I had a “let’s get real” moment with myself yesterday about my studio. Generally when Matt is chomping at the bit to pay someone to get a big job done around the house, I’m anxious for it to happen as well. But as y’all know, I’ve been dragging my feet on the electrical work in my studio.
Now that wasn’t all on me. I did have a hard time even getting an electrician to show up to look at the job and give me a quote, but I’ve had a quote in hand for over two weeks now, with Matt saying, “Call and schedule him!” And yet, here I am over two weeks later, still with no electricity in my studio, and no electrician scheduled. So yesterday I had to get very real with myself. Why the heck am I procrastinating so much?
I mean, it’s a wide open room just sitting there ready and waiting for electrical, insulation, drywall, and flooring, right?
Well, not quite. Since we didn’t immediately have the money to finish out the room completely after the framing was done, the room just sat there empty for a while. Then one rainy day when I needed to use my miter saw, I decided that the unfinished studio would be the perfect interim spot to use my saws. Then I decided to do a big art project in there (my entryway paintings), so I made a makeshift table and spread out my supplies. Then I decided that the back area could be used temporarily to store some furniture. Then one day I had to bring some lumber in from the looming storm clouds, so it got piled in here. Then I got into the habit of piling my tools and supplied just inside the door on nights when I worked late on projects outside and needed to bring things in quickly.
And on and on. I’m sure a lot of you understand how those things happen. They begin gradually, and continue gradually, until the next thing you know, the room is completely filled with stuff and there’s just a little pathway from one door to the next.
That’s the current state of my studio. I made a little video to give you the full 360-degree view of the current state of things in there. (I apologize for the sound. I have a new phone, and I’m pretty sure I had my hand over the microphone during most of the video. 😀 )
If you can’t watch the video, you can get an idea of the issue from these pictures. I’ve got my miter saw set up in there, and that’s where I use it (but never clean up the dust). I also use my table saw in there most of the time. On the far side, I have a big pile of insulation that was taken out of the walls at the very beginning of the garage-to-studio conversion. That insulation was fairly new at the time, so I have no idea if it can or should be reused.
Some of the lumber is left over from past projects, but the bulk of it is the tongue-and-groove wood that I bought for the porch ceiling.
I haven’t done the porch ceiling yet because there are currently two bird nests up in the ceiling of the porch, and I just can’t bring myself to move them and possibly destroy any eggs that may be in there. So for now, I’ve left them alone and kept myself busy with other projects. But eventually I’ll need to get that ceiling done.
The back area has become storage for random furniture pieces. I’m not a hoarder in general, but I will admit that I do have a problem with holding on to old furniture with the grand idea of reupholstering it and eventually using it in my house.
Because you never know when the perfect opportunity will come along for using those pieces, right? 😀 After all, the two chairs I plan to reupholster and use in the living room are chairs that I’ve held onto now for about eight years. And I finally have a use for them! But these particular furniture pieces taking up space in my studio are nothing special, so it’s probably time to just get rid of them.
So I have a real mess on my hands.
And I have a special ability to block out unpleasant things and pretend they don’t exist, which is what I’ve been doing for several months now. I only come in here if I need to cut some wood or look for a lost tool that I need. Other than that, I can keep the door closed, pretend the mess doesn’t exist, keep telling myself (and you) that things are in progress and it’ll soon be wired and drywalled, and dream about my “one day” amazing studio that I’ll have.
But it’s time to get real and face the mess I’ve created and let get way out of control. And it’s time to put some action behind all of my grand plans for this space.
So I’ve given myself two days. I have two days to get all of this mess cleaned up, and I have to start today. No more procrastinating, and no more excuses.