The photos above are just samples to represent two versions of a studio scene but hopefully it will help to illustrate the point below.


I thought it would be fun to share a little fable on a subject that can sometimes ruffle our feathers as artists. Organized Studio Space. I’m not sure why this is something so many of us struggle with continuously and surely I’m not alone in this situation in keep my studio neat and organized. But I hope this fable, my own experience and a few tips below could help you rethink how having an organized studio space can truly change the trajectory of our art careers.

Once upon a time, in a quaint little studio nestled between towering canvases and colorful palettes, there lived an artist named Sam. Now, Sam was a brilliant artist, but when it came to organization, well, let’s just say chaos was his middle name.

Sam’s studio was like a tornado had paid a visit—it was messy, disorganized, and finding anything amidst the artistic debris was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Brushes mingled with tubes of paint, and canvases leaned against each other like a drunken domino waiting to fall.

One fateful day, as Sam was rummaging through the clutter, he stumbled upon a dusty, forgotten corner where a mysterious five-drawer cabinet stood. It was like finding buried treasure in a sea of chaos. With a shrug and a hopeful heart, Sam decided to give it a try.

Sam began by carefully sorting through the chaos, assigning each drawer a purpose. Brushes here, paints there, and tools in another—everything had its designated spot. As the clutter began to disappear and order emerged, something miraculous happened.

Suddenly, Sam found himself spending less time searching for lost supplies and more time actually creating art. The once-elusive paintbrushes were now easily within reach, and Sam could actually see what colors he had without accidentally squeezing out a tube of crimson red instead of burnt sienna.

As days turned into weeks, Sam’s studio underwent a transformation worthy of a home makeover show. Gone were the days of creative frustration and lost inspiration. With the help of his trusty five-drawer cabinet, Sam’s art flourished like never before.

But the real magic happened when Sam’s fellow artists caught wind of the miraculous transformation. They marveled at Sam’s newfound organization skills and begged for the secret behind the five-drawer cabinet’s power.

With a twinkle in his eye and a smirk on his lips, Sam simply replied, “It’s not just a cabinet—it’s a magical portal to artistic enlightenment.”

And so, dear reader, the legend of the miraculous five-drawer cabinet was born, proving once and for all that sometimes, all it takes to change your life is a little bit of organization and a whole lot of artistic flair.

How One Small Cabinet Transformed My Art Studio

Let me share with you a real-life story that completely transformed my art practice: a simple five-drawer cabinet. Yes, you read that correctly. This unassuming piece of furniture worked wonders in converting my slightly cluttered studio into an organized sanctuary of creativity.

For the longest time, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect artist table or taboret that would suit both my workflow and my studio space. I scoured Pinterest, browsed through art supply websites, and encountered countless styles, but I yearned for something straightforward and budget-friendly. During my search, I stumbled upon a small white five-drawer cabinet on Amazon. Although it wasn’t specifically tailored for artist supplies, it seemed to align perfectly with what I needed. With my husband’s help, we dedicated a Saturday afternoon to assembling the cabinet. I’m immensely grateful for his support. To prevent brushes and tubes of paint from rolling around, I lined the shelves with non-skid shelf liner.

The end result? This humble five-drawer cabinet has truly revolutionized my art practice!

So, why do artists need to be organized? Let me break it down for you.

  1. Save Money: Before the cabinet came into my life, I had brushes scattered in jars and paints jumbled in bins. It felt artsy, but it was a nightmare for my wallet. I kept buying new brushes because I couldn’t find the ones I had. With designated drawers for brushes and paints, I can now see exactly what I have and what I need. No more unnecessary purchases of Ultramarine blue!
  2. Wasting Time: Time is precious, and my cabinet helped me reclaim it. Now, my frequently used tools are within arm’s reach in the top drawer. No more hunting around for my scraper or color wheel. With everything neatly organized, I can spend less time searching and more time creating.
  3. Saving Time: Yes, I said it twice because it’s that important. With my art supplies neatly stored and easily accessible, setting up for a painting session takes mere minutes. No more excuses about not having time to paint. My art cart, equipped with all essentials, can be wheeled wherever inspiration strikes.
  4. Boost Creativity: Cluttered spaces equal cluttered minds. When my studio is organized, my mind is free to roam creatively. I find it easier to tap into my imagination when my environment is clean and clutter-free. Plus, there’s something inspiring about seeing all my materials neatly arranged—it fuels my creativity.
  5. Reduce Stress: Ah, the sweet relief of a clutter-free studio. Organizing my space has significantly reduced my stress levels. No more frantic searches for misplaced tools or paints. A tidy studio equals a calm and focused mind.
  6. Clear the Path to Success: Clutter isn’t just physical—it can block your success. By decluttering my studio and organizing my supplies, I’ve cleared the path for artistic growth and achievement.
  7. Start Small: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was my organized studio. Start small, like I did with my trusty five-drawer cabinet. You’ll be amazed at how even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your creative practice.

Remember, the state of your studio is the state of your mind. So, take a cue from my journey and invest in organization. Your art—and your sanity—will thank you.

Taking this time to find order allows you to demonstrate your commitment to your practice, your art business and your desire to grow. God won’t bless you with more until you prove yourself faithful with what you’ve been given and being faithful in the little things, you’re sending a powerful message to yourself and to your Creator.

Keep believing in your dreams!


Here’s some details on this little but amazing 5-drawer cabinet

Size: 16″D x 19.25″W x 26.25″H

White finish over composite wood for a contemporary look

Optional locking casters for smooth portability

weight: 43 lbs

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