Monthly Archives: July 2010
Last year when I set out clean up my craft room/office, I thought I did a great job. After all, I started with this:
Please excuse the small pictures and the mess! I had so much stuff I didn’t know where to start.
I had obviously let things spiral out of control. It was time to get in gear and clean it up, and so I did.
And I ended up with a room that looked like this:
Although the bookshelf didn’t get finished, the floor was at least cleaned up and I could actually walk through it without killing myself. Bonus.
I was so happy, and all kinds of proud of myself. Given that I did this while in the midst of a severe depression, it was truly an accomplishment.
Well, when my sister moved to Tennessee recently, she gave me a bunch of Rubbermaid bins and storage boxes…and they needed homes…and what started out as a small dusting and reorganizing project turned into a two day deep-clean-and-purge-fest.
I decided I was going to get real and get the stuff I was never going to touch out of here. I have to confess, I was feeling like a craft hoarder, and I didn’t like that feeling.
The upshot is I donated 2.5 shelves worth of books to the Cheboygan Public Library; a very large lot of cross stitch patterns, aida cloth, knitting supplies and a queen size quilt project to the Sand Road Senior Citizen’s Center;
I gave a healthy bunch of fabric to my mother and my cousin;
ribbon to friends, and software to various and sundry friends via Facebook.
Everyone seemed happy to receive all these items that I once thought I had to have, but will never use.
It took me 14 hours over two days, but in the end I am satisfied.
I didn’t get rid of everything, obviously. Paper crafting is a passion for me, whether it’s using my Silhouette, or designing something fun in Photoshop, digi scrapping or stamping. So all of those supplies stayed put. I have room to work on my drafting table now. Huzzah!, as we’d say at Camp Greilick. Little Man is still saying “huzzah” and it’s catching.
I won’t be replacing any of the things I got rid of.
I like this feeling of freedom. I like the echo that this room has, now that there’s not so much stuff in it.
I’m going to work on the projects I have on hand and finish them first before I move on.
At least in theory. (giggle)