Well, here we go! Are you ready for Task One of this year’s Final Countdown? If you missed all the details from yesterday’s post, you can find them HERE. I hope you’ll join us.
Some years I take it kind of easy on us, some years I don’t. This year I’m not making it super easy, mainly because I need some tough love for my own sake. (Basically, I do the things I myself need to do, and just drag you all along with me. Thank you for joining me!)
Also, all of this year’s tasks are repeats from years past, but again — it’s because they really need to be, at least for me. If you’re like me, then you need them, too. And if you don’t, then I’m giving you an out by allowing you to pick your own tasks that fit your particular situation better.
Before we start, I want to let you know that I made a page for all the past Final Countdown tasks, so they’re all in one place, and easy for you to find. If you need to pick a task different than the one I’m handing out, you can look through past Final Countdown posts, and see if any of those tickle your fancy. You can find them all HERE.
And with that, let’s jump right in!
Our first task is:
I purposely avoided this one in last year’s Final Countdown, and altho I’ve offered it up during the Studio Organizing Challenges occasionally, it’s time to once again face the demon that is my cutting table, and go into the new year with it all cleaned off. I can’t remember the last time I had it clean and clear, but I sure want to have it that way again before the new year starts. It’ll make me feel so much better.
Here’s its current state:
I mentioned in the last couple of Studio Organizing Challenges that I had counted the projects on the cutting table, and the number is completely ridiculous. I’m planning to clear it off so that only 5 projects or less are on that surface. Wish me luck!
You can see that the mess spills over to the floor underneath, and beyond to the ironing board. And what you can’t see is the pile beside my sewing machine. And . . . there are some stacks of boxes and bins in the floor on the other side, too. I could say I simply need a bigger room, but what I really need is less stuff!
I know from past experience that I won’t be able to keep my cutting table cleared off for long, but I can again say I’d like to try. And if I succeed, no one will be more shocked than I!
If you had asked me last week if I made much progress in the past year on trying to get organized, I’d have snorted and said, “Nope!”, but thinking back and looking around, I realize I actually did pretty good.
There used to be boxes downstairs of things that needed to be in the studio. Those are all now upstairs, unpacked, and not only that, but the spare room I was chucking it all into is now only half as full as it was a year ago! That is seriously some major progress, so I feel like I need to give myself a little bit of credit for that.
But on the down side, I still have piles everywhere, and in all the cleaning I did, I found waaaaay more UFOs, fabric, scraps, and paper to deal with. And I did periodically deal with all of it on some level. Things have not gotten worse, but they’re still a long way from where I want them to be. Which is why I still get to do this Final Countdown every year!
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret wish/goal of mine, that I’ve been slowly working toward for the last couple years:
My main goal for my entire house is Clear Floors.
I want every single room in my house to have minimal items on the floor. Less furniture, no goo-gahs, no boxes, no stuff — clear, clean floors in every room. And then I want to buy a robot floor cleaner to keep them clean for me! That’s going to be my reward for finally reaching this goal. And to that end, I got rid of a LOT of stuff over the past year. I would love to repeat that again this coming year.
But I digress, because that has nothing to do with my cutting table, although my cutting table does continually prove my inability to keep surfaces clear, so the clear-floor thing may be a long time coming yet! Haha!
As I’m cleaning my cutting table off, here are some things I’ll be considering, so you can consider these same things for yourself, if they apply:
Here are links to past challenges where I’ve used this same task. If you need some more ideas and inspiration for what to do about your flat surfaces, or how to go about tackling this task, you could revisit some of these:
If nothing else, you can see the evolution of my cutting table messes over the last 12 years, and then wonder how there’s any hope for me this year, if nothing has ever worked in the past. Frankly, I’m surprised all my preaching on the subject hasn’t taken to my ownself a bit better by now! I’ll be using some of those ideas to help myself this time . . . again. Isn’t it high time I practice what I preach??
How about you? Over the years, have you finally worked out a system of keeping your main work surface clean? Or does a neat workspace still elude you, like it does me?
Is this a task you need to do, yet again? Do you think we can come up with a system for keeping it clean? I think that may be the hardest part. I get quite “involved” in my work — haha!
I’d love to hear from you in the comments, and remember, simply by leaving a comment, you’re eligible for the prizes when this is all over. There are usually some really good suggestions and ideas offered in the comments, so I’m excited to see how you’re all tackling this one.
And check back for Task Two tomorrow!