Make way for making!

Make way for making!

This quarter, our theme on Make: Online is “Make: Time & Space.” No, we’re not talking about hacking the underlying fabric of reality (altho, if you have any cool projects in that realm, do ping me!). We’re talking about all of the things you can do to organize your life, both physical and mental, to make room for making. We frequently hear from people (heck, we voice it ourselves sometimes) that time cannot be found in our busy lives for indulging in our hobbies, undertaking our pet projects, repairing our own appliances, cars, and gadgets, etc. So we thought it might be fun and productive to pick our collective brains, those of our extended maker family, and yours, to collect tools, tips, and techniques for better project organization and planning. So, over the next three months, we’ll look at everything from how to organize your workspace to how to organize your head to be more productive in DIY.

We’ve been really digging, and digging into, people’s workspaces of late, looking over their shoulders and hearing about their shops. We’ll continue to do that, as well as getting into some of the nuts and bolts (er… so to speak) of their set-ups. We’ll also look at project management techniques, software (and dead treeware) for organizing yourself, how to best do projects with kids, and lots more. And, it being springtime, we know some of you are itching to clean and organize your project spaces, so we’ll cover cleaning as well.

We’d love to get your take on all of this. What tips can you share with fellow makers that might help them organize their physical spaces and free up their time for doing more making? Please email us with your ideas.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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