The Studio continues to become clearer and cleaner. It may not seem like a huge deal, but culling even things like pins and seam rippers can make a difference. When I got rid of all those pins and needles the other day, for instance, I felt like it must be silly to go through all that trouble for such tiny things. But those tiny things added up. When I collected all the discarded sewing supplies together, I discovered they filled two cardboard boxes. Two! I just removed two boxes’ worth of unneeded sewing supplies from my room, two boxes that once required storage space and a home, that I no longer need to move around. Two boxes, just for one craft. That doesn’t count the box of knitting and embroidery supplies, nor the bags of yarn and fiber that will also leave my house soon.
No wonder I felt so crowded. No wonder why I couldn’t find anything! I had to dig through two boxes’ worth of supplies I didn’t need every time I wanted to find something specific. This new leaner system of organizing has also brought up an interesting situation. I suddenly have too much storage.
Don’t get me wrong; storage can be used for many things. The tall green latching bins I have are designed to work as file folder boxes, too, so they’re good. But the other stuff – shoeboxes both cardboard and plastic; cute buckets; tins; baskets – these are piling up in my bedroom in some kind of crazy tower. I always thought my problem was lack of storage. Turns out it was simply too much stuff and a lack of organization. I still can’t get over how my general crafting supplies all fit into a single cube. Or how my art supplies – not counting my pencils and markers – fit into a single ordinary plastic shoebox. I could have sworn I had so much more that I needed to keep, and yet…more stuff leaves every day. More pens and markers leave, more knitting needles and pincushions leave. These things took up space in my head and my room.
I’m not sure where I’m going with all this except…it’s still a work in progress. I have so much left to do, though it’s getting easier to manage every day.