In the new apartment, I first set my altar up on a corner of the counter. It was greatly reduced in size and everything sat on a placemat. That was my entire altar and all my supplies were hidden away in a tote. Working was pretty much a pain in the ass and it didn't take long before I was actually avoiding it. So, I moved all my supplies into the top two drawers of my dresser and set my altar on top. A bit better, but still not enough room for all my actives and it was out of the way. I could hold ritual and do a bit of spellwork, but was still very limited. I made due for over year, but recently I had to make a major change.
It started out with me clearing the entire top of our split level bar and cl,aiming that as my altar/ritual space. I had room for all my trappings and being able to see it durring the day was a great inspiration. Next was adding a small divided box laid on its side to the .....counter below to use as storage for all the miscellany I collected in that corner and using the top for an ancestor altar. It was great! I had a large designated space for my sacred items, it was beautiful, and most of all it was functional. One might think I had it made, but there was still a small issue.
The counter below my altar space was my disorganized catch all. Everything I didn't have time to deal with immediately got tossed on that counter and blocked my access to the altar. Repeatedly, I cleared it off and vowed to never again junk it up and repeatedly I failed. For weeks, I struggled with the space. I knew if I gave it over to my practice and made it a witchy space I would no longer allow it to become my "hoarder corner", but the thought of giving up 3/4 of my counter space brought hesitation.
One day, while browsing YouTube, everything changed. I saw a video by one of the witches I follow and it was entitled "How Important is Your Practice." I didn't even watch the video. I had to clean off that damn counter! After clearing the counter, I laid out an old mirror that I use as a work space and I left it there. That counter is now off limits for everything except magickal working and to everyone except me. Ever time I see it, my confidence as a witch is boosted and I very proudly think, "Yes, I am a witch and I have important magick to make."
Do you have a permanent altar space? How does it affect your practice?