With every thing going on in our house recently, I have been on a definite simplifying/minimal-izing kick. P takes up so much of my time that like I mentioned yesterday, getting simple things like dishes and laundry done and cooking a meal feel like monumental tasks. And with P's sensory issues he does does better with less stuff and clutter input, so I have been trying to keep everything minimal, picked up, and in place. Most days it feels like that is all I do (pretty normal with any little children, right? You pick up and they follow you and pull out everything you have done behind you!). I think when you have something up with your child, or a close family member, it tends to make you re-evelaute what is important in your life. I am re-evaluating and finding I don't want to be picking up things all of the time, and am definitely at a place of "what you owns, owns you" if you can relate to that phrase. I am really focusing on what is important and what I want to be doing and spending my time on, and getting rid of the rest. Simplify is my new mantra.
Since I was already on this kick, when The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up got mentioned for like the 5th or 6th time in my life, I decided it was time to take it as a sign and sit down and read it. So I did. It was really thought provoking! I really, really like the concept of only keeping things that "spark joy" and am ready to go through my things and keep only those things that sing to me. Some of the other ideas, moving your shampoo in and out of the shower every day and emptying your bag/purse and putting all of the things in it away every night didn't seem realistic to my every day life though. And,I came up with some questions too, like it is hard for a lawnmower or bread knife to "spark joy," so what about those have-to-haves? Have you guys read it? What do you think?
The place I really fall down with the whole simplify/spark joy concept is how crafting fits in. Do you guys find this? I love to make, so I have many, many finished things, but they don't all get used or "spark joy". Or, I made things long enough ago they did "spark joy" at one point, but not anymore. And then there is the fact that I am slightly a hoarder in my keeping of craft supplies. I know you can relate to this! I can't seem to part with those yarn and fabric scraps! Or that pretty soap wrapper since I know I could do something with it. And my craft book/magazine collection is slightly (read COMPLETELY) out of control. I've got Interweave Knits magazines going back to like 1998 to "inspire" me, yet the clutter and chaos this creates in my office definitely doesn't help spark the creative process for me. Aw, what a catch-22. Being creative makes me hoard, but hoarding makes me less creative.
I guess the question is, is it even possible to be a minimalist crafter? I am sure this question has been posed before. Even if you just buy yarn/fabric for each project and don't stash, you are left with lots of left overs. And lets face it, crafting takes a lot of things (like this mini iron I just ordered for a quilt since my normal iron was scalding my fingers on my appliqués).
I am thinking this because I have decided before I start on another craft project I need to clean out my studio/office. And since I know it is going to be a rather large project (I mean, craft magazines from 1998 people, I'm only 31 which means I've had those over half of my life! And that's just the tip of the iceberg.) I am sitting here thinking about this and typing this and stalling on getting started cleaning and evaluating what "sparks joy" in my craft hoard. I mean stash, craft stash.
Well, I should probably stop thinking and start doing. I'll let you know how it goes!