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Well, like everyone else I’m (grudgingly) putting my tax information together.

And I’m very happy, and somewhat relieved, to report that Cheltenham Road in its first official year of business (i.e. where that’s all I did) turned a decent profit!fireworks2OK, it’s not a buy-a-yacht-and-develop-a-coke-habit profit but it’s enough to encourage me that I have made the right choice and am going in the right direction.

However, it also made it clear to me that, though I’ve worked hard this year, I need to work harder and definitely smarter.

So that’s the goal for 2013: Nap More!  Work smarter! 

First up – spend less time looking for things.  I need things right-at-hand.

As you know, I’ve carved out a nice work room for myself Workroom Makeover Desk - Command Central but space is tight so I need to make every inch count and I noticed some prime real-estate at the end of my bookshelves.

Wasted Space Bookshelf BeforeSee?  Something could go there!

Something organizy

 So, in a very simple move I cut down and painted some peg board and viola!End of Bookshelf Storage

New, close-at-hand, hanging space for brushes, yardsticks and anything else I can think of to hang there.Bookshelf Extra Storage ProjectEasy! Simple!  Cheap!

I’ve been assured that my check from the MacArthur Foundation should arrive momentarily!DIYShowOffbuttonsmalltutorialsandtips

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I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

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  1. I will copy your project it’s neat.

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  2. So simple, so smart, so YOU!! And a very BIG congrats for completing such a successful year…….naps are important too! LOL Forget the yachts and coke….they are waaaaaay overrated (or so I’ve heard)!
    Now go and have a new year filled w/more great projects and creative adventures!

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  3. Oooh! I love it, Your place looks so organized! I would love to ditch my day job and go to doing just what I love……….someday! How long did it take you to make the switch?

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    • Thanks Jesse. I truly know the drag of the day-job life so I sympathize. It took me a couple of years of really REALLY intense saving before I quit corporate. And that savings is what has made this possible. I saved, paid off all my bills, bought a new car (mine was on it’s way out) with cash and did everything else I could do to create a financial cushion. It’s great but in order to make CR viable I must say that I am working harder than I ever have before in my life.

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  4. Is there anything you can’t do? Organize-wise that is. :)

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  5. You have really transformed this space. I love it.

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  6. Just sew some hooks on the backs on your guests jim jams and hang them on the peg boards to sleep:-) In a tidy row of course – wouldn’t want them making the place look untidy.

    Congratulations on making CR a success btw; I know only too well the stresses and strains of building a small business, but when things start to sell, well, it’s just bloody great (and less worry too);-)

    And as for the afternoon naps… I too like the odd snoozums when things have been really busy and I’ve burnt the midnight oil too much – a rest helps recharge the creative batteries (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

    Jackie

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  7. UH! Yeah!! I love your organizy space!! ;)
    I think I even have some peg board in my harry potter craft closet (under the stairs-thus harry potter…-hem.)
    I’m SO snaggin’ this awesome idea! thank you so much!!

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  8. Profit!! Yay! And nice pegboard. So…hopefully that will make it easier to make more coasters, no?

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  9. That’s awesome! Actually previous owners did the exact same thing on some shelves we have in our basement. Definitely a space saver! I wish ours looked as organized as yours though! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing! {I still haven’t completely tackled the cleaning yet…but have a good start!}

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