Crafting a Complicated Life

Today I wish to share Post downsize thoughts on my craft room.  It was frightening and took more than three days to get the job done.  I have no issues with the idea of crafting.  It can be very rewarding creating something out of nothing, then stepping back to admire your work.  There is something wrong with continuing to upsize your supplies while you aren’t currently depleting them simultaneously.

I had become a collector of scrapbook supplies rather than a scrapbooker.  In the five years of purchasing those items, I had started three books but finished none.  I helped my daughter complete two albums wishing I had the time or the want to finish my own.  Joshua Fields Millburn of theminimalists.com stated in a podcast once that our values change over time.  I agree, and while my value for putting pictures to paper and adding embellishments isn’t gone entirely, I only need to keep the supplies relevant to accomplishing my unfinished tasks.  Then if I wish to do more, than I should consider purchasing enough to wrap up one activity at a time.  Then ridding myself of any excess that is generated at task end.

I admittedly enjoyed the hunt more than the task.  I received a sense of accomplishment for tracking down the most adorable, relevant, or best-pictured compliment to secure to appropriate to the event, paper.  Which leads to my next topic.  I had enough paper for at least fifty scrapbooks.  I had three boxes (12 tubes each) of brads (similar to the brass file fasteners) of all different colors, shapes, and styles.  Ten different types of glue and tape, and four or five boxes of flowers.   Then there were the albums I had twenty of those.  Those are the items I care to mention, there were other crafts too with an excess of things to complete them.

My general feeling is we kept too much.  Not only craft-wise but in general.  We live in a travel trailer and will for three years due to work and excessive debt.  We plan to rid ourselves of our storage unit.  In the beginning, it was a necessary evil we secured when we placed the house on the market, but later it will most assuredly become a burden.  A collection of items weighing us down and leaving us unable to become card-carrying minimalists.  We plan to go in every so often as we have time and create a smaller pile of items that we found valuable once but no longer need.

For over a month now we have lived with the basic necessities and not much more.  Sure in the big house we had all the comforts of home, and then some.  In our tiny traveler, we feel free and unhampered.  In the times it necessary to return here it’s suffocating to me.  The shelves are lined with stuff we never touch, and at times I can feel their weight.  Hopefully, the packing and downsizing move quickly now.  I can’t wait until its all finished.

Travel light live long,

Mimi

 

 

 

 

Published by: Midlifemimi

My husband and I are working toward a life of simplicity. We have six children and twelve grand-kids. This August we will be expecting our first Great-grandchild. My husband works full time and as of now, I am a stay at home wife. Our big house is up for sale. We currently live in a travel trailer near my husband's work. We recently purchased land and are anxiously looking forward to moving, but there are a few hangups.

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