Clean or Messy?

Recently when I have posted photos of my quilt studio on Instagram, I have seen comments asking me why I am so tidy. I found that so peculiar. Why wouldn’t I be tidy? Then I started thinking about it and realized not everyone works the same way that I do. So I thought perhaps it may be good to give some insight into why it is important to me to have a tidy quilting space.

Creative Thinking. I enjoy a crafting space that is clean for every start and finish. It is better for me to have a clean slate every time I start a project because it helps me be more creative and think clearer. When my space is a mess, I have too many things to look at and think about which distracts me from the creative process. Clearing out my space helps me focus on my project and find ways to make it mine.

Efficiency. An organized space also helps me work more efficiently. When my area is a mess, I’m unable to find my tools, patterns, or notions I need to complete a project quickly. My goal is to complete projects timely mostly because I find so many fun things to work on and am ready to move on to the next thing. Time spent searching for my tools to complete a project seems like wasted time to me. If it is neat and orderly, it is more efficient. That frees up time for me to move on to the next fun project!

IKEA Alex Drawers on Casters – Holds all of my notions nearby

Sense of Calm. I don’t know about you, but there is just a sense of calm that comes over me when I walk into my quilt studio each morning when the sun is shining through the windows and peeking out from behind the pink curtains. I turn on soft music, sip my coffee and sit back in my chair looking around at my clean space. It brings me such a sense of calm to start my day. The same goes for the evening. After I’ve had a long work day in my room on the weekends, I can get a lot of things flying! So, it is nice to tidy up at the end of the day so I know I can enjoy my room without having to stare at chaos.

My Quilt Studio – Christmas 2021

I do think it is entirely possible to have a functional space that is beautiful. Not all crafting spaces have to be filled with chaos and mess. Some crafters can work in that environment, but I am definitely not one of those who can. I say do you! If messy chaos helps get your creative thinking flowing, by all means mess away! But if you’re like me, tidy rooms lead to beautiful creative thinking, efficiency and a sense of calm which turns into finished projects that make room for even more!

Happy quilting!


OttLite Sanitizing Lamp Review and Giveaway

My friends at OttLite have a new line of sanitizing lamps available for crafters, quilters, home office, in office, basically anyone with the need for extra lighting and the peace of mind of having a sanitized work surface. They have generously provided their new OttLite Emerge LED Sanitizing Lamp with USB Charging for me to review and they are going to give away a lamp like mine to a lucky winner. Read more about how to enter and win one for yourself!

OttLite has a fantastic line of lighting solutions and I happen to already have three that I use on a regular basis. The floor lamp, which you have seen on my IG posts, is something I use every single day. I also have the one you can clamp onto your desk. I use it on my cutting table. The other one is a small lamp that has a flexible neck. One thing I was missing in my lighting arsenal was one that would fold and be easily transported to classes or retreats.

When OttLite sent me their new line up of lighting options with the sanitizing feature, I immediately was drawn to the one that could fold flat. This would allow me to take it to quilt classes and retreats with ease while at the same time not taking up much precious space!

Some of the wonderful features of this new lamp include a built in charger for my phone or iPad, 3 levels of brightness, 3 light settings: ClearSun only (regular), ClearSun and SpectraClean (regular and sanitizing) and SpectraClean (sanitizing only). So far, I have used all of these settings! I especially love turning on the SpectraClean at the end of my day and letting it do it’s job of killing up to 99% of bacteria, mold and fungi.

Features of the OttLite Emerge LED Sanitizing Lamp with USB Charging

The LED life is 40,000 hours and also has incredible color accuracy! I love that I can put a fabric under this light and really know what colors I am using in a quilt. Some lights that put out different hues can cause problems with color matching. There is nothing worse than piecing a beautiful block and finding that your white background was actually ivory!

If you struggle with lighting in your quilt studio, I highly recommend OttLite. The new wellness series that includes sanitizing features is such a bonus. The lamps themselves were wonderful before, but adding this feature just gives us all a peace of mind!

My friends at OttLite are giving one of my followers a chance to win their very own OttLite Emerge LED Sanitizing Lamp with USB Charging! This giveaway is happening over on my IG page and starts at 3pm CST TODAY and can be found HERE. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram and due to shipping, is only open to U.S. entrants. Giveaway closes this Friday, December 10th at 11pm CST. Winner will be randomly selected and contacted via Instagram direct message. Please do not provide any credit card information – you will not be asked for that. Good luck to everyone!