I've been talking a lot about getting myself organized. Well, I finally attempted it today! I feel a little guilty since I spent time cleaning and organizing most of the day letting the kids watch a hefty dose of Caillou. The guilt that I feel about letting the kids watch tv definitely competes with the satisfaction of putting together and organizing my crafts. I still have a ton to do, and a ton to clean out and donate (which I so don't want to do because I love each and every supply that I have bought for the different crafts that I love) since I no longer have any room for everything I now own.
The first thing I started with is organizing my material and my yarn. Holy craft supplies, do I have a ton of yarn and a decent supply of fabric. Right now I have my yarn sorted by fiber content. I have a couple of small boxes of cotton yarn separated between color and neutrals. I have a large and medium size bin of yarns that are mostly synthetic, and a large bin of yarn that is mostly 100% wool with some blends thrown in. All bins have more than one project in the works in them, plus I have a decorative bin in the living room with projects in it Now I can go into each bin and know what I have for yarn in what type of fiber content instead of trying to find it all mixed in together.
My material has been organized by either fabric content, color, fat quarter, or pattern ie holiday, child, etc. I have a decent amount of fabric that has mostly been bought for different potential quilts. I have a couple bins that have material set aside for different possible projects that have been planned, but not started. I have a bin of patterns, plus a bunch of patterns that are in my closet, and a couple by my bed. I have my box of thread and notions all together, but I'm sure that there is more sewing stuff that needs to get organized. I do have a decent bag of material and yarn that I am going to donate. Now that I think about it, I should probably keep a large piece of blue striped fleece and give away the ugly green fleece that I bought for some unknown reason.
I still ahve the rest of my craft supplies to go through. I have a ton of rubber stamps and paper crafting supplies. I loave to make cards and scrapbook, but I just don't have the time. It is going to be really difficult to get rid of some of the things that I will be purging. I may call a friend and see if there is anything that she wants when I decide to get rid of things, if I can bring myself to do it! I also have my jewelry making supplies that I should go through and see if there are any beads that I can't see myself ever using. I doubt it as I am usually pretty picky on what beads I buy. Maybe if I can get my supplies in order, I can start making things again. Maybe if I can get a spot cleared out, I can start a project and leave it up, instead of having to always clean everything up and then having to take the time to take it out again and clean up again!
My goal is to set aside and area of the basement for a small table or desk. I am hoping my brother in law leaves soon since he is staying in our basement and making it more difficult to actually be able to get down there and craft. Even my husband doesn't feel like he can get into his woodshop and do things. I am hoping to move a drop leaf table that we have to another area for folding clothes, I am hoping that it will open up an area to have a desk or table or even a make your own desk out of a countertop and file cabinets to set up my sewing machine, and have space to do my paper crafting and jewelry. maybe then I can also think about selling some of the things that I make if I have a space to set up and do some nice work.
I still have many supplies that I don't have room for, but will not be getting rid of. I have a small kiln, that had bought for glass fusing and other light projects. I have all my wood working supplies including my carving tools and my lathe. I can't believe that I haven't touched any of that since probably before I was in grad school. I am looking forward to have some time to create and if I can get organized, maybe then I will be a little more able to create more often!
I do still have the rest of the house to organize, but this was a huge start and really needed to be done so that I can get to the other areas of the house. I think the next area is going through the kids toys. I have a few that I am getting rid of, but I'm sure that there are more that I can either get rid of or put away and pull out later after I swap out other toys! I also did semi organize the kitchen, but again, I need to do more. I am also going to get better at planning my menu for the week and sticking too it. I have been menu planning , but the problem is I don't always follow it. I am giving myself a pat on the back for starting to get organized, but there is still so much to do and then maintain!