The Task: To collect all of the projects I have on the go and either complete them, make some progress on them, or abandon them along with all of their accompanying craft clutter.
The Why: I have a confession to make: I like to plan for and shop for a project more than I like to actually work on a project. My craft closet was stuffed to the brim with the makings of some great (and some not-so-great!) craft projects than never came to fruition.
Plus I occasionally put off mending a torn piece of clothing for so long that by the time I finally do mend it, it no longer fits the child it belonged to when I first said "oh, no big deal, mommy can just sew that...."
When we think of clutter we often think of knick-knacks and useless kitchen gadgets, but to me the absolute worst type of clutter is to-do list clutter. Projects that hang over my head undone stress me out and make me want to avoid working on projects at all!
The How: I unloaded the craft closet into my laundry room (I wish I'd thought to take a picture. It looked like the craft store went binge drinking with your grandmothers fabric stash and together they threw up all over my laundry room.) Then I went through each item and decided which projects I would complete and which ones should be abandoned.
I spent a couple hours today working on the projects I decided to keep and was able to mend a stack of clothing and make some real progress on a couple sewing projects I am excited about.
And I have a mostly full tote of craft supplies to give away.
The Verdict: I feel so liberated! All of those projects I had planned for and shopped for and then lost interest in are no longer hanging over my head! The only half done projects left in my craft stash are ones I am super excited about.
By completing some projects and abandoning others I was able to move most of my craft stuff to just the top shelf of the craft closet, making room to use it as an organized homeschool closet as well! Woohoo!
And it is so nice to be caught up on all the clothes mending. In fact, I just might like this feeling enough that next time I say "mommy can just sew that button back on..." I will actually do it, like,um, that day!
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