Craft Supplies Diet

***WARNING*** Photos of what my crafting room actually looks like ahead… If crafting supplies in disorder, messes, clutter, and chaos stress you out, I urge you to turn back now. It stresses me out too…

I’m starting this out with something that’s been on my mind for the past few months. In order to be more accountable, I’m putting it out there.

I have more crafting stuff than I’ll be able to use in more years than I care to count.

The thing is, I don’t just do 1 or 2 types of crafts. I cannot walk into the craft store without “needing” something from almost every aisle in any type of craft / fabric store. Everything from paper crafts, quilting, sewing, embroidery, crochet, needlepoint, painting, drawing, baking, cooking, canning, woodwork, and more. Do you see where I’m going with this?

There are lots of people out there who have several WIPs in various stages of doneness. At last count, I have, literally, close to 100. *hanging head in shame* What can I say, there’s so many awesome and amazing projects out there that I love shiny and new! Then my A.D.D. kicks in and it’s old news (now before anyone gets annoyed – I’ve actually been diagnosed with A.D.D. as well as O.C.D. so I’m allowed to make fun of myself for it).

Anyhow, for 2017 I really want to try to NOT buy ANY crafting supplies of any kind with 1 exception. Items needed to finish a project I already have started. Huh? Isn’t that counter-productive or kinda like the edge of the rabbit hole? It is, but, for many things, like king sized quilts that are in various stages of doneness, rarely do I have enough money up front to buy all the needed supplies so things that I won’t need until the end (like batting / backing / quilting threads / etc) do not get purchased right away but are a needed component of actually finishing the project.

There is 1 more thing that I *may* buy in 2017 – a set of interchangable circular knitting needles from Knit Picks. I promised myself that I would learn to knit it 2017 if only to knit socks for my loving hubby. I’ve purchased 1 circular needle that was specified in the sock pattern I purchased. If it’s something I enjoy and am capable of doing, I will save up and buy a full interchangable set. This is really a big deal to me which is why I’m allowing it as an exception. Why could it be that important you ask? Well, my hubby is an amazing man who works long hard hours to provide for us and allows me to stay home with our little, late-in-life surprise blessing and doesn’t ask for anything ever. Anyhow, he’s a big man, around 6’4″ and wears a size 15 shoe. Do you know what it’s like to try to find socks that fit him? Yea… They’re functional, but I don’t think he’s ever had a pair of nice, warm, soft socks. So, that’s why it’s so important to me.

Ok, so that was 2 exceptions. But, that’s really it!

I’m so tired of the disorganization and piles here there and everywhere of crafting supplies. Another goal is to get my crafting room (yes, I said room) cleaned and organized. Right now I cannot even see my cutting table. So when I do get the urge to craft, by the time I gather everything together and get a space cleaned up to craft, I don’t want to anymore because I’m annoyed at the mess.

FYI – This room is not something that anyone has to walk thru in my home. It’s like an extra bedroom that get’s the door shut on it and forgotten about. That’s good because of the way it currently looks, but it’s bad because it’s literally become a dumping ground for anything and everything that doesn’t have a place…

craft room 12-04-16

 

Go ahead, it’s ok, take a good look at my disaster so you can feel better about your “mess” I understand.

Anyone wanna come help me organize? Awwww, come on, you know you want to. I’ll even have hubby cook up his famous fresh fried fish with hushpuppies and homemade french fries and coleslaw!

The monies that I would have used for crafting supplies will be put to good use to purchase organization supplies. Maybe another couple of bookshelves, some plastic bins, hanging storage, those sort of things. I’ve actually made an entire Pinterest board of nothing but craft room organization.

What about you? Is there anything that’s been on your mind that you would like to change / redo / or start over?

Till next time!
Mel

4 thoughts on “Craft Supplies Diet

    1. ROFL – Yea, it’s a mess. A BIG hot mess. This house is too small and my craft room is the only space that’s off limits to our little girl so it turns into the dumping grounds for anything we don’t want her to get, not to mention storage… I really do have a plan though! Watch, as soon as I finish getting it set up all nice we’ll buy something and end up moving. LOL

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