Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Streamlining - at last!
We were all supposed to streamline in the year 2000. weren't we?
Well we did in a way. When we moved to the West country we moved from a 3 bedroomed house with outbuildings to a one bedroom flat!
We got rid of a lot of furniture and boxes of valuable family ornaments had cloths draped over them and became coffee tables.
Thankfully that only lasted for a year.
Now I have a confession. I hardly downsized my craft stash at all. I had it all hidden away in large plastic boxes. I couldn't wait to find somewhere bigger so I could play with it all.
Over the last 7 years the stash has been added to and added to. I stopped making bears and paper took over. Of course that meant that the dyes were replaced by paints and along with all this I just had to have more rubber stamps didn't I!
So now the stash is out of hand and something has to be done.
I don't use half the rubber stamps I have now as many won't work on textiles. I should get rid of them but just haven't the heart. Back into boxes they will go and fill the under stairs cupboard.
So the first picture is the studio after becoming the Christmas dumping ground - totally unusable. The tidiest place is the scrapbooking corner, I think that is because we haven't done any scrapping for over 12 months.
I decided to start with the bookcase. It isn't the best place for it but it will have to live there for a while longer. Half way through the process I began to think it was all a bad idea but perseverance paid off.
The bookcase is now tidy, the books in categories and they are now all catalogued so I don't buy the same book twice.
I know the shelves droop, it is secondhand after all. A new bookcase will go on the needs list.
It is a good start I feel. And as you can see Mitzi Cat thinks so too.
Now on to the rest of it ---- oh my!!