So…my mysterious Operation Reduce – Home project made some serious headway this weekend. But first I think we need some back-story.
So, as my interest/obsesh with all things knitting and craft related has exploded over the past few years, so has my acquisition of vair vair much yarn, felt, patterns, books, supplies and other various and sundry items. I have a touch of the Hoarders, as seen on A&E, about me, so it all has taken over random areas of my house. It was all unorganized, spread out and just generally BUMMING ME OUT. And let’s not even talk about how much it bummed J. out. You can imagine.
So, like the pantry and all the other various projects I’ve tackled each weekend, this was due for a majah overhaul. But it was so bad, I couldn’t even take ‘before’ pictures. Someone would have alerted the authorities.
I decided to tackle it though, and asked Jason what he thought about getting one of these from Ikea to hold all my craft crap. We would put it in the office, and I’d reorganize everything so it would fit in there – out of the piles in the living room, out from under the coffee table, etc. He gave an enthusiastic YES and even offered to go get it the night before he left for Ireland. That’s how excited he was about the idea. I said No, because he had plenty to do before his trip, but maybe we could get it when he got back.
So after he left, I started thinking about all the craft flotsam and jetsam I have floating around and got a wee bit overwhelmed. What if it didn’t all fit? What if that wasn’t the best solution? So I took the bull by the horns and started the Grand-daddy of all projects and went about gathering, sorting and cataloguing my entire collection. And people, it took me all week while he was gone! I worked every night while watching all the movies. But I got a handle on everything I have (including digging up stuff I forgot I have – oy!) and getting it ready for the shelving system OF POWER.
So, here are a few before pictures. This is all I can bear to bare to you.
This is the area by the couch. Various mags, books, and in-progress knitting items all piled up in no order. Ugh.
Here are two office shots. Messy messy. Grody grody.
Here are various embroidery books, sewing books, art books. Gathered together and at least organized…waiting for a new home.
Here is the entry-way of our house. I had to set up our folding table and use it as a staging area. This is all felt, embroidery, jewelry and various other crafty crappy stuff, finally organized and also looking for a new home.
Over here is another ‘staging area.’ This is stuff I decided I don’t want/need anymore and I’ve listed it for sale online.
Now for the good stuff…Yesterday J. went to Ikea and purchased the shelf and set it up for me. Here it is with a little bit loaded on it. It’s in the office, against the biggest wall. I started by loading up all my books – trying to categorize them into cubes that made sense.
Here it is with more stuff in it, organized, stashed, and superfab.
I also used it to hang up a few of the things I made that have just been lying around:
And here’s the living room. The corner that had the piles of SHIT by the couch now has an $8 table from Ikea where I can put the computair (because I’m using it a lot more now with Le Blog). Underneath is a leather box that will hold in-progress projects. Much neater, much nicer looking, much less BUMMING ME OUT.
Thanks for reading/looking. This is good progress…and will enable smarter crafting, less over-buying, and more inspiration. I have lots more ideas of stuff I want to make and the cleaner surroundings lead to a less-cluttered mind, less BUMMING ME OUT, and more time for creativity. Because I kinda mock the crafty-crappy stuff, but really…it’s my numero uno favorite hobby and brings me mucho mucho joy.
It’s a good day, people!