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Preparing a Space to Create: Rounding Up the WIPs

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So phase one of my #spacetocreatechallenge was supposed to be messy but simple: group like items together. Very KonMarie, right? Well, I started pulling things out to join what was already filling up my room, and within almost no time the closet was still mostly full and there was virtually no room to walk on the floor. Yikes! (Let it be said that my 2 year old was assisting me…you can imagine what was happening and it would probably be pretty accurate).

As I began sorting, one thing became super obvious: I had a LOT of unfinished projects, or WIPs (Works in Progress) taking up a lot of my valuable real estate.

I’ve been assured that this is a common crafter’s problem: we love dreaming up projects and digging in to them, but sometimes (okay, apparently more often than I realize) we don’t follow through and finish up.

The problem with this is the drain on mental and physical space.

Physically, we cannot keep creating when our unfinished projects literally cover all surfaces.

And mentally, unless you have an unlimited crafting budget and are living in creative paradise with all the time imaginable on your hands, we have to be realistic about how much we put on our plates. Because WIPs haunt us and keep us from boldly starting in on projects we are currently passionate about.

If you are a maker, take heart: you are not alone if you have a closet full of WIPs. If you are learning to be a maker, take note: finish those projects!!

The current count is at 24 WIPs that I can find. I suspect that there may be some hiding in unexpected places as I continue my organization efforts. They span a variety of crafts and you’ll notice that some of them are practically finished. Why I didn’t just finish them off, I’ll never know! (Actually, I will – I really just don’t like finishing things, apparently).

My quilting WIPs. Notice how all stages of quilting are represented: I’ve got everything from just cut to partially constructed to needing to be quilted to putting the binding on.

My cross stitch and needlepoint WIPs. The angel and Santa are projects of the heart: my grandmother recently passed, and all that is left on them are the embellishments. She and my mom are the ones who taught and inspired me to do cross stitch and needlepoint projects.

Knitting WIPs! Clearly I have a thing for Scandinavian knitting. Also, I’m sad to note, the elephant only needs his ears put on and he would be done, but the baby I originally knit him for is now in preschool…

My sewing WIPs. I was surprised to see that I only had two! Perhaps this is because I’ve been more interested in sewing projects lately, so I have been more motivated to finish them.

The one and only crochet WIP. This is going to be a curtain for my craft room, which has a window that looks out on a very spidery window well (it is a basement window). I figured I’d take a page from the Scandinavians and go with a white filet crochet design to let light in but not have to look out at the depressing landscape (or in this case, lack of landscape!).

So before you begin sorting your supplies and organizing your space, I challenge you: round up all of your WIPs. How much space are they taking up? Are there any that make you cringe and wonder what you were thinking? Are there gems that you forgot about and cannot wait to finish? Take time this week to plan out how you can finish them so that your space is free to indulge in new and exciting projects. And please, let me know how many you find!! If anyone can trump my 24, I’ll be impressed!

 

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7 Comments

  1. I am not going to count because I am sure I have more than 24 but the I have been at this a bit longer than you 😉
    I was just contemplating purging all of my stamping and scrapbooking supplies because I really don’t use them and I would love to life that weight.
    Thanks for the motivation.

    1. admin

      Good point! Doing this for longer should earn you the rights to a few more WIPs 😉

  2. Jess

    I love this as a way to get started. Funny thing is I accidentally found 4 knitting WIPs which makes me think my count will be rather high! And while transferring things from a basket to a new bin, I found a Christmas quilt that only needs half the binding to be called finished, haha! Maybe a good place to start?

    1. admin

      Absolutely!

    2. admin

      Excellent! Haha it makes me feel encouraged to know I’m not the only crafter with this situation. But unless we face it we can’t fix it, right?

  3. Debbi

    19 knitting & crochet projects…. 2 spinning projects….. 3 quilts…. 3 cross stitch…. 2 embroidery…. 3 sewing…. so at least 32 that I can find so far :-O

    1. admin

      I love the breakdown! Now the test will be how many more surface while you set up your new room 😉

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