than 500 art students I saw weekly, in kindergarten through 5th grade, was for everything to have a designated
place and a label. Once computers became available, it saved me time. I could print and laminate all those
labels and didn't have to obsess over my handwriting being as perfect as I could possibly get it!
I have two studios now; one in NC and a smaller one in NY. When I travel between the two, I have to pack and
take EVERYTHING I need for a two to three month period. That includes clothing for whatever weather I may encounter during that time, and all my art, jewelry, and photography supplies, equipment, and materials.
Also thrown into the mix is everything I need to participate in arts festivals... a 10 foot tent, three display
counters and coverings, a 6 foot folding screen and hanging mirror, a folding stool, step stool, and table,
three display cases, photo banners, curtain panels, lighting equipment, a marine battery and converter to
power the lighting, boxes of inventory, a flash drive with inventory, business, and photograph files, etcetera.
It makes me twitch just thinking about it all.
To avoid forgetting essentials, I have spreadsheets and packing/to-do lists; entries include taking out
the garbage before I leave. That one was added after driving back home to do so, because I didn't want
to put anything additional on my kind and very generous neighbors! I check the lists obsessively,
again and again and again, before leaving. It is daunting to say the least.
I tend to save anything (just as I did in teaching days)
that may serve a later purpose... like Altoid™ tins.
They hold rivets, jump rings, eyelets, waxed linen,
pin backs, metal-rim hang tags, rotary blades, bolts
and wing nuts, little magnets, alligator clips, etc.
I had entered the dimensions of the tins on my phone
in case I might come across a possible Altoid™ tin
storage candidate. I was very excited to locate this 30
compartment wooden box during an antique store visit,
after I heard it call out, "Here I am... now, BUY ME, woman!"
Labels on the top and the front edge of each box
remind me exactly what is inside, and it is compact;
so a lot of those supplies I have to pack when
heading north or south are in one small, easy to find,
and manageable place when I am frantically (I can't
seem to do it any other way) preparing to leave again.
another, though, since there are only 3 empty compartments left!