Let me tell you, I’ve never had such a relaxing and enjoyable time cleaning my studio. Usually it’s a struggle, a chore, something I put off to the very last minute ’cause I don’t want to deal with all that crap….! But this time I not only told myself it’s not a pile of crap, I made a list of the major chores to be done – put paper back in bins, put tools away, etc. – and it worked beautifully! I chose a few chores each night, tried not to get tooo very distracted while doing them, and let go of the pressure. Aaahhhhhhh.
Consequently, I’ll finish up tonight – hooray! Last night I put away all the fabric I had pulled out recently (or bought recently, who am I kidding?) and washed in preparation for sewing because, really, I’m not going to sew all of it in the next week so why leave it in the way? It’s all neatly stacked on a shelf where I can see it and pull one off when I’m ready for the next sewing project. Check! Amazing how much space, mentally and physically, opened up with just that one task.
I also sorted through the mend/alter pile and decided to keep it all with the promise to myself I’ll actually do it. It’s basic stuff, most of which will take less than 30 minutes to complete: mend rips in pants and shorts for Matt, put darts in the back of two pairs of pants for me, fix one of his hunting vests, patch a hole in a shopping bag, slightly alter several dance tops and skits… all such doable stuff to be sitting there forever. You better believe I’ll put one of these on my list each evening going forward!
Tonight’s tasks will include putting away the last little nitpicky piles of odds and ends, putting a few items back into storage, pulling some items from storage for Saturday’s project, and gathering the rest of the supplies I think we’ll need for Saturday. Now that I have open surfaces to work on again I’m itching to get back to it – I’m several months behind on my book-a-month project, the SIBCs (last ones completed were these ), I have all that sewing I want to do, and a few other projects have been tapping on my shoulder lately. I’m feeling creative again, and I love that. (Speaking of creativity, I LOVE these. Lisa is awesome. And this is where I stomp my foot like a little girl and cry “why can’t I find any porcupine quills??” = )
Lately I’ve looked in my studio and grimaced in disgust but not now! Now I peek in with a smile.