Sewing Room

Room 1I love the other side, don’t you? The grass seems to always be greener there! You have babies, you want them to be big. They get big, you want them to be babies. You have a sewing room, but you want to move your stuff to the living room so you can get more done. You do that and don’t realize how good you had it until you come across pictures of your sewing room the way it used to be. Alright, maybe that last one’s just me, but that’s what happened to me this morning as I was looking through my pictures trying to decide on the post for the day. I came across a set of what was meant to be “before” pictures for a post on organizing craft spaces.

I’m glad to have my epuipment in a more accessible space, but these pictures make me long for the cohesion I once had. Everything was in one spot! That was nice. Now I cut, sew, and iron in my living room, but have to run upstairs for fabric and pattern making supplies. Oh well, there’s always a trade-off, but here’s to reminiscing of days gone by:

Room 1

Room 2

This used to really drive me crazy, but it’s pretty inevitable on any flat space, isn’t it? I’ve gotten much better about not piling stuff on top of my cutting table and leaving it there now that I work right in our main living space. The downside? My daughters now use it to pile backpacks, coats, scarves, toys-and occasionally the cat-onto.

Room 4
This cabinet had all of my knit fabrics in it. Now it has my kids’ craft supplies. (And honestly, I’d much rather dig through the bins my fabric is in now than let them have free access to their craft stuff, so in this case the grass is greener on my new side of the fence!)

Room 3It was really cool having my fabric stored openly, so I could see just what I had. And if you look really closely, you’ll see the expensive Shark steamer I just had to have to steam my wedding dress, plus it would be ever-so-practical, I told my husband, because I could use it for everything, all the time, but I never used. . .not once! Man, he’s smug when he’s right!

The Moral of the Story:

Memories of the way things used to be are to be cherished, not longed for. Why go back? Let’s look ahead to bigger and better!

Also, husbands can be horribly annoying when they’re right, so when they question a purchase and you find out you were wrong, don’t return it. Just keep it in your closet for years and years and pretend like it’s worth it because it will be very useful one day . . . invaluable, even!

Organizing Break

As my readers know, I have no qualms about being an open nerd. You guys are about to see that soar to a whole new level, though! Since I’m home with my daughters now, I’m taking a break from everything I normally do besides blogging and chores to spend time with them and enjoy the holidays. (Is enjoy the correct word for extremely last minute shopping and wrapping in the dead of night and any time you can find when your kids are otherwise occupied?)

I’m very blessed to be able to spend this time with them. I’m excited for Christmas morning and the many other Christmas parties and events we have going on this week. I’m excited that we finally got the cartoon version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. But most of all, I’m excited to be able to clean my closets! Don’t adjust your screen. You read that right. If I were a superhero, all I’d need on my utility belt would be a label maker. And I would straight Save The Day!

I know a lot of crafters that share  my affinity to label making. It runs in our blood. It’s like nature’s way of balancing out our quirky, haphazard, mayhem-enous ?- way of delving into multiple projects while managing to not put any of the supplies away until our crafting area is overrun. Well, it’s usually more like our crafting area, our living room, bits of our kitchen, and possibly our garage if our current project is very work-y. The creative brain has a way of ironing all that out- and it’s the incessant desire to get organized. And while our houses may not look very organized depending on what stages of creativity we’re in at the time, we tend to be able to put everything back quickly and easily because it has a predetermined place of belonging.

Ah, if only we could stick to those predetermined spaces instead of constantly upheaving our homes to change the way everything is sorted. But, no such luck here folks. In our need to create and become better and better, we’re just going to have to make peace with the fact that we move stuff around- a lot. And we’re generally pretty good at it. That is, if we can make it through the whole organizing endeavor and get everything put back up before we crash.

Which leads me to why I love to organize my closets so much. (Not just my closets, to be honest. I obsess over my friends’ unorganized closets, too, usually until I get my way and they let me have at it.) I always says “Closets are the command centers for your house.” Yes, I know how geeky that sounds, and the actual logic there isn’t very sound, but I say it nevertheless. If the storage areas aren’t organized, it’s hard to even clean your house, because you don’t know where all that clutter really belongs. You end up with a scenario similar to when husbands clean- no junk gets moved off of counters or tables and put up. It just gets washed around. Ok, that better not be just my husband!

So I’m off to the races. If I have any major organizational epiphanies or anything muy entertaining happens while I’m sorting, I’ll be sure to let you guys know!

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