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Creative spaces

I received my Master’s Degree in Healthcare Innovation. Essentially for me, it was this degree that has allowed my mind to expand and crave creativity unlike anything else. I’ve always been a life long learner, but this group of people and area of study helped to reintroduce me to the vast potential within myself. To be honest, I learned little about healthcare except that it wasn’t my passion anymore. Instead I found a love of exploration, design, art, reading, and renewed creativity. I found a renewed appreciation for life and all that it has to offer.

My favorite book I read in school was the The Ten Faces of Innovation. It was written by Tom Kelley who is the general manager of IDEO, a Palo Alto based design company. When learning more about their company, I was struck by their work space. They are encouraged to be surrounded by items and spaces that encourage their creativity and productivity.

Think about how much more productive companies (and possibly families) would be if they were surrounded by a creative work or living space? Must we be surrounded by rows of colorless cubicles without windows or homes that are dark and cluttered?

Organized chaos

Remember when I wrote about values? Well, be careful with what you write about. It’s kind of like praying for patience. Don’t pray for it, or God will actually give you the opportunity to learn it!

Within a week of writing about my values, Jeff and I were confronted with facing what we value and putting those values into action. We decided to stay put in our current house, I went to part time at work (after 16 years of full time work), and we bought 2 new (used) cars that better serve our family. A lot of change in a short amount of time.

Jeff and I have spent the past 10 days unpacking boxes. We were supposed to be moving into our dream house. Instead we spent the time unpacking boxes in our 1400 square foot home. With 6 people and 2 dogs and a multitude of hobbies, it often makes for tight quarters. I will not lie. A few tears were shed and I do believe that I pouted once. Well maybe twice.

We had 2 garage sales, made trips to Goodwill, and unloaded over 30 large yard-sized garbage bags of trash. That’s right, 30 bags of trash. We purged big time.

So I took to my list of wanting to become more organized and I will show you some things I have learned in my journey towards organization with a large family.

1.   If you don’t see it, you won’t use it.

I love seeing the colors and my supplies. After 8 years of living in this house and being a girl scout leader, I found paint in every room of my house, except the bathroom. I also discovered things that I put in the back of closets and cabinets and were not seen again until this week. Yikes.

This shelf was made for my wooden stamps. It’s 7  years old and looks as good as the day it was made. I decided to use it for a variety of craft supplies and some of my favorite stamps. This shelf is drilled into the brick wall of my carport turned into a garage. It has A/C which is needed for living in Phoenix so the supplies are safe. Also, it is placed high enough to keep little hands out of reach. (more…)

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