How to Be an Organized Artist


Most artists can turn out to be helplessly messy, with disorganized workstations, cabinets, and paints brushes etc. It’s not that artists like being lazy or dirty, rather the nature of their work requires them to be overly creative and artistic with little time of staying organized. Nevertheless, being organized can enhance an artist’s productivity, spending less time looking for required essentials such as brushes and paints and creating more time for crucial tasks. Here are few tips on how to be an organized artist all time round.

Group Related Supplies

Keeping related art supplies together by grouping them can increase an artist’s efficiency. Related photography items such as cords, lens, and batteries can be stored in the same quadrant for easy access. Panting items such as assorted paints should be kept with brushes and clean canvas. By grouping the essentials together, an artist is able to create other broader categories of similar related items.

Dedicated Workspace

Working at several places in the workstation will only make the place look messy. An artist should have a clean dedicated working space that makes working easier. Having a clean working space does not require cleaning the entire studio or art room. Discarding any unnecessary materials, emptying trash bin and wiping dirty surfaces could be some of the regular tasks in keeping the working space clean. Keeping the working space clean at the end of each day makes it easier to start working immediately the following day without the need for tidying up.

Use Visual Containers

Most artists prefer to keep their supplies at close vicinity, where they can just pick them when needed. As a result, the working space may become cluttered with different items, some of which might not be required immediately. Using visual containers; old glasses, glass jars, vases, transparent plastic containers etc. can enhance artist’s organization by keeping supplies visually near without disorganizing and cluttering the working space.

Use the Art Room Creatively

Every square inch of the art room should be used creatively for storage purposes. While most artists prefer the use of shelves and cabinets for storage, a studio or art space can be repurposed with other storage options to increase storage efficiency. For example, clotheslines and clips can be used to hang photos, sketches and reference materials. Installing a wire clothesline is not only cheap and easy, but it can also be used with a variety of art projects as needed.