I have 4 large shelf units in my area which are now filled with (mostly) carefully labeled clear Rubbermaids. Some may have 6 or 7 labels on them so I actually know ALL the different things that might reside within. I have mostly resisted my urge to label a container as containing "miscellaneous".
As we go to the work area photos, you can see that my definition of "organized" can be taken very loosely. What I discovered is that there seems to be a point of critical mass that makes it impossible for me to work. Then as I start to clean and put away and organize, there is also a magic point at which I suddenly do feel able to work. The good part is seeing some item and being able to put it away because there actually is a designated space for it.
My work wall too. As I work on a piece, I repeatedly move it from the work table to the wall. It may hang there for days or weeks while I look at it (while working on other pieces) trying to see where it is going next. When the wall is too full of works in progress or finished works, I don't have a creative thought in my head. Remove some items from the wall, and voila!... creativity re-enters the room.
After I cleaned, Nils did his part, cleaning the tool bench and the pottery area, and since then, we have both been on a creative roll. I think we've learned that at least a certain degree of orderliness and organization is good. We are off to a positive start!
I took photos yesterday of a new piece that I finished entitled, "Buddha Getting Out of Dodge." I'll post those probably tomorrow, then some pictures of a work nearly completed, and another work in the early stages as I figure out where it is going.
May your New Year be the best! Oh, and rejoice in the fact that tomorrow's daylight will be 1 minute and 44 seconds longer than yesterday.