I have a bit of a problem in my dining room. It’s called “Inability to clean up crafty messes when I’m done making them-itis.” Perhaps you can relate? My living room has been clean for months now, but I can’t enjoy it fully because my view from the couch is this messy dining room. It’s part of the reason why I spend much of my living room time sitting sideways in a chair with my back to the rest of the house.
Since the “ignore it and it will go away” strategy hasn’t been working for me, I decided it was time to take a new approach.
Bins! Aren’t they beautiful? So, big. So well-labeled. So full of stuffing potential. I just love the idea of organization. I lust after it. I just don’t do it very well. I try, and I do succeed. But only for as long as it takes before the first frenzy of pulling things out and not returning them to their proper places occurs.
I’m determined to get these supplies organized, this time! Not only is the mess disheartening and hard to look at, but it also stifles my creativity. Projects become so much more complicated when they involve cleaning up an old mess, or pulling things out of the way in order to find the supplies I need. Something I could whip up in ten minutes under ideal conditions becomes an hour-long project. I end up just saying “forget it” and doing something else. Do you know how many cool metal clay projects I’d have right now, if I didn’t have to empty half a cabinet to get to the pile of PMC supplies and tools that are stuffed in the back? Lots. Do you know how many cool metal clay projects I actually have done since 2005? Zero.
This morning I managed to clean up the whole table. It’s not that hard when there are open-mouthed bins on the floor, looking up expectantly at you. There is still the entire back cabinet (both the top of it, and a few sections of the interior that have been taken over by clay and such) that needs to be addressed, but I haven’t decided if it’s happening today. I probably lack the time to do it today, but tomorrow is a distinct possibility.
Another great thing about bins is that I can store the supplies elsewhere, out of the way, and still have it be simple enough to go get them when I need them. All I need to do is clean out the basement so there’s someplace to put them. Piece of cake 😀