Alternate title: In which Ivy loses very important directions and has to wing it, and it all could have been avoided by keeping all her stuff in one neat place instead of keeping her stuff flung all over the house.
Darling Home Eccers, I do stupid things to help you learn from my mistakes. As my mama always said, “If you can’t be the good example, at least serve as the horrible warning.” I have spent my life living up to my mom’s sage advice. Today’s horrible warning is brought to you by the letter “O”, for organization.
You see, I have not always had lots and lots of craft stuff at my disposal. I normally keep just enough stuff on hand to do a project or two at a time. I don’t normally keep enough craft stuff on hand for every Girl Scout and old lady in the world to make 6,900 projects each. In addition to all that yarn I inherited, I also inherited a ton of sewing stuff. Not quite as much sewing stuff as yarn, but I digress.
Since I didn’t have all that much craft equipment, I kept it all neatly in a trunk that I also used for a coffee table, and in a drawer in my buffet. It worked out nicely. But now I have more stuff than I can fit in a room, so all my craft stuff is strewn everywhere. I’ve been working on my sewing lately, so I can make sewing tutorials for all you wonderful Home Eccers who are totally new to sewing but want to learn.
This book has become very popular and helped a lot of people get organized: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
What I should have been doing instead of working on my sewing, was working on making a craft area in my house, organizing everything, you know the routine. But sewing is so much more fun than organizing, so I was sewing. And then I lost the instructions to the clothing pattern I have been working on. Fortunately, I read them through several times, so I think I can put the skirt I’m working on together.
So let that be a lesson to you, Home Eccers. Organize first, sew later.
Let me ask you guys something, while I’ve got ya. I’ve got an area in my house that I am going to use for my craft area. It’s about 4 feet by 5 feet, which is small, but it will have to do because my entire house is small and I feel lucky to be able to carve out that much space. So, with that small space in mind, what do y’all think is the best way to go for storage? If you have any pictures of your craft areas, please link to them, I’d love some fabulous ideas!
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