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Enjoying a Smaller Space

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Perhaps it is more circumstance than choice that I find myself living and working in a smaller than average space. I live in SF, one of the most expensive cities in the U.S so instead of a big, open house I live in a downtown studio. After years of living with roommates who occupied their large apartments for 15 plus years, I needed to find a place of my own. A smaller place where I could control the clutter and cleanliness is what I desired. Sadly a large apartment fire in my first studio cut my personal possessions in half. Trying to look at the fire in a positive light, I was granted a fresh, clean start – clutter free.

I now love having a smaller apartment and smaller work space. I am certain that I will live in a bigger place again soon but I really like my current more minimalist approach to life. I hope to carry the sentiment over to any new place I call home but don’t get me wrong – a large closet is on the lists of must haves!

In my smaller space, I can account for everything I own.  

Everything has a place and there might be only one junk box in my entire studio. I rarely lose anything because frankly, there isn’t much space for anything to get lost for too long. I grew up in the same house for 16 years and it was full of fun boxes of memories and hidden gems. I love that I had that experience but I would rather those boxes be organized these days. Instead of overfilling the shelves in my closets, those boxes of memories would most benefit me if I kept them in a special place, keeping my current spaces clear and free.

I also only have what I need and I am exploring the concept of multi-purpose everything!

There is no reason for me to buy three different cleaners for the kitchen because space only really allows one all-purpose, beauty. To make it more interesting, I have been making my own citrus vinegar cleaning concoctions to use in all areas of the house. Tools are the same story. Although, I still have most of my jewelry making tools, I only keep so many out on my desk. Clutter is much more obvious in my small work space so I try to have labeled boxes for almost everything. This is an ongoing work in progress that constantly needs re-configuring with new projects and plans.

My head is clearer in my smaller space.

Life feels less cluttered and less out of my control. For me it is easier to work in a tidier space and easier to rest when there isn’t so much stuff overwhelming my work space. I feel less weighed down and my mind feels more open to creativity and new ideas.

If you live or work in a smaller space, how do you feel it benefits your quality of life and your creative process?

Check out some great small space ideas on my Pinterest board!


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Shelly Kerry — Creating Space, Mindful Living

Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.

Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.

You can now find Creating Space on Facebook.

Making Your Space Work For You In 2013

workspace inspiration via http://www.home-designing.com

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by your workspace or home? If you work from home, is it sometimes difficult to focus because of everything around you? Is your workspace so cluttered and disorganized that you dislike being there?

In the New Year, not only do a create lists of goals but I also like to create themes. I want this year to be about finding comfort and peace and since I cannot control the big wide world around me, that feeling will be created in my home and my relationships. I am committed to maintaining a home and studio space that works for me, speaks to my soul and that I am proud to share with others.

Happiness to me starts in the comfort of our spaces. If you take daily steps to keeping your home/office/studio an efficient and motivating place then waking up in the morning is just that much easier. Closing your eyes at night is done with ease. Having friends or neighbors just stopping by doesn’t result in a sense of panic.  When you know where things are you don’t waste loads of time looking for things. Crazy! Without all the meaningless mind chatter that comes from clutter and overwhelm you have more space for creativity and awesome discoveries.

If you do a little organizing everyday can make this whole adventure a lot easier. Create a drop space (desk, box, etc) near your front door and go through it every evening. Go ahead and sort through the mail as soon as you take it into your space and avoid massive mail piles.

If your space is a little drab and boring, commit to making it a lively, inspiring place to be by creating mood boards and changing the artwork seasonally. What kind of feeling do you want to create in your home? Play with color and flowers to give it a little punch.

The best way to keep this practice in place is to become and stay aware of how your space affects your mood and work level. Recognize your habits and note how you feel after a few days in a tidy, motivating space. Feeling a little down or crabby? Take a look around. Is there something in your physical space that you could change?

Enlist a friend or a professional (like me!) to help if you don’t want to work on your space by yourself. Having someone to assist you in getting rid of clutter and to see your space in a new and enlightening way can be really life changing.

What wonderful changes to you want to make in your space?

Shelly Kerry — Creating Space, Mindful Living

Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.

Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.

You can now find Creating Space on Facebook.

Creating Space Discount from Lightbox SF

I have been posting at Handmade Success monthly and wanted to give you another look into what my business is all about. As a co-owner of Lightbox SF, a San Francisco based creative coaching business, I work with our clients through a program I developed called Creating Space. The goal of Creating Space is to help artists work more efficiently through self awareness and breaking bad habits, setting up better organization systems and conquering time management. What I hope for is that you will learn to live more freely, simply by recognizing what you really want and need.

If you live in San Francisco, we will start with a studio visit and do a whole lot of talking about dreams and obtainable goals and set up a plan. If you are outside of the area, we will virtually explore your space with Skype, videos and photos or a combo of all three. The rest of the time is spent on the phone on weekly a check in and homework assignments. Occasionally I physically step in and help with full studio overhauls. The end result of Creating Space is to clear both your physical and mental states of clutter, getting rid of what is not working and opening up room for new inspirations.

The first month you’ll fill out an initial assessment questionnaire and receive one 45 minute in person or virtual meeting in addition to the weekly 15 minute phone consultations and email support. The following months we will continue with the weekly phone check-ins.

We are offering a 10% discount to friends and family if you sign up now through the month of July (You can purchase for future months at this time at the discounted amount).

With the discount the initial month of Creating Space with a studio visit and 3 15-minute phone sessions is $200 (normally $225).

And each following month, consisting of 4 15-minute phone sessions and email support is $100 (normally $125).

Feel free to contact me with any questions! I look forward to hearing from you, Please check out our other services as well.

 

Shelly Kerry — Lightbox SF

Shelly is the motivation and creativity side of Lightbox SF. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – weekly advice to help keep you motivated, push through those stuck times, and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find the space in your head and the space in your life to pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.

Besides creating and running her own jewelry design business, em’s studio, Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.

 

 

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