1.09.2013

Diary of a Messy Desk.

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I bought a wooden letter sign for my desk.  
It is simply the letters "ETC".
Ironically, it is almost completely buried under the [beautiful] mess I call my 'work area'.

My desk is tucked into the back corner of the living room.
I bought it for like $35 at a yard sale a while back.  
It has lots of drawers.  And doesn't match any other kind of wood in the living room. 
So, it met my furniture criteria...and I bought it. 
Also, it weighs like 700 lbs.  
So, come storm or earthquake or flood...my desk will make it through:).

The mess kinda moves out from the epicenter. 
Drifts in all directions until Phil has a nervous breakdown.
And asks if I could please clean it up a bit...
you know, find the kids and dogs under the papers and drawing pads.  

And you won't believe the things I find in the rubble...
I lose my phone a lot in this part of the house. 
I found my sparkly perfume here the other day.
And my earrings. 
A monster high doll.
A diet coke can from 2006.
A baggie full of change. 
And 402 Amy Tangerine daybooks.

The funny thing is, I work well in the mess...
It is 'organized confusion.' (crediting Phil for that little mantra)
I'm not sure if I could sum up my days in a better way:).  
I'm an organized mess.

So, I embrace the mess, clutter, disaster area.
Until I actually have to rope it off with caution tape, I will just accept the fact that in creating, 
messes are made...
but so are treasures.

What is the story of your desk/ work area??...
Messy? Tidy? Where is your desk?  
Is it covered in 'creating' right now:)?

PS...
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60 comments:

  1. Too crazy Krista!!!!! But whatever works for you and allows you to create amazing images all the time. So be it~!!!(Shhhh just clean up a little for Phil, once in awhile) Hahaha

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  2. This looks exactly like my desk looks like after a 'crafty' session! I'm using our dining room table right now so I have to tidy it up after having a manic stamp and colour session - and that has stopped it from turning into a nightmare - am trying to be tidyer but I think creative geniuses have messy desks lol! thank you for sharing Karen x

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  3. This could be a photo of my studio! I am always working in a complete mess! Mostly it is because I am so busy with a full time job of teaching that I don't have the time to clean up after I'm finished working. I'd rather pass out than clean for another half hour! But I totally get the organized chaos aspect. I still know where everything is and if someone touches any of it they will be on my bad side for a while. :)

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  4. I am going to use your quote "I am a organized mess". And yes mine looks like yours and I mean JUST like yours. But now I have a come back whenever someone says anything to me. Thanks for the pictures it makes me feel a lot better knowing I am not the only one. Hugs Linda

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  5. I think we're all individuals - R is always tidying my things from round the house but in my room he doesn't touch anything. There is organisation in there - but I can't always find where I organised it to!
    Paula (PEP)

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  6. my desk gets pretty buried! i have a table that i create on in my 'craft' room, it gets pretty insane. i tell hubby that at least i know where everything is. i am pretty sure that he thinks i am crazy but i do. i can find just about anything in it....i love a organized mess...lol. best way to create sometimes! Besides, by the time u clean it all up and then haul it out again, i am wasting precious time!

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  7. I actually got my very own craft room makeover last Spring and it is GORGEOUS!! Like in a gorgeous mess!!!!! LOL!!! I do have places for everything but have found that I absolutely work better in a huge mess!!! So yep, my desk looks almost like yours, I'm working on Save the Date Cards for my daughters wedding!!! My desk (counter top) has seating for two and Kaitlyn has taken over the other side... Oh baby, she is a messy crafter and is happy as can be!!!!! We also laid "pretend" wood flooring and it is the best ever!!! Fingerpaint and markers wash right up!!!! Have fun in your mess.... it's the best!!!
    Hugs,
    Teri

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  8. That's nothing, sista! You should see the pile of paper on the floor by my desk! I may need heavy machinery to move it soon! Lol It would be do much easier to put the scraps away as I make each card but I'm a lazy crafter. Maybe 2013 will finally be my year to get organized... :-) Thanks for sharing your organized chaos!
    {hugs}
    Regan

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  9. That looks like my coffee table at the moment! I have been looking for a desk but until i do, our coffee table or dining room table is where I've been working. My coffee table is covered in feathers and polymer clay, haha! I love your work space, and all of the file cabinets you've got!

    evon

    http://www.evon-von.com

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  10. Krista did you sneak into my living room? Mine is exactly the same. The mess rediates out and away from my desk but I know where everything is! The husband never complains. Luckily everybody enters through the garage and usually never make it to that part of the house! At least now I know I'm not the only one! TFS

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  11. Inside this super messy crafter is an organized "everything in its place" and "I know all the stuff I have and where it is" crafter. But until she pops out of my middle like Alien, I will continue my messy crafting because it's how I roll.

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  12. it looks like my craftroom most the time.... lol.. mess everywhere.. and when you do tidy you can not find anything your after... lol...
    mine is tidyish at the min.. but only because I am busy doing a new forum.. as old one is coming to the end of its existence on that server .... can not afford to keep paying... so over to a free forum we go... lol... but once I start again I know it will look like this... there is just something comforting in the mess.... lol
    kaz_za

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  13. Oh, my desk is usually such a mess too! But it's not as easy to create something when it's clean and tidy. )))
    I love the "organized confusion"!!

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  14. I work best in "Organized Confusion" too. My desk is messy and I love it that way! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  15. In art school, I once had a teacher say to me, "You know, one of these days I'm going to come to your desk and find you working INSIDE it because you will have run out of space on top." I tend to pile stuff around my clear center space, starting out pretty far away, but gradually encroaching, piling, towering, until it topples over and buries me. I think most creative people have a messy streak. Fortunately mine is kept in check by my need to organize (sort, label, file - obsessively.) I thrive in chaos (with three kids under 8, I'd better!!) but eventually it reaches critical mass and I clean up. BTW- love the rhino. Do you ever stand up into it?

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  16. Well I think its just perfect hunny!!! ya'll know I am not so good at the keeping it tidy thing...Here’s my crafty desk…!!!! Lol!!

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  17. My husband says paper crafting is like a gas. It expands to fill the space it is given. He is an angel. He often puts up with an expanding mess.

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  18. Extremely messy. But yanno, I get things done and will soon get MORE things done because of it! :]

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  19. That looks like my crafty corner. Only, 1/2 the time, I can't find what I'm looking for until after I give up and use something else. Lol.

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  20. Love it! My craft desk is also in the living room. It is really a compute deck which has a flap that comes down and sits on the two open cupboard doors. When I have finished I can just put the flap up and hide any mess. The idea is that I can leave projects half finished and my 3 year old can't get his fingers on them........doesn't stop the mess from boiling over on the top of the cupboard though lol!

    I really do think that all us crafty ladies (and men) must have really patient husbands/partners/wives etc :)

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  21. looks just perfect for a creative genius krista
    x

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  22. Heheh, had a good giggle the other day at Loopy Lou's desk, see her link above, because it's soooo me. I can't create until I've pulled out all my 'stuff'. I've always worked well 'under pressure', which was why I made a good 'emergency nurse', but I work even better 'under chaos'!!! I just find my creative juices flow better when I'm surrounded by all my lovely 'stuff'! So, kindred spirit here for sure! Hugs, Wends xxxx

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  23. It's so nice to see another blogger's desk that looks similar to mine. Mine needs a big cleaning! :)

    Allison
    http://allisonbc.blogspot.com/

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  24. Well I did a ton of sewing for Christmas. My table is cleared off and most of the mess has been shoveled off into one corner. Tons of extra fabric that needs to be sorted and folded and put away. It can wait though as I have been hit with a dreaded flu bug. Thanks for showing that I am not the only messy crafter!

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  25. Ha ha Krista, this is like my work area. My brother has described my mess as organised too, he said you can see a structure to the mess, lol. Thanks for sharing, I always feel comforted when I know I'm not the only messy crafter.
    Hugs, Becky x

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  26. I can definitely have a very messy workarea, but I admit, I have to sort the mess between every project, else I wouldn´t be able to get anything done ever, I´m afraid. And I work best, when I know everything is on their right places, so I always know, where to find it. But hubby is exactly like this and I´ve often wondered, how on earth he could ever get anything done, but he claims, he works best this way, and that he has his system in the mess ha ha ha. But it´s just good, that we´re all different, else this world would be such a boring place to live. This sure challenge us, especially when we live one of each together he he he

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  27. This looks like the rest of my house!! As for my creative space, I'm a little Schizo about it... sometimes the mess fuels me other times I can't get anything done until I get things straightened up. I have noticed a bit of a pattern though, I tend to need clean calm space for writing and a mess of supplies and tidbits and inspiring things around me for physical crafting type projects.

    Also, I LOVE that Rhino wall piece!!

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  28. I call it 'Creative Chaos'... Re: my craft stuff, it is messiest when I am WIP, but too much chaos and I stay up late at night to do 'Creative ReOrg'. I actually love to re/organize and clean clutter. I am in the middle of reorging my Spellbinders for the 3rd time. 'Found an idea on a blog to use the 5.5" x 8.5" mini binders. Staples has $2 off a new binder if you bring in an old binder, so it worked for me. Re: my kitchen, my husband said I have to mess every bowl and pan when I cook--I said I am a Picasso in the kitchen...stalemate. I am in constant Clutter ReOrg mode, and figure it will be all done, and then I'll die. I am in no real hurry to die now, so I'll take it one day at a time and not beat myself up about it. The bills are paid, the house is clean, so clutter can stay for a little while longer...

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  29. ROFL!!! This could be MY desk, easily! I take it that is a sign of creativity, right? Please do not tell me otherwise! Luckily now that my children have moved away I have a craft room, but I find that "stuff" tends to creep downstairs to the living room when I'm not looking. Ouch!

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  30. I'm RIGHT there with you Krista!! I'd LOVE to always be organized, put things away right after I use them, and keep like things together...but it simply doesn't happen. I think that's just how the "artistic" part of the brain works! (at least that's what I tell myself!) loL!

    TFS!!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith

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  31. The centre of my desk is usually clear, but the floor surrounding my desk is another matter!

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  32. I use to have a big creative mess on my dinning table but then my son moved to his own appartment and I now have a whole scrap room for myself so now the mess is not so bad anymore ....lol....and I can close the door if I need to ;)
    Pialine xx

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  33. My desk is pretty tidy - it's the rest of the house that is the problem LOL (my craft stuff has certainly taken over).

    Toni xx

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  34. Oh messy all the time, till I can't find things any more, than I know it's time to clean :)))) Hugs! mojca

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  35. You actually have more walking room than I do and I have an entire room! It (literally) has a path you have to duck to get into the door! But, I hide in there to 'create' cards, letters, scrapbooks for my family....and, maybe, some thoughts in a journal for when some poor body has to clean it up when I am no longer here!

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  36. Hey Kirsta first may i say mine is neary always like that so news there .I see you have the same willow tree couple on your desk that i have .I collect them i have two angels i love angels and a mother and son so far .x

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  37. I'm a somewhat tidy person. I always put things away when I'm done with them. But..when I'm creating, it looks like things just exploded!

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  38. Wow, looks like my work space, I try to clean it up after projects, and create a new mess....I think my hubby has learned to look the other way.

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  39. i dont even have a desk, i have a trunk in a closet! a small trunk to be exact :D but it gets extremely messy

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  40. My desk is the same. I have my own room dedicated for my craft and I still manage to make a mess without realising I have until it takes me forever to find a particular item. The good thing about having a room is that no one ever see's my mess as I can shut the door on it. But it does get to a point where I say enough is enough it is time to clean up, and like yourself Krista it is amazing what you find. Unfortunetly it doesn't stay clean for very long, but that's cool as I too seem to work better when my desk/room is messy. I call it my organised mess.

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  41. You should add your desk to "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday"!!!! Right now I'm in the middle of trying to put away new goodies that came in just before and just after my vacation. An avalanche of new toys that is *almost* overwhelming!!! Trying to get it put away so I can actually play, lol!

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  42. Hi Krista
    I had to laugh when I saw your desk WHY you may ask, because it looks a lot like mine when I am creating/working on my latest project. I am in the enviable position (after many many years of waiting) of having my own crafting haven of a studio, that my lovely husband built me in our garden. BUT & it is a BIG BUT even though I have soooooo much room in it, I still manage to make it look like it's been hit by a tornado when I am working. How ever I am a COMPLETE neat freak & it doesn't matter what time I finish I HAVE to clean it all up, My lovely Hubby laugh's & tell's me to leave the mess as it is as it is not going to affect any one, but I just can not leave it in a mess lol.
    hugs
    Sandra (craftynan)

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  43. Oh Krista... I think we all are messy crafters. My table is just the same, and I don't have time to clean up. Somehow any given day I'll spare some days to clean and organize everything and a week later I'll find the desk messy again. Just try to get more boxes to stuff everything in there, and don't keep the scraps.

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  44. Don't I recognize that a little bit? I'm bussy organising the bomb that I call my desk and all goes well, until I see something that reminds me and I think: that would be great to make...and I sart making it... So everytime about half the mess gets cleaned up... Good thing it's another half of all the stuff everytime, so I get inspired for sure!!! Hugs, Gerrina

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  45. Do you ever have a hard time finding things once you cleaned up? Happens to me all the time.

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  46. OMG that looks like my area, lol, except I have a whole room to mess up! I get it all cleaned up (and that takes days) and then I go to create and voila, its a huge mess again!

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  47. I'm an organized crazy person - I have to have a clean counterop to function. Sometimes my home doesn't look "lived in" enough. Ironically, I'm trying to be a little bit more messy, haha. My Mom is similar to you, though - she definitely has an organized confusion type of thing. One time I cleaned her desk for her as a suprise for her birthday or Mother's Day - she freaked! Haha, she couldn't find where anything was, but she knew perfectly where it used to be in the mess. Everyone's got their own system :)

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  48. So hard keeping things neat when you're crafting. I try to clean up somewhat after. I'm actually working on cleaning up my craftroom right now.

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  49. Hehe your desk area looks very similar to mine! Around here we have dubbed it "creative chaos" :)

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  50. Usually I'm a very organized person but with our crazy schedule (hubby's, both kids and mine) I haven't felt or been organized most of 2012 and it's flowing over to 2013. With our 'more than usually' business ahead, my desk is semi-organized although the rest or he room is not.

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  51. looks kinds familiar!!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  52. I can so relate to your desk dilemma. It looks pretty much exactly like mine. I am so glad (and relieved) to know that there are others out there who work in their space just like mine. I would rather not take an extra time away from creating (when I actually get to do that!) to clean things up. So until I get to a stopping point or the end of a project...I just live in the organized chaos!

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  53. After reading this post i had to send the link to my husband. He didnt believe me when i told him most artist are messy. My craft desk has been in the living room the last few months but now im in the process of getting my own craft room.

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  54. My craft space is a mess.
    Papers, inks, pieces of who
    knows what waiting to be altered
    and the list goes on. I think
    the only organized parts are my
    copics and stamps.

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  55. I'm the opposite, I just can't create unless everything around me is 'just so'. My desk gets messy when I'm mid creation and I can ignore that because I'm distracted by what I'm doing, but once that projects finished, I enjoy getting my desk back to perfect again ready for the next thing. I think that's pretty unusual for a crafter, as nearly ever other crafter I know has a desk like yours.

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  56. My desk is so covered and messy even my laptop is covered (with a colored SC girl) My desk is upstairs but in a year (or so) it will move down stairs and I will get more space and I look very much forward to that :)

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