your sketchbook and sit anywhere – couch in front of the tv – and start doodling anything. Once you get going you’ll get pulled back in! Then it won’t matter where you create or if your space is ready. 🙂


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