By Lin Parkin
February 23, 2011
Is your recording studio a little on the unmanageable side?
Have you become accustomed to working in a workspace that really isn't workable or healthy for that matter?
If so, today's the day to get moving! Learn about five things you can do to decluttering your home recording studio environment in today's VOX Daily.
What A Mess!
Clutter seems to accumulate at an alarming speed. One day your workspace is clean and tidy, the next papers are strewn everywhere, there's cords all over the place and, eww, there's that mug you forgot to wash out three days ago!
No matter what you do, clutter can seriously throw you off your work groove. Here are a few suggestions on how to declutter your voice over recording studio:
1. File Loose Papers
Lose papers are distracting. If you're like me you may find that your in/out tray gets overloaded with items that should either be recycled or archived. Simplify your life and green up your workspace by going paper free. Try getting used to reading scripts off your computer screen.
2. Banish Knickknacks and Dirty Dishes
Those knickknacks you didn't know what to do with after your last Caribbean vacation shouldn't end up in your studio. They will pull you out of your work and back onto a sandy beach somewhere - not an ideal place for concentrating on your voice over work. Oh, and take those dirty dishes to the sink!
3. Bundle Electrical Cords
A recording studio has electrical cords everywhere. Not only are they unsightly but it's also a hazard. Try to keep them neat and tidy by bundling them together and, preferable, off the floor to prevent accidents.
4. Store Unused Equipment
In an effort to please everyone sometimes we buy more equipment than is necessary to have on hand all of the time. In many cases these pieces of extra equipment become paperweights or get buried beneath other clutter. Is it really necessary to have five computers in your studio? Store or sell equipment that you don't use.
5. Purge Your Desktop
Both literally and virtually. Remove all of the stuff cluttering up your desk - computer and all. Wipe down your desk top, then put back only what you use on a daily basis. Recycle, toss, or store the rest. Now, open up your computer desktop and clear off any icons that you don't use and divide all of your documents into just three folders such as archives, working, and new. When online try to keep the number of windows you have open to a minimum and avoid keeping time-stealers like your email or solitaire open at all times.
Those are just some ways that you can declutter your studio. Another important way to keep your concentration is to locate your studio in a quite place that you can close off from the rest of your home. In other words, get a door and lock it. Your studio walls should also be free of windows and decorations.
Do have tips on keeping a clutter-free studio?
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Looking forward to hearing your tips,
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