I’m very good at starting projects. At any given time, I will have a selection of knitting and sewing projects in the works as well as an assortment of other crafts. In fact, at the time of writing, I have 15 works in progress (WIPs).
This is ridiculous.
I live in a one-bedroom flat. I moved in more than two years ago. To this day, there are still unpacked moving boxes in my living room, my bedroom and the hallway – mostly stuffed with craft supplies. Several rounds of mild decluttering have not had the desired effect of having all my worldly goods unpacked before I have to repack them to move on somewhere else.
Part of the problem is that I like stuff. I am materialistic, in the sense that I bestow value upon material goods because materials goods are amazing! I can derive intense pleasure from having a great book on my bookshelf, a beautiful dress in my closet, and souvenirs and trinkets on display. But enough is enough. My home is no longer a place of rest, but a place of anxiety. When I sit down and do nothing, I feel anxious about the things I’m not finishing. When I try and find something, I have to rip apart half my flat. When I want to use my table for sewing, I have to cover every other flat surface in the house with the stuff that was on the table. No more! Starting today, and starting with this blog, I am going to reclaim my living space.
And I’m going to do it by crafting through my stash.
Perhaps not the most conventional or useful method of decluttering, but hear me out. Most of what I make is either functional or intended as a gift for other people. If it’s functional, it can find its proper place in my living space (e.g. my wardrobe). If it’s a gift – that’s even better, because that means it can leave my living space and go bother someone else. In addition to the 15 WIPs, I can think of 19 planned projects right off the top of my head for which I have all or most of the supplies. That’s without going to check my stash of various supplies to see what I could make, or had planned to make, with those things. I hope that finishing these projects will free up space in my head and in my life.
I’m chronicling my progress on this blog so that A) I have a record of what I have done so far, in the hopes that I will appreciate the progress I’ve made; B) I am, in my mind, accountable to my (imaginary) “audience”; and C) to share the end results, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and to get feedback, criticism and tips and tricks in return!
On the right of this blog, you will see a list of my current WIPs, roughly in order of how much work is needed to finish them (least to most).
First goal: Get the WIP-list down to max. 6 before starting a new project.
Second goal: Never let the WIP-list get over 8 again.
Third goal: Don’t buy any new supplies unless needed for a WIP or for a specific gift for a specific person for a specific occasion.
Fourth goal: Moving boxes that are emptied get folded up and put in the cellar. No new items shall enter the moving boxes.
So that’s it! Not sure how often I’ll be reporting here, but I’ll aim for either once a week or as and when I finish projects. I also ask for your forgiveness in advance for posting the occasional non-craft related decluttering post. Let’s go!