I started realizing early last year that when my home and work space became too cluttered, my to-do list always somehow seemed more overwhelming, like my mind couldn't cut through all the clutter to just simply think. This feeling was confirmed when I read this month in Whole Living magazine about a finding by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute: "... Having a disorganized work space makes it difficult for people to process information efficiently. Objects scattered around compete for your attention and disturb concentration." Precisely!
Last year I instated a 10-minute cleaning habit that really helped in moments when I just couldn't take it anymore. I'd set a timer and clean or tidy up something (anything!) without stopping. As long as I was moving, it didn't matter what task I was tackling. When something feels daunting, ten minutes seems manageable. And it's always amazing how much you can actually get done in those mere 600 seconds. This year, though, I'm going to try to take my initiative to a whole new level and continue to find new ways to keep the clutter under control! If you have any tips or suggestions, please share them!
a look around my freshly
organized sewing room...
A cabinet for storing trims & embellishments, as well as smaller projects in the works. I repainted this vintage cabinet that came from a family friend and added the knobs. Lola sits on a crocheted rug I found at the thrift store.
A collection of vintage and natural objects; a painting by me, a pillow by a friend, & my grandmother's ashes
The jewelry armoire my grandmother, Aileen, gave me when I was a little girl still houses all my accessories and sits in front of one of my paintings. Photos of family: Aileen when she was a little girl (middle) and my great-grandparents, Papa & Granny
Where the action happens! My sewing machine stays atop an old school desk with a yard sale find of a chair. Watercolor paper hangs in a vintage straw bag, and a stack of journals is stored on the desk.
Bobbins from the cotton mill my grandmother used to work in and a card of hand needles that belonged to Granny; vintage sewing tools from my Granny & a rooster to store straight pins sits atop her old sewing box.
The first dress I completed hangs on my closet door. Buttons, sewing books, and scissors are organized on top of a pie safe made by my daddy's grandfather with the use of only one arm after suffering from a stroke.
This shelf doubles as a display piece when I travel to craft shows. Clockwise from top left: flowers crocheted by my Granny; a tiny bird card given to me by a friend sits next to a bird call I've had since I was a child; books I use in my displays and for taking photos, with a vintage nic-nac and the harmonica I'll learn to play this year; my proud creation - Crown Town Handmade, Charlotte's group for crafty entrepreurs
A collection of vintage hats, almost all of which belonged to
Aileen & Granny; I love to accessorize with these!
A well-organized desk is the sign of an organized mind! This desk houses my yarn collection, embroidery thread, my patterns & embroidery hoops, felt, watercolors, and dyes, as well as all the fun things that are included with online orders.
Next to my desk hangs all the clothing that I am currently working on, with the originals of my animal artwork hanging above. I've turned the cabinet door of my desk into a chalkboard. Currently, I have a list of stitches that I think are all good additions for my men's collection.
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour!