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This may turn into a rambling thread, but I want to write it out to get my mind cleared. It's a companion thought to this thread: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=531788" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=531788</a><br><br>
It's also a result of the April Office Challenge. Well, I'm going to keep working in here for the month of May because I want to make my room pretty as well. That will take a few more weeks.<br><br>
Anyways...things I have come to discover while in my craft mess (admittedly, this room wasn't that poorly organized, but there was just way too much!) Remember, I have gone through this room many times. This time, I kept trying to envision the end product of what I want this space to be. I want it to be a relaxing haven, not a junk room, so some serious changes need to be made!<br><br>
1) I can admire an item (medium, technique) without feeling the compulsion to run out and buy the supplies. It's okay to be *just* an admirer.<br><br>
2) Just because you can diy, it doesn't mean you have to. It's okay to focus my hobby time on what I want. I can buy the rest guilt-free. I'm not sure why I have allowed making gifts for others to take priority over making things for me or working on my scrapbooks.<br><br>
3) Getting rid of UFOs is an incredible way to release guilt. I can't even tell you how thrilled and freed up I feel right now. half-pieced quilt top that I don't even know what I would do with the finished project but started as a tester for a class I was thinking of teaching--gone!! extra bolt of fabric from previous home dec project that I am frankly sick of looking at, yes, I could use this to decorate my bedroom, but it's gone!!! You get the idea.<br><br>
4) Limits are actually a way to free up creativity! I know it sounds kind of crazy, but I thrive with a limited set of things or a problem. When there is just too much, I get overwhelmed and have a severe case of crafter's ADD.<br><br>
5) My craft room is meant to serve me. I am the boss.<br><br>
I have more work to do, but I am feeling a huge weight lifted this week. On Monday, it was so out of control that I told a friend I was considering just giving it all up. But now, I have realized that I just need to limit and focus.<br><br>
This was probably a long, boring read, but I feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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no this is a great thing! I am going to have my own craft room soon and I enjoy reading what you're saying. I declutter my scrapbooking stash quite frequently. ITs easier to do though since its all packed in a larger holder that has wheels etc and I take it to my crops.<br><br>
BUT, I want to have my room house my sewing, craft area, maybe office and also a place for the girls to eventually do homework since the room will be on another floor away from the tv area.<br><br>
Posting pics??
 

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I will when I get it done which won't be for a bit. There are befores on the April office challenge. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks for reading my random thoughts.
 

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I attach a lot of guilt to my crafting supplies. It's all in boxes in the basement, sewing (I have a scary stash of fabric and patterns<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: ), cross stitch, plastic canvas, ect... I do keep my scrapbooking stuff in my room, but it's in need of a good going through.<br><br>
I am planning on going through my fabric this week and being honest about what I will never use. Then it will be UFO clearing time.<br><br>
I would love to have a craft room, or even a small space so I could leave things out! I got so much done in the old days when I had a desk to scrap at or was able to leave my sewing stuff out.
 

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This weekend i worked on 3 bags that were WIP; one i finished. now mon morning, i feel so good.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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