Crafting is a stress-reducer for me and something I really love and look forward to. My time for crafting is limited but I try and do it as often as possible. Lately I haven’t been crafting as much as I’d like and it’s my own fault.
The reason? I’ve been falling into old habits and not keeping my craft space organized. I have to admit it: I let my beautiful craft desk get buried in stuff. I worked hard to carve out this space for myself last year when I took on and completed my Big Craft Clean-Up.
This is what my desk looked like the other evening.
I want to make the most of every minute of craft time and don’t want to use those precious minutes for putting stuff away. It doesn’t take long for things to pile up.
That polka dot book is my address book and it has a very nice home in the bedroom. The heat gun lives in a drawer and I don’t even have to stand up to put it away.
Paintbrushes and pens all have their place. A receipt I don’t need? The wastebasket is within convenient reach. Glue and Fluid Matte Medium (used in my Art Journal and on some Easter Eggs) also have homes.
An egg carton?! OK, it was right after Easter and I’ve been blowing eggs to decorate, but this particular carton was empty.
When I started putting away this pile of supplies, I found paper from cards I’d made for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and yes, Valentine’s Day.
More receipts! A calculator, which has a place in the green bin right next to the address book, and a pile of mail. I’m shaking my head at my own disrespectful treatment of my craft space.
Not surprisingly, the mess had crept over to my craft dresser.. More egg cartons, at least there were some eggs in evidence, and stamping supplies.
And overflow onto the floor next to the dresser. My bag of needle felting supplies has a less visible place behind the couch. But it had been sitting in this corner since February, when I felted hearts onto the sleeves of sweaters. A bin of 12×12 paper was open and the paper inside was sagging in the gap..
I realized, as Easter approached, I was feeling the sadness of another big family gathering and holiday without my dad. It sometimes feels like all I can manage is to get to work and home again and I have no energy for anything but lying on the couch with a magazine after dinner or looking at Facebook.
However, I also knew that looking at the mess on my desk was only adding to my depression and keeping me away from the crafting that I love. Piles of supplies had shrunk the available space until once again I was crafting on the dining table.
With cards I wanted to create in mind, it was time to clean up my act and occupy my desk. I was keeping myself from the joy of crafting and the very real benefit of stress relief I find in sitting with my art supplies and making something.
That’s much better!
I updated my cork board with some new, favorite cards.
I put things back where they belong and gave this new tin I picked up recently in Chinatown a spot in the corner.
Inside the tin are some stickers, jewels, washi tape and other embellishments that I love to use in cards and my art journal. Having them in one container makes it easy to bring them along when I go crafting with a friend or up to Sea Ranch.
The pens and brushes I use most frequently are in mugs – others have been put away.
Without all the supplies and stuff covering it,the desk is inviting and spacious. There is room to notice the small things like this little feather I picked up on my walk yesterday.
I seemed to find a lot of them in the weeks and months after my dad died and that was comforting to me. I hadn’t found one for a long time but yesterday, this small bit of grey plumage caught my eye. It was on the trail and it made me smile.
It would be great to say I will always keep my desk nice and neat but I know myself. For now, it is clutter-free and it has been restored as a place where I want to sit and spend time. I even sat down this morning and did my taxes!
Happy Happy Joy.
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