Sunday, November 9, 2014

Downsizing

When we moved from Wisconsin to Georgia, we moved from a 2 bedroom home to an apartment.  My craft room went from a huge room in the basement...

To a 5x5 foot closet...

Talk about major downsizing.  I have to say downsizing was the best thing for me to do.  I had to change my focus on my oodles of craft genres (beading, polymer clay, scrapbooking, paper crafts, sewing, misc. crafts...you name it I had it) and pare it down to only a couple.  I chose to stick with paper crafting and sewing.  I sold or gave away all the other paraphernalia I had and just kept some of the basics and can't live without items.

What an absolutely freeing experience.  I am no longer overwhelmed when I walk into my Craft Closet.  I used to feel like a little kid in a toy store and just could not decide which toy to play or which toy to bring home with me.  I was over stimulated.

Now it is much simpler and I have to use my creativity to create things that my fancy machines and tools used to create for me.  I am challenged with coming up with other ways to do things and this has inspired me to start adding a Simplify category to my blog.  Don't get me wrong...I love all the tools and machines and wonderful craft supplies out there. I just do not have the room now to have all the wonderful supplies.  Stay tuned for future posts on how to simplify.

Here are a couple of close-ups of my Craft Closet.  The bins, baskets and containers all came from a dollar store.
 

For inspiration, I have a photo of my son when we was born and one of his senior pictures.

The letters DREAM, I picked up at a garage sale.  A young girl had decorated these letters and was selling them in the garage sale. She was such a sweet girl and I loved that the colors matched what I already had for decor in my Craft Closet.  I had to have them.  Now when I look at these I think of that sweet little girl and how inspiring to see someone young be so creative.