Organized Thoughts: Studio Dreaming

January 8, 2014

Thanks so much for your well wishes, emails and texts after my last post. I didn’t mean to worry anyone but I think it’s important not to gloss over the dreary bits in life as reality often isn’t nearly as pretty as what’s filtered through Instagram, agreed? Life/marriage/parenting/etc is a series of hills and valleys (some steeper than others) but I think my situation is starting the climb back uphill and I’m feeling much brighter than I was at the beginning of the week. Talking things out always helps (although it’s super hard for me) and I’m blessed with a pretty awesome support group, even when I don’t feel like sharing much.

Also brightening my thoughts are some upcoming renos at the shop. We’ve all been sharing a shoebox sized office at Spruce Collective for over a year now, not easy considering there are 5 of us partners plus our full-time store manager and 4 employees! Needless to say, when working on our website/paperwork/phone calls/etc we’re always tripping on each other (or locking the door!) and it’s impossible to stay 100% organized. Earlier this summer, we divided our workshop in half with a temporary wall (made of vintage doors) to create a fashion boutique. It’s been an amazing success so we’ve decided to put up a permanent wall and allocate the other half (currently workshop/lunch room/catch-all disaster) to one gloriously spacious shared workspace. First on the agenda is a huge 3-month calendar to keep track of all of our store events, vintage rental bookings, financials and more. It will be life changing!

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A sense of order makes everything easier, doesn’t it? Sometimes simply cleaning a closet or drawer can make all the difference on stressful day. I’ve got quite a bit of organizing to do on the home front starting with Sadie’s room, which I painted last weekend. Hoping to finish decorating it over the next few days and I will definitely share some pics. What organizing projects do you have looming? Let’s tackle them together!

4 comments

1 Tracey { 01.08.14 at 5:47 pm }

Glad everything is looking up Llily. Working in small quarters with others can be challenging and dealing with clutter all over while working can mentally exhaust you. These pictures are great. I’m actually wanting to make a big calendar similar to the black one because I’m old school and like to see my month ahead in life size :-) Big hugs.

2 Jess { 01.08.14 at 6:09 pm }

I love the DIY calendars so much more than the store bought kind. Moving into a new house, studying for a national exam, and starting my own blog really calls for organization. Love your blog and keep pushing forward through cramped quarters.
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3 Birch + Bird { 01.08.14 at 9:05 pm }

Agreed, Jess! And sounds like you have a lot to keep organized…congrats on the new blog :)

4 Birch + Bird { 01.08.14 at 9:06 pm }

Thanks Tracey! I’m a write-it-down type of girl…I need to write it myself to remember things most of the time so hoping a HUGE calendar will make a big impact :)

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