Clearing out My Crafts 1.0

Clearing out My Crafts 1.0

I have been on a cleaning streak lately, attempting to clear out the clutter.

Here’s why.

I love to craft. Love, love, love it! I play around with paper crafts, such as, scrapbooking, cardmaking, journal construction and design. I play around with fabric: quilts of all sizes, pencil pouches, journal covers, art pages, and other stuff. I play around with paints and inks, creating ATCs (artist trading cards), journal pages, tags, and other creative doo-dads.

All the items that I use for this crafting and creating take up room. And because I always think of something that I can do with anything, I had amassed a large number of scraps of paper, bottle caps, aluminum cans, toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, glass beads, pieces of string, and on and on and on.

With piles of random stuff all over my work space, I had two problems. First of all, obviously, I had no space to create anything. Secondly, everytime I approached my work space, I would be bombarded with so many ideas that I couldn’t focus on a single one.

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I started feeling overwhelmed and, frankly, unhappy, that I couldn’t get to stuff. So after the semester ended. I dug in.

At my first pass, (yes, that’s right, I had to go through more than once), I just got rid of stuff that was renewable. These were things like aluminum cans, toilet paper rolls, pieces of cardboard, and other mostly recyclable material. All of these things were constantly coming across my desk. I could never run out because we use stuff that produce more of these lovely crafting items.

I was starting to see the tops of bookshelves and inside of cubbies. But, I had to stop at that point because, believe it or not, I had completely filled the entire curbside recycling bin.

My area looked so much better…but still not where I wanted it to be, namely, usable. And in the process, I discovered so many cool things that I owned and had completely forgotten about. (I’ll be making stuff with some of them and posting them pretty soon!)

And I’ll also be telling you about my second pass.

Thanks for coming along with me on this ride!
And let me know your thoughts!

Clear the Clothes Closet Clutter

I can hear you all groaning because that is what I did when it was time for me to tackle this project.

It was actually the sound I made every time I opened my closet door.

But I knew I had to clear stuff out because, I hate to admit it, stuff was going in and getting lost. And not my stuff.

Let me explain. In our house, when a child loses electronic privileges, the device gets taken from said child and placed in my clothes closet. Not just placed, actually. It is hidden.

This process was going very well until the children started directing me to the confiscated devices when I couldn’t find them in a hurry. That told me that a. I wasn’t being creative enough in my hiding places, and b. the kids were on to my regular stash locations.

Not good.

So the last time my son sneaked his device, I took it away and hid it.

NOT in one of my usual hiding places. I was soooooo creative.

And for six solid months, I was unable to find it. anywhere. in. my. closet.

So finally, after weeks of procrastinating, I bit the bullet and went through my closet.

I went through each shelf and finally put away my winter sweaters and pulled out my summer clothes.

I tried on each pair of pants, each pair of shorts, each shirt, and each skirt. And then I realistically, painfully, got rid of the ones that didn’t fit. And would not fit unless I time traveled back to before I bore children. Seriously. You can’t lose weight in your bones.

I discarded each pair of shoes that I was saving in the hope that I would be able to break in, despite the blisters on top of the blisters.

By the time I was done, I had two large bags of Goodwill donations (including some of my husbands old t-shirts and shoes).

And in the process, I found the long lost device.

And then hid it again! Somewhere he will never find it…

right beside my bed.