How Do You Organize? with Geninne D. Zlatkis

The Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx interviews will hopefully return next week. I know I didn’t post one last week either and I also know you all love them. I do have 12 interviews in the works, in various stages of readiness, but nothing complete, so you will just have to wait. I’m adjusting to not having an intern(s) this semester. 😉

In the meantime, here’s a special How Do You Organize? to hold you over. Artist, designer and blogger Geninne D. Zlatkis (Blog + Shop) gives us a peek into her home and studio and shares some of her organizational solutions. I am a big fan of Geninne’s work, so it’s no surprise that her home and studio is just as lovely. What do you think?

Also, If you want to share your organization solutions, problems, before & afters or anything else related to organization, send me an email. I’d love to take a look.

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How would you describe your organizational style? Are you more “everything has its place” or “a little clutter breeds creativity”?

I would have to say my style is  very organized, bordering on OCD, which I inherited from my dad who’s an order zen master. I’m most creative when my studio has just been cleaned and my tables are clutter free. I like to start that way, but during the process my desk is always chaotic.
Is organization a chore or something that you do gladly?
I absolutely love organizing and finding better storage solutions for our home. It gives me peace of mind.

kitchen layout

Your kitchen is so open and bright and so free of clutter. How do you do it?
I prefer open shelving instead of upper cabinets in the kitchen. We have lots of storage space below in the drawers, but like to keep all the plates and glasses within easy reach. My husband, Manolo, designed and built the house giving special attention to getting as much natural light as possible.
I love this corner window  in the kitchen (pictured below), it houses my wooden spoon collection and gives me easy access to all the things I use most when cooking like salt, pepper and oils. My husband designed all of our furniture as well and was able to keep in mind all the things we needed to store away in the kitchen.

What works well in terms of your working/designing space? What doesn’t work?

I love the fact that I have two desks to work in. One has my computer and the other one is just for painting and doing my collages. I’m really happy with how the studio works right now. I do regret not having a  BIG closet in the studio to be able to store all the things I don’t want to look at on a daily basis. If we ever build another house I will make sure to have a closet in the studio area.

painting and drawing supplies

What’s the story behind that wooden piece you are storing your pencils and brushes in? Do you know what it was originally used for?

I found that beautiful wood piece at Three Potato Four shop. It was originally used in Mexico to mold raw sugar cones called “piloncillo”.  When I saw it I  knew instantly that it would be perfect for storing all my watercolor brushes and pencils.

Share a storage or organizational problem that you solved.
I recently re-organized the layout in my studio and moved all the furniture around until I found the best place for my two desks and the cabinets that hold all of my supplies. I put my desk next to a window I can have open now that it’s  starting to get warm and it’s like having a natural air conditioner. I really love working with a light breeze.
This little chest of drawers (above), I call  it my cabinet of curiosities, I don’t know what I’d do without it! I always loved library card index cabinet and that was my inspiration when I designed it. My husband had it custom made for me with a carpenter and it keeps all of the little things I use in my studio, like business cards, pencils, inks, erasers, etc.

What a lovely corner. Can you tell us about it?
I collect totes and bags from Bookhou and I wanted to be able to see them because Arounna’s work always inspired me.

I also keep an inspiration board in the studio that I change regularly with things I love to look at. I covered three inexpensive metal magnet boards from IKEA many, many years ago with fabric and I love that they’re a neutral background to display all of my bits of inspiration.


  1. I wandered over here from Geninne’s FB page too. Great post! I’m going to have to check out the rest of THIS site! Looks very interesting.

  2. Ooo… I need all help I can get in the field of organization :)) Geninne is talented in so many ways, including this one. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Excellent series on organization for creative people! I read all four articles so far and got lots of good tips from each one. Would love to see more. Nice quality photos too! Thank you 🙂

  4. I’m a big fan of Geninne’s and it’s via her FB page that I’ve found you.

    Thank you for sharing this today, I’ll enjoy visiting your space more often.

    Felicity x

  5. I love Geninne’s everything! Her home, her work, her ethos. She is so inspiring and makes me look at my life with new eyes. Her husband is obviously just as talented having created such a beautiful living space for his family. They really are the bees knees. Awesome article. Thanks for the inspiration. x

  6. I absolutely love organization…especially when it comes to providing more space! I am always looking for new ways to make a room more efficient while at the same time more visually appealing. This post is full of great examples!

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