Thursday, March 22, 2012
Craft Room Blues
"Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else." ~ George Halas
I love many things about the craft room we created out of our covered parking space a number of years ago. Every morning there is wonderful light streaming in from the window on the left in this picture. I still love the cheerful yellow paint I chose for the walls. I love the ceramic tile floor, and even the plastic table and chairs (love it when my family comes in on a Saturday morning to sit with me and drink coffee while I putter). I even love the fact that because it's pretty small, I can usually just turn around and grab what I want without getting up.
But as you can see, it is full of junk! It often serves as the family dumping ground for things we don't know where else to put. And okay, I'll admit it, my packrat tendencies have also influenced the state of this room. I've been scouting out ideas on the Internet, and trying to weed through the junk bit by bit. But it occurred to me that the best thing I could do would be to simply take everything out, wash, patch and repaint the walls, and then decide very carefully what is allowed back in and where it should go. Part of my problem is, I have things I would love to donate somewhere, but have no clue where to take them!
Since I don't happen to have a storage locker handy to hold the entire contents of this room while I purge, I'll have to keep working piecemeal. But the first order of business really needs to be packing up what I don't want to keep and finding a place to take it. We're only talking here about useful things in good condition, like books and rubber stamps. I have no qualms about dumping out trash! Unless of course it clearly might come in handy one day.
Eventually, I hope to be able to show photos of the decluttering and revamping of my craft room. But first, sadly, I have to work. I have a ton of projects to translate. It's so hard to focus on that when my mind keeps jumping to cleaning/reorganizing!