Ahhh, spring… hay fever, allergies (which I guess is the same thing) and, of course, spring cleaning, with its multiple trips to the dumpsters. I have been desperately trying to get my life in order. Order does not like me. There is no way in Hell that I have accumulated this much crap over the years; yet, there It is. Most of the crap is supplies for future sewing/design projects, but I have realized something. All I seem to be doing is rearranging my place to accommodate the crap that I keep saving for projects and never using the crap for said projects. I have a back catalog of failed attempts to create things. For someone who tries to be creative on a usual basis, this lack of focus and constant reminder that my life is in disarray sucks. What’s the solution? Hell if I know. I am trying to downsize my stash of crap to a manageable pile. My place is quickly starting to look like a very special episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive; although, to date, I have not found any dead animals or rotted fruit at my place, well, there was a dead roach on the floor of my pantry, but it was a very tiny roach and looked as if it were partially mummified, so that probably doesn’t count, right? I did have some slight success organizing my before mentioned pantry. It’s all clean and stuff.

To diminish the supplies, I have tried to give up a few crafts with alarmingly little success. Felting and I haven’t spoken for a while; it may be time to part ways, but every time I say “see ya” I think of a new project that I want to do and felting settles down for the winter. I don’t knit anymore but that doesn’t stop me from owning the world’s largest collection of knitting needles and yarn; although to be fair, I did give my sister a giant tub of yarn to donate to my niece’s kindergarten class for projects. I stopped screen printing, but the used and unused screens I have stored away loom over me like Poe’s raven.

I have a friend that calls and starts off every conversation by asking me what I am doing. Inevitably, the answer is always either cleaning or sewing. I am nothing if not predictable, maybe too predictable. So what’s the point of this rant? No clue. It just seems to make me feel less like a pathetic, disorganized slob if I tell random people about my storage issues. I will clean it up… or else… well, there is no ultimatum. I’m just tired of moving stuff around and not working on projects that I want to finish.

The whole point of this blog was to chronicle my adventures in craft. It’s been OK, but I really need to step it up. More pictures, more work, more finished projects… coming soon!


One thought on “Sprung?

  1. Hey Gilbert,

    I totally hear You…But HEY, according to IKEA, as long as it’s organized is not hoarding! HA! joking…
    Sometimes we have to play crazy and just detach from things…I am very much attached to all the things I have and when I give it away, after a while I remember why I was keeping it for so long, something comes up and BANG! I gave it away.

    My technique now is: Maybe somebody poor is going to make a better use of it, or a friend, or…Who knows.

    We could organize something like a sewing supplies swap, gather a few friends,tell everyone to bring something yummy and have kind like a garage sale indoors, air conditioned and friendly. What do you think?

    Keep the faith – Like Bon Jovi would sing.


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