Are there any artists out there who can talk about decluttering?
I have some major pack-ratting tendencies, but it's not just mindless hoarding; as a visual artist, not only do think with every item, "I might use this someday", I often do use them someday! I really take great joy in having a well-stocked studio and giving new life to stuff instead of adding to the landfill. Also, as for many artists, frugality is not just important, but necessary. Art supplies are expensive and often specific; even if I only use a certain kind of glue or fabric or wood once in a blue moon, I can't afford to just get more--I really need to keep it until I need it.
So where do you draw your lines? I am lucky enough to have a studio of my own, but it's small, and multi-purpose, and needs to be usable space, not just storage. a lot of decluttering resources seem to just be saying that it's all junk and you have to get rid of everything you can spare, but that's just not always true! How do other artists or craftspeople handle these issues?
-how much of your completed artwork do you save, how do you determine what to keep, and how do you store it?
-any ideas for large paper storage? We don't have room for a chest of those large, thin drawers, and now have portfolios of paper behind couches and bookshelves against the walls, but this is very inconvenient to access, and sort of sloppy.
-natural materials and found objects? this is the kind of stuff you have to snatch up when you find just the right piece, but can take up a lot of room, and be difficult to organize and contain. I have no good system.
-cloth; I keep now in a big cabinet. this is one I actually have a clue about- I need more shelves. right now it is constantly all getting jumbled up and unfolded when i take anything out and I don't have time to deal with it. anyone else have a good system?
thanks for your ideas!