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One thing I have mentioned in earlier posts is that pottery has a tendency to take over one’s house.  There are pottery books and magazines, glaze test tiles, not quite right pots, pots to sell, show materials like tents and shelves, business stuff like printers, faxes, filing cabinets, packing materials, boxes, tape, GAH!  I haven’t even mentioned all the actual clay, glazes, kiln, and other stuff you need to actually make the pottery.

Over the last year, this little business has grown in random spurts all over the house.  We had our original office and then the pottery office, the spot where we packed up pottery, the place where we stored the tent and shelves, test tiles in little boxes all over the house, GAH again.

So, just like last year when we had to regroup when we had a breathing spell, we’re doing the same thing now.  I decided to put my organizational skills and Quality Management experience to work.  It’s very useful to audit your work habits and space planning to maximize your productivity.  Folks might not think of doing this for an art business, but it really works for all businesses.  I am happy to say that all pottery paraphernalia is now consolidated in one room.  I am now able to take care of orders in the same room where the computer/printer/files/etc are without running all over the house.

All this just to say that you don’t ever know how to set up a space for a task until you’ve done that task quite a lot.  I’ve also found that this applies to moving into a house and getting comfortable in it.  You just can’t know in a new space how you will “be” in that space until you’ve been there for a while.  So, don’t be afraid of taking stock of your space and asking yourself, “Is this working for me?”  You might find that things can be streamlined into a smaller footprint that facilitates your work habits.