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Preparing a Space to Create: Just Do It

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Happy New Year, friends!

In my last minutes of 2017 I was watching a vlog by Sweet Georgia and knitting. Perhaps binge watching would be the proper term for it. Definitely binge watching. At any rate, in this video she talked about how she needed to get her space organized. Great! Me too! I mean, I’ve been working at it for months and you would hardly know by walking in to my crafting space, but the intention is there.

Then she said this:

“When January hits, there are all these themes about getting organized…but I kind of feel like January is when I want to already be done…I want to hit the ground running in January.”

Oh dear. Yes. Yes, I want to hit the ground running in January. Yes, I always have this intention to get my life in order around that time of year.

So then I came across this thought on Chasing Stories, “Begin as you mean to go,” and I was convicted. I needed to get my space organized stat so that I could start of the year creating, not cleaning. If this is to be my year of discovery, it needs to start out with some action and not pass me by in a cloud of daydreaming.

“Begin as you mean to go.”

Therefore, I went to work. I have purged without sentiment, sorted stashes, and relocated items to their proper places. I have unpacked boxes from my move two and a half years ago that were full of little odds and ends that you never want to deal with. I have dealt with it, and I don’t mean by stashing them in the backs of closets! My space isn’t perfect, but it is more useable than it has ever been. Everything is in a place (mostly), and I am ready to hit the ground running.

Here is my cutting workspace now that I’ve tidied up. I have placed four of my upcoming projects along the back as motivation.

These are fabrics I picked up in Ohio to make some project bags and DPN (double pointed needle) holders. Aren’t they sweet?!

Also, check out that snazzy new (not created by me) swift that my brother bought me for Christmas!

Seeing my space finally organized and useable makes me feel like jumping in to creating this year. While cleaning up wasn’t the most exciting task at hand, it is empowering and freeing to not be surrounded by the clutter!

What hopes and dreams do you have for the new year that you want to begin as you mean to go?

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6 Comments

  1. Before I was struck down by the crud, I was making great progress in purging my creative supplies. I find that I can’t really create when there is too much stuff. When I started quilting, we thought we needed to have lots of stash so we would have choices. Now I find more creative energy when I don’t have so many choices. It’s a process. Can’t wait to see that swift in action.

    1. admin

      You have a knack for saying exactly what I feel. I was taught to stash up so you have lots to create from, but I agree that it becomes more of a burden and drain. I hope you feel better soon!

  2. Debbi

    I love it!!!! ❤️ I’m so glad that Felicia resonated with you. Listening to her made me think of so much you’ve posted about.

    1. admin

      I’m so glad you recommended her – she seems like a kindred spirit 🙂 Unfortunately I ran out of episodes today, so now I have to wait until she posts again 😄

  3. Jess

    So inspiring! And that swift is perfect to assist in all your yarn winding endeavors 🙂
    I am desperate to get my space organized but until the remodel is done I’ve settled on a new bag dedicated to my current knitting – socks and a sweater. It’s right where I like to knit, near a cozy knitted blanket and a tea kettle. I al also intrigued by that matchbox quilt… so pretty!

    1. admin

      That sounds like a good compromise. Having to wait to get organized is so hard, but the remodel is a good reason!

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