Reclaiming My Space Without Guilt

For several years now I haven’t been sewing or creating much. While I was focusing on other things I kept piling stuff up in my sewing room and painting area for when I would get around to it. My sewing room is behind the ghost in the picture, what you are seeing here is the hallway to that and the laundry room where I paint. Using Cozy Minimalist techniques, I am going to make these spaces more functional and welcoming to me.  

I collect lots of possibilities. I like learning. But I need to be realistic about what I will actually do. It’s ok to learn a little about something and then without guilt to decide you’re not going to pursue it further.  And that point is when you get rid of the stuff.  Without guilt.  Keep your eye out here because I will be selling supplies, patterns, and books related to dollmaking and other kinds of art. 

So the goal is to make this a sanctuary again.  I will post again about this after I have made significant progress.


Martha said...

I understand eliminating supplies for projects you are not wanting to pursue in the future. No matter how big a house you have, it takes up alot of space for all the supplies needed. Better to focus on your real interest and let some other things go. At one time I wanted to try to make bisque dolls, but know now that I never will. I have also learned to be much more particular when buying fabrics and threads too. Alot of this comes from time and learning what your true interests are. What you are willing to spend money ( some times alot of money ), also the cost on your eyes, hands and fingers. On the other side of the coin, we are always changing, what we discard today, might be just the things we need for tomorrow, even on a project we never attempted to do in the past. That has happened to me more than once. Hard to decide what to do sometimes.

Dixie Redmond said...

Thanks for your thoughts. I agree. A lot of the fabrics is bought in the past are nice for quilting but don’t drape well for doll purposes. I have occasionally wanted something as got rid of, but usually I am happy to have a more settled working space.

Megan Schetsche said...

Dear Dixie
You wrote: "It’s ok to learn a little about something and then without guilt to decide you’re not going to pursue it further. And that point is when you get rid of the stuff. Without guilt."
I LOVE this attitude. So often I come across people who won't start a hobby, because, where am I going to put the stuff? In the past I've acquired something, and someone would ask, but are you going to get good use out of that? The fact is, it doesn't matter. It's all a learning curve. If you don't try something, you won't know whether it grips you or not. Some things also just don't have that much potential for growth, and after a while it's time to move on to something more challenging. I hope that you will enjoy your clear-out, and possibly discover some treasures in your stash that inspire you anew!

Lana Manis said...

Ok, Dixie... here's another post the was meant for me! Do you remember when I posted about The Toppling Tower of Too Much? Well, I fell off the wagon and need to get back on! So, this year I am going to re-think things, re-claim my workroom, and begin to enjoy working with my hands again and actually get lots of things accomplished! Your blog is always an encouragement to me.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden