This past week, I decided to address the “Elephant” in my life – My craft studio/ craft room.
We’ve moved several houses over the years, and with every move we realized the enormous bulge in my craft supplies – (not that I had anything to do with it !! You see, there’s this fairy God mother who keeps dropping supplies in my craft room every night for sorta good behavior 🙂 )
When we left Dubai, my mastodonic craft room was the only thing I carried in its complete form – furniture, bins, cupboards, all the art supplies = everything minus the spray cans (for obvious reasons) However, after a month of ‘futile attempts’ in setting up the craft studio in the basement, I just gave up. I was overwhelmed between the pails, buckets, bins, baskets, trays, drawers and boxes full of supplies. I was fed up of labeling and mentaling tagging items. I just needed a breather – which lasted for 5 months !! (Talk about procrastination !!)
So I gradually (subconsciously ofcourse) started encroaching the dining table for my craft projects. Bit by bit, twine, cord, glue sticks, paint brushes kept sneaking upstairs.
It was easier and convenient since I was closer to the family – had easy access to the kitchen for coffee and playing ostrich (to the buried treasure in the basement) could get me this far !!
Ofcourse, you know the saying ‘out of sight – out of mind’ !
Do you know, organizer junkies claim that a cluttered work area inhibits creativity – (as much as I agree with them ) I’m living proof, that my desk is almost always a chaotic mess – yet I manage to redeem myself with creating some quirky and quaint pieces of joy every now and then.
Its not like “my craft room” is on virtual volcanic eruption mode, but my desk, almost always is.
One of the biggest hurdles of being a perfectionist is that everything has to be in its exact place and for that to happen, one has to ‘establish an exact place first’.
I ‘set’ my entire house within 3 months but when it came to my craft room in the basement, I decided to get all the furniture in place first and then start unpacking the 100+ cartons in the craft room. After the 71st carton was unpacked, there was no place to even walk in the room. That’s when I decided to take a break. The lockdown took effect around the same time and I got distracted …. kinda distracted for a long long time.
Until around 2 weeks back. While I was getting the laundry done in the basement, one quick desperate gaze at my helpless dusty paintbrushes, bins of chalk paint and heaps of paper cutting tools and supplies, really left me feeling like a complete failure.
It almost propelled me back to the dining room. However, an hour later, I was determined. I was going to stop looking around with dread and finally hold the proverbial bull by its horns and tackle it. We have a long way to go, but we’ll get there, so long as
we I carry on – small bites but with consistency.
I am happy to report that there is progress albeit slow – but I am not giving up.
These pictures were taken two weekends back.
I did not want to just dump stacks of rubber stamps or die cuts or pails of paints without some form of organization. Hence the process has been slow. I keep feeling defeated but somehow pull myself together and dive down.
Here is a glimpse of the craft studio four days back.
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