The second “spark” in Carrie Bloomston’s book, The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity is: “Create the Space.”
Easier said than done.
So, I have been working on a space for quite some time. In fact, I am always working on my “space.” This drives my husband crazy. I can’t help it. I love being surrounded by beautiful things that are also functional. But, functional is always evolving when you live and work at home with young, curious kids.
Carrie says: “The creative space is a launchpad, refuge, retreat, temple, labyrinth, and safety net. It gives you a sense of purpose. Your space is your flagpole on the moon… Claim it as your own and don’t let it get mixed in with the daily flotsam of life. Own it. Mark it. Protect it. In this way you advocate for yourself, your pursuits, and your special creative time.”
Perhaps that is why my space isn’t finished yet—it just hasn’t included the right materials or purpose for its existence. My work space started as an office, but I now realize, I want an office/studio. I need a space that allows for business and play, computer work and the messiest of art. And where I want to protect this special area for myself, I also need to create an area where my kids can be creative with me while I work. This is key. I’ve listened to myself over and over again gently telling them to “please give mommy some space” (then not so gently), and all they want to do is be in the same room with me. I know there is a balanced approach.
So my first step is to remove the white rug and add an art table with stools. This gives us an area to work together or separately. My second step is to declutter and get rid of the piles of papers, bills and school forms that can be recycled or stored. And lastly, consult Design Mom. I’ve been following Gabrielle for eight years now and love everything she writes about. She just came out with a new book, Design Mom: How to live with kids. A Room-by-Room Guide and mine is in the mail as we speak! Her blog and book highlights so many brilliant families, artists and moms who organize their homes and work spaces into areas that are not only amazing to look at, but exude a warm, fuzzy, family-feel, allowing everyone to be everywhere at anytime. No more off-limits living rooms, right? Read the article here. (She also highlighted my sister and I on her blog once here!)
My goal is to be finished by the end of the month (before vacation!), and when I’m done I’ll show you the finished space. What does your space look like? Do you need a place to be creative? I think we all do.