This is my home studio. It is across from my Master bedroom. I know that for me, I wanted my creative space and office to be "real." It is more than a pretty room to me. I wanted it to be functional and simple. A place where I would want to be. I designed my room with light gray walls and I added additional lights (can) in the ceiling and a chandelier. The floors used to be off white carpet and the previous owners had spilt red cough syrup on it the week before we moved in. They offered to give us an allowance on the carpet and I decided to replace the carpet for an off white wood floor.
I added artwork that had meaning to me and long white drapes. It is a room that is peaceful and inviting. I decorated my home office/studio similar to my actual office at work. I wanted it to be SIMPLE and not be cluttered. I learned something in school that is still replaying in my head. If you inherited furniture or something from a family member and you personally do not love it or want it, do you keep it? So often we feel obligated to keep something because it is associated with someone we love.
The lesson to me was to only keep things (especially items) in our life that we personally WANT and love. Surround yourself with things of happiness. If not, get rid of it. I learned this lesson even more strongly after Tyler died. Many of you would never know, but he struggled with keeping, saving and some would say "hoarding" things in life. We had our share of "discussions" on this. I realized how much "these things" could have power over us. I had a hard time cleaning out his office after he died. I did not want to get rid of anything. I still have a large storage unit to go through. It will take time, but I feel the peace of letting "things" go.
Gentry came over to the house to help me clean out his office. The truth was you could not even walk into his office. It was FULL of "stuff." I saw things differently than Gentry. It took her coming in and taking charge. She reminded me to "let it go." These things were not Ty. They were just "things." We proceeded to clean for months. Tyler had storage sheds and our garage full of stuff. For years, it was a "issue" for us. I looked at the "stuff" differently than he did. I bet many marriages have similar issues.
Then the time came when I knew I needed to have a "fresh" start and move. I had been purging for months. I did this as my therapy. I would cry, laugh and do it all again on a daily basis. I kept things with meaning- photos, letters... you know the things that really matter. I never knew how hard it would be to go through all of Ty's personal items. It felt like a crazy bad dream. I reminded me of having to do the same when my mother unexpectantly died. I did not want to even open his dresser drawers. It was too "real." It ended up being a form of reflection for me.
I donated so many things to charity. I created boxes of memories for the children. I got a 27 foot dumpster to get rid of things. I felt such a huge relief by clearing things out. I realized what I valued and what mattered. I decided to share this because it has truly been the best thing I could do for my soul. Right before Tyler died, it was hard for him. He would apologize and tell me how sorry he was to leave such a mess to go through. We spent time in the hospital talking about getting rid of things. He told me what to donate, sell, etc. It was so hard.
I have thought of the difference it has been for me to have "simplified" my life. These things were donated, sold, thrown away or "kept" because they mattered. I wish we had done it together years ago. Over the almost 19 years of our marriage, we had together amassed so much stuff- plus all the stuff we had prior to marrying.
I am more practical now. I have tried to get rid of things that were personally weighing me down. I can only use so many crafting tools. I only need so many beach towels. I don't need a closet full of clothes that I don't even wear, or hope would fit me again. ha!
I really love my Studio Box. I put everything you can imagine in my box. I keep the things that I really use. I tend to use the same products over and over so I use mine as a office and crafting storage box. So I have donated and given away a lot of product when I moved. This is what I am basically down too. I do have a closet for items that I use less frequently.
I did a video last Friday. The Original Scrapbook came to film and take photos of the TC Studio Box that we debuted. It inspired me to share this blog post. I hope in some way I have reminded you to "let things go" and simplify your life if you felt like I did.
Here are some videos of me giving tips and how I utilize my Studio Box.
File Folder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAxraUFR9YQ
Cubby door: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqJAWqaxMpU
Binder Clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFeNaGjRyno
Teresa Collins StudioBox: http://www.theoriginalscrapbox.com/products/teresa-collins-studiobox