Yesterday, I was supposed to make some extreme stitching progress.
In the morning, I psyched myself up for a grueling, record-breaking day of embroidery.
I wanted to accomplish two things: preparation of website content (I had a few tutorials in mind), and arriving at the next stage of the Mission Rose project, which has stalled somewhat due to website work.
But this is what greeted me when I went out to my workroom:
After several months of working on the Floral Sampler Alphabet and the Mission Rose project, as well as a million other little things for Needle ‘n Thread and several other projects needlework-non-related, my workroom had morphed into The Very Large Mess.
Sometimes, I wonder if I use “Tidying Up” and “Organization” as an excuse – as a delay tactic? Deep down, I probably do.
But I know that if I tidy every day – if I take 15 minutes at the end of a work day and tackle the clutter-prone areas – then things will not get out of hand, and it won’t take a whole afternoon to re-organize and tidy up.
Yep! I know this! But… I don’t always practice it.
And after a couple months with little regard for those Nefarious Clutter-Prone Spots, when I sat down to stitch yesterday, I was visited by the Disorganized Workroom Blues.
I tried to ignore them.
First, I attempted stitching two Stitch Fun Tutorials and photographing them. 136 photos later, and two C-R-A-P-P-Y examples of embroidery later, I switched to the Mission Rose.
When even your basic embroidery stitches are not turning out, don’t switch to goldwork.
Finally, at lunch time, I realized there was nothing for it…
…and yesterday afternoon, at 1:30, I snapped a photo of my cluttered workroom, and I started.
I took the photo, because I wanted to share this experience with you. After all, if you’re not sympathetic to this particular plight, who in the wide world would be?
At the end of the day….
…several hours later….
…and many beads of sweat later…
…this is what my workroom looked like:
You were expecting a pristinely-organized, cleaned up space!!
So was I!!
It doesn’t look all that much different, does it? Well, I hauled some shelves out, cleared out boxes and bins, and hauled away a good amount of stuff to the local thrift shop. You can’t really see all that. I went through my tool and project bins that had gotten out of hand. All stray threads were put in their proper homes.
And at the end of it all, I felt the Blue Cloud of Disorganized Muddle-Headedness lifting slightly.
And the Bright Rays of Organizational Content were breaking through!
Today, I will finish that job. And then, I will stitch again in Peace and Happiness with a clear mind and a clean conscience.
Now, for some people, I realize that their “creativity flows better” if they are in a bit of a mess. For me, I can still manage creativity with a bit of a mess, but not with so much of a mess that I can’t find things I need, or that I have too many stacks without enough workspace.
But what about you? Are you a neat-nick in your workspace, or do you tend to clutter up quite a bit? Does clutter prevent you from moving forward with your projects? Do you religiously keep your space tidy, or do you let things slide and then play catch up? Do you have any tips for keeping your workspace tidy? Would love to hear your take on the subject! Have your say below!