I really like to organize things. I was that kid that had the 100 piece marker set who spent more time pouring the markers on the ground and re-arranging them in the case than I did actually coloring with them. That’s still pretty close to an accurate description of me – I spend a lot of time organizing and arranging things because I enjoy doing so.
When my sew-jo is lagging, I’ll pull something off the shelf – like my sewing books – and arrange them in a different order – thematically, alphabetically, by color, by height. The end result isn’t really what matters, its the process. I calm and organize my mind by physically organizing the things around me. And quite often the process of re-organizing makes me look at old objects in a new light. I’ll realize I never read that book on 1940’s fashion or I’ll have a great new idea for using those gold glitter buttons or I’ll realize that I have very few shades of neutral threads so I should increase my neutrals stash.
My drive to organize isn’t always a good thing. I get anxious if my house is messy. I have to pick things up every night because I know I will have a bad day if I wake up to clutter. I can get grumpier at my husband than he deserves for his part of the clutter. Sometimes needing to be organized gets in my way of productivity, and that can be pretty frustrating because it goes from being me controlling my environment through organizing to my need to organize controlling me.
My most recent sewing organization process was to take all of my sewing patterns, put them in protective comic book sleeves and backings (shout out to Lauren for the idea!), categorize them and label them with sticky dots so I can see what kinds of patterns are in each envelope at a glance. It felt so good! And I unearthed several patterns that speak to me at the moment that I’ve bumped to the top of my queue so it was quite inspirational as well.
Do you consider yourself organized? Do you like to organize things? Do you find organizing your sewing paraphernalia to be inspiring or stifling?
Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.