I have been one of the fortunate people still working during Covid as I work in a hospital (I’m not front line staff) however it has meant that I have hardly spent any time at home since our move as I have only had weekends off. I haven’t really had time to unpack all my craft stuff as I am too tired after work or have been busy on weekends doing other stuff around the unit. Last weekend I was all set to start sewing and pulled out my spare sewing machine as I have sent my big machine for a service only to discover my spare machine got knocked around during the move and will need a service too. I was planning to have today off work ahead of long weekend in Sydney but to be honest with no sewing machines at one stage earlier this week I threw a tantrum and didn’t want to be at home if I couldn’t sew. I decided to still take the day off work and focused on unpacking and sorting.
The spare room still looks like a mess but I have now managed to unpack all boxes of crafting notions and tools. All remaining boxes have yarn or fabrics in them. My shelves look a complete mess as I have just shoved things anywhere they fitted but at least now I know how much stuff I have. Previously I had my craft supplies spread over 3 areas of the house and I have done a lot of culling of items so I didn’t really have a clue of how much stuff I still had. It looks like things won’t be such a tight fit as I was expecting which is good as I don’t have to cram things in. We are looking at getting some more additional storage for the room so I can remove items from the shelves which are computer related and keep them next to our computer which is also located in the room.
Last week I unpacked all my craft books which live on the bookshelves in the living area now. At the time I just shoved them all on the shelves. I posted a photo at the time on Instagram and someone commented it took her 8 years to getting around to sorting them out! This morning I sat down with a coffee and got sorting. I discovered I actually have 2 copies of the same book… I don’t remember buying either copy. Looking at the price tag I brought them from Lincraft possibly during their sales at different times. I’ll keep one copy and pass on the other.
I mentioned my tantrum this week. Discussing with a work colleague yesterday it seems as crafters we all get overwhelmed with our stuff if it isn’t organised. Earlier this week I wanted to just toss everything as I felt I had no room for it. Mr StitchNSew even told me not to make any decisions when I was in a mood like this. My colleague’s husband said to her don’t just toss all your stuff as you will only go back to the shops and need to buy it all again. Today I looked at my box list opened the ones I wanted which still items for the shelves. I felt like I have had a productive day off. I don’t feel so overwhelmed with my stuff now. It doesn’t matter that I don’t have any sewing machines I will still enjoy my weekend off. There are plenty of other crafting things I can do instead.