So did you make any progress yesterday? If you’re a morning person, I apologize. I screwed up the scheduling time of the post, and it was nearly noon when it came out. So I’m a little earlier today! And never fear, you have until January 7th to complete all the tasks. Lord knows it’s for sure gonna take me that long to get them done, if I can even manage it by then!
So here we go with today’s task:
I realize this may feel somewhat similar to yesterday’s task, but seriously, it’s what I’m up against here in my own studio after a year of pitching and flinging and not picking up after myself. Maybe you don’t have this problem, or at least not on such a grand scale as me.
My first step, years ago, was just to simply admit it — I’m a pile maker! I don’t know why putting things in random piles in odd places seems better than putting them away properly, but my brain seems to think that makes sense somehow.
I drool over all the Instagram and Pinterest photos of nice neat beautiful organized (and color-coordinated!) sewing rooms posted there, and I wonder how they do it. And my first realization is: they probably don’t have as much stuff as me to begin with — simple as that!
So here is the pile I’ve decided to tackle for this Task:
It’s not the only pile I need to deal with, but it is probably the largest and most annoying. It’s in the FLOOR of my sewing room. I have to walk around it every day — HOW does this make any sense?
I have started a give-away box (so if you’re in one of my guilds and want some of my cast-offs, you’ll be in luck at the next meetings), and I have the trash can and recycle bin nearby, and after working on cleaning off my cutting table for a bit, I’ve cleared some areas to store more projects (because I obviously can’t finish them all in a day, so they’re gonna have to hide somewhere for a bit until their turn comes up).
I’ve also attempted to adopt a ruthless attitude about whether I will actually use, finish, or want to keep any item in the pile. That “ruthless” bit has been difficult for me in the past, and still is. Is that a problem for you as well?
When you decide on a pile for this task, keep the following in mind:
Now is the time to stop walking past the pile without doing anything about it. My pile was not nearly this large even 2 months ago, but as I’ve been working on more remodeling projects downstairs and have unpacked more boxes, I’ve unearthed things I’d nearly forgotten I even had. And as I did that, I got rid of a lot of it right then. I called that “ruthless” attitude into play and asked myself, “If I haven’t even seen it since we moved in 6 years ago, do I really need it?” I’ve made two trips to the donation drop-off, one to recycling, and I’m sure our trash man wonders what the heck we’ve been doing around here for the last month!
But, there were also things I’d been looking for and finally found, which made me happy! But I brought them upstairs and just dumped them in this pile — hence, an even bigger pile. It made perfect sense in the moment!
And now it’s time to deal with it.
I have the same rule for this as I did for my cutting table: I can’t take something out of the pile and simply add it to another pile. I have to actually deal with it, so that’s it’s put away properly. So now you know where you can find me for the next few days!
What about you? Are you a pile maker? Do you have random piles of stuff that need to be dealt with? Do you have organized piles of stuff you need to do something about? Or are you not a pile maker at all? If such is the case, I truly admire you. I aspire to be like that!
If you’re like me, it’s time to choose one and make it disappear. Let us all know about it in the comments! (Mainly because I need to know I’m not alone on this one, either!) Hop to — time’s a wastin’! See you tomorrow with our third and final Final Countdown Task!