Over the last couple of weeks I did a complete overhaul of my craft room. I decided it was time to purge the clutter from my life and get rid of all the "stuff" that was never going to be brought to completion. I have a friend who was sickened by the ruthlessness that led to thirteen bags of "trash" and a jam packed van of donations for Goodwill.
My only real regret ....
I thought I had some good "before" photos to show so you could compare them to the end result but sadly I think they were lost in the computer crash of 2012. The only two I could come up with were this
The first thing I did was relocate all of my sewing paraphernalia to one of the bedrooms. Since Andrew chose to stay in Knoxville after graduation I decided to designate his room as the guest/sewing room.
An old but trusted sewing machine, what's left of my felt bag inventory, a chest full of unfinished projects,
It was now time to return to the disaster area and focus on restoring order. It took about four days of purging, cleaning, storing, and re-arranging but the final result ..
Another look at the befores and afters ...
My goal was to organize and store as much as possible out of sight
Here's a run down of what's stashed where:
- Card making supplies, punches, embellishments, idea books
- Photos, photos, and more photos
- Crafting tools
- A whole closet of books, tools, and supplies, and shelves of stamps and the stuff that goes with them
- 12x12 paper, 2 totes under the table
- 8 1/2 11 paper, 2 6-drawer carts under the table
- Totes of family members memorabilia
- Display board of various competed and in-progress projects
- A chest of jewelry supplies, polymer clay "stuff", stickers & embellishments, specialty papers, and misc.crap that I just couldn't let go of
Everyone needs a little inspiration right?
Art work by my children looks down on me while I work and makes me smile. But, it doesn't stop there...
while going through the boys' totes of memorabilia I found a painting by each child depicting Van Gogh's Starry Night. Andrew drew his in chalk while in Kindergarten
and Ian's painting is from our co-op days (2004/5)
Dale had a poster that use to hang in his office. I bought the three together, and voila!!
Isn't this awesome?! Sadly neither of my children followed in Mom's footsteps when it comes to artistic creativity. They lean more towards Dad's musical and athletic bents. Oh well, I can always hope for daughters-in-law and granddaughters to share my enthusiasm for paper and fabric, color, paint, chalk, and things that shine. (Boys, if your reading this, can you get on that pronto please? Mama needs some crafting buddies.)
Meanwhile I am hoping that my new-found craft space will inspire me to return to creating. And if it doesn't .... well, at least I have a clean, organized space and a clear path from the living room to the kitchen!