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Controlling Creative Clutter

3rd Edition

Diane Dobson Barton

Published by Artist-How-To Publications, Kansas
Smashwords Edition
ISBN 978-1-4658-0741-0

Copyright 2011 Diane Dobson Barton
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A Word from the Author


Raised in a creative home that was NOT naturally in order, I was not prepared to be an orderly adult. As an adult, even as a parent, I can recall being stressed over not being able to locate important papers on demand. I am embarrassed to admit that this includes insurance cards, proof of vaccines, and birth certificates, including my own.

I was not any better with my work spaces. Over the years I had large and small studio spaces, and keeping them organized has been a HUGE challenge. Eventually, after attempting to do what everyone else said worked for them, I figured out what works best for me. I can still create what I want, but now I do not have to search high-and-low for my equipment.

Do not get me wrong. I am not 100% organized, 100% of the time. But, now when a sale comes around on art supplies, I can tell you within 60 seconds if I am running low on them and if I need to stock up. This has cut down on a lot of stress and anxiety, and left more time for enjoyable activities.

The previous edition of “Controlling Creative Clutter” was created in 2005, six years ago. Since then media everywhere has popped up showing people being “helped” to get their worlds in some version of order. The challenge that we as artist face, is that our passion in life can require a lot of different materials and tools. This is true whether you are a beader, painter or potter. A simple truth is, to create as we wish; it can require a lot of “stuff”. And in turn, we need to keep all that “stuff” in check so that we can be as productive and creative as possible.

It is the goal of this publication to be able to help you find the organizing method that works best for you and your work habits.

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