Friday, 29 August 2014

My Creative Space

We're all guilty of it, aren't we? Letting our crafting workspace become an absolute tip? We promise ourselves that next time we'll tidy up a bit, but when the next time comes along, we just want to sew and quilt and be creative not tackle that mess we've produced as an additional worry.

Besides, if you're anything like me, you already spend most of your spare time doing housework, why add to the list?

I'll tell you why.

I know someone who makes cards. She's really good at it, she's got all the card stock and notions and die cuts and embellishments. She's got all the tools, the glue guns, the stamps and the inks. She's got all the glitter and sequins and feathers and buttons. Everything. The cards she can make are beautiful.

But! She never clears up her mess from making the previous card and so each time she wants to make a new card, she just pushes everything back and works in a tiny space. The mess has become so huge, so uncontrollable, it's easier for her to just leave it, work in a tiny space and hope for the best. Never mind that underneath that pile of junk, there may be something special or a tool she might really need. She feels restrained by that mess. Overwhelmed by it.

I offered to help her clear it, but I think she was too embarrassed. So, I've told her, when she's ready, I'm there for her...

So what has this to do with me? Well, I was heading the same way. I kept shoving things to the back of my machine, draping fabric over every available surface, leaving fabric scraps and thread cuttings all over the floor and two things happened.

A friend on Facebook told us all the sad story about having to have her puppy put down because he'd swallowed fabric scraps and it had somehow ruined his gut. And the second was hearing of another quilter who would allocate herself five minutes after every sewing session to tidy up after herself. Even if she didn't tidy the whole thing away, she gave herself five minutes to control her space.

I have dogs. And cats. They frequently make it into my sewing room, settle on their beds and snooze away as I work. I didn't want the same thing to happen to them and I didn't want to be like my card maker friend and have a tiny space in which to work. 

So I started tidying. Five minutes after every session and you know what? I caught up. I unearthed a few treasures. I found fabric I'd forgotten I had.

I had a usable workspace!

Now I tidy after every session. I make sure pattern templates are stored away properly, I make notions are put back in their pots, I have a mini Hoover to quickly pick up any missed threads I might have dropped and my workspace, my room has become a more enjoyable space to be in. I feel more creative because of it. I look forward to going in my room even more.

So what about you? How is your workspace? Do you tidy after every session? Or do you prefer the hoarder look?

Let me know. I'd love to hear your take on it!

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