Saturday, October 16, 2010


Yesterday my friend Diane of Craftypod posted a video blog entry titled
A Problem With Putting Things Away.  I too, suffer from this malaise.  

I'd like to tell you that the problem is that I don't have enough storage space. And, while that *is* true, it's only a teeny tiny part of the problem with my clutter issue.  The biggest problem is that I like to have 9 million projects in the works at a time I like to have the all out and ready for action.

So this morning, in an act of solidarity with my fellow clutter-crafters, I took photos of my crafty areas exactly how they look.

There are several bags of fabric and supplies on (and around) this table that I just don't have storage space for (there are shelves on the way that should help).  But I just walked over there and counted NINE unfinished projects in that chaos.

This is my side of the couch.  Inventory: knitting book, project notebook, office chair cover knitting, crazy phone cozy, and girl gloves.

My desk often becomes covered in projects.  Especially when I'm knitting something and I need to watch a video about casing on or something.  Thank goodness I have a keyboard try that accommodates my mouse, or I'd never be able to use my computer.  My desk actually doesn't look that bad this morning.  

Even though there isn't a lot of crafty stuff there, that pile hides a macrame book, a macrame pamphlet, an abandoned macrame project, gloves for measuring for the girl glove project, project notes, fabric flower brooch I  made months ago, a stack of photos I need to put up, and the packaging for some knitting needles I bought last week.

Oh, and just off to the left, on top of my computer tower, is a stack of motherboards, processors, network cards, and laptop keys that I insist that I'm going to macro-photograph.  Really.  I really really will.

I moved my plastic box storage away from the craft table.  It looks pretty organized ... but there's a sneaky pile starting on the left stack that could over-grow the whole thing if I'm not careful.  Can't you see the panic in 'Hog Along Cassidy's eyes?
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Sister Diane said ...
That's a gorgeous crafty mess, Alice! I like your knitting station in the couch corner best. Looks very cozy.
10/16/2010 12:18 PM

Would love to hang out on your couch! The yarn balls are beyond inspiring & inviting.
10/16/2010 1:07 PM

Helen said ...
I understand completely!! My husband keeps me in check with my stash (I'm allowed one box at the end of the bed), however, I do all my knitting (or 90% of it) at my computer. I have the keyboard tray like you do and that is a lifesaver when it comes to space on my desk. Under my desk, is another box for finished projects. On top of that are two more boxes.. one for needles and one for "small things" which can be odd balls of yarn, dishcloths in progress, other small projects in progress, easter egg dye for when I can finally dye my own yarn, ribbons and sewing supplies. On my desk is usually only one project (maybe two) but it's also full of my tech gadgets, from my ipod touch, to my phone, my camera, e-reader, drawing tablet, bible, blank dvds, a jar of coinage for my son's pocket money, a small box for my NDS stuff, another for my usb sticks, mints, a wooden box for "homeless objects" and a box of tissues.. I don't think my desk is any bigger than yours either! How on earth does all this end up on here? It's worse than my handbag.
I should do a blog post about it as well.. after I clean up a little.. maybe ;)
10/16/2010 1:35 PM

10/16/2010 2:44 PM

Meadowlark said ...
I can't join in on this because just this morning I had a bit crying jag about the mess around this place and conned the Husband into helping me get things decluttered. I used the "broken arm" excuse and it's working fairly well. He's getting a bit tired of it though and is looking forward to the splint removal. :)

BEFORE though - it looked just like this. :)
10/16/2010 4:59 PM

Barbara said ...
Ahhh...looks like crafty heaven to me! I also like to have 9 million projects going at once.
10/16/2010 5:39 PM

linda permann said ...
i'll trade your mess for mine!
10/16/2010 7:21 PM

futuregirl replied ...
linda permann ... DEAL! ... if your amazing stash comes with it! ;)
10/16/2010 7:31 PM

Kuky said ...
Oh my gawd, wait until you come over and see my crafty space/crafty mess. I can't remember the last time I saw the top of my sewing table.
10/16/2010 8:13 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kuky ... I can't wait, too! :) You've never posted pix of it, so I can only imagine.
10/16/2010 8:25 PM

Vicky said ...
I love seeing people's workspaces, especially knowing that they're just as bad of a clutterbug as I am! I even bought myself a drafting table over the summer to use for art, and it's pretty much become another surface to store things on :x
10/16/2010 8:21 PM

Brenda said ...
Oh, I LOVED reading this!!! I am soooo very happy to know that I am not the only one!! My family and I live in a small house to begin with so it seems to be magnified.
10/17/2010 10:02 AM

Michelle said ...
Oh..... thank you so much for posting the reality. My whole house is looking like that and I was starting to feel like I needed an intervention. I feel so much better now. Seriously.
10/17/2010 10:53 AM

iHanna said ...
Yarn makes such a pretty mess, like Diane says. Cozy and homey!
10/17/2010 12:10 PM

futuregirl replied ...
iHanna ... It's true! I'm an artist and my medium is tangled yarn. ;)
10/17/2010 4:49 PM

Anne said ...
Have never posted a comment before but felt compelled after seeing your photos - that's my life! When I'm crafting I have to stop periodically and clear away all the clutter to find tools that I've misplaced and scraps that I'm sure are here somewhere. I'm also hopelessly addicted to plastic storage boxes and ziploc bags in an effort to "fix" the problem. Love it, love it, love it!
10/17/2010 4:40 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Anne ... We are not alone! :)
10/17/2010 4:49 PM

daperfectmix said ...
i also love seeing other people's cluttery mess.. The only problem is that no one's mess is messier than mine.. maybe i should clean up a little!
10/18/2010 4:48 AM

LollyChops said ...
I love seeing other people's spaces in real life! I posted one of mine too yesterday on my FB... I was supposed to be cleaning and was on FB instead... which is part of my problem! hehehe.. HUGS!
10/18/2010 7:11 AM

Seanna Lea said ...
I cannot say my space is any better just more hidden. My cat will destroy yarn if she is allowed access, so all of my projects when I am done go into a closet with a latch at the top. It just keeps the mess behind a door, but it remains a mess all the same.
10/18/2010 12:21 PM

holly* said ...
i have a few minor piles going. and more than a handful of unfinished projects lurking in the corner. BUT NOW, i must put away my paper projects and get some knitting out and go settle into my side of the couch. those colors you're knitting with look super yummy. hehe!

Thanks for sharing your space!
10/18/2010 12:52 PM

HildeC said ...
This is so familiar. I try to buy new boxes, but I always end up with piles anyway :-)
10/19/2010 3:02 AM

futuregirl replied ...
HildeC ... I just discovered the clear plastic lidded, stackable SAMLA boxes at IKEA, so I think I'm going to need *more* stash just to fill them up! :)
11/9/2010 9:42 PM

Ive been a professional bookbinder all my adult life, but I still have a cluttered workshop, leathers & papers
still cover my workbench. Like you, being a binder does mean you need to have several projects on the go at once. I heard somewhere that women are better than men at multi tasking?


10/19/2010 4:24 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Richard Norman ... Well, that was the scuttlebutt, but they recently did a study that disproved that women are better multitaskers. Basically, we all suck at multitasking. But! I see myself as a serial-mono-tasker, not a multi-tasker. :) When I'm working on a project, all the others fall out of my mind and I focus only on that one.
10/30/2010 12:39 PM

Jenni said ...
I saw that podcast too and my first thought was, "Wow! She's got so much space!" Which is exactly what I was thinking looking at your photos. Since we don't have an extra room for crafty-ness I am confined to the couch and have to put my mess away every night. Otherwise I could easily take up a whole room with all my WIPs!
10/19/2010 6:05 AM

pam said ...
There is nothing at all amiss here! Just a big happy example of organized chaos if you ask me!
10/25/2010 6:10 PM

Tiffany said ...
Hi there alice! This is my first comment on your blog and I know it won't be my last! I love your site. When I saw your pictures, I felt right at home! I thought 'PHEW I"M NOT ALONE!" =) The part that cracked me is when you point out how you have a few things on top of one of the containers and call it the 'sneaky pile'. Sneaky piles get me in trouble every other day it seems! Loved this entry. =)
11/2/2010 1:40 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Tiffany ... Thank you so much for leaving such a cute comment! I hope you do visit again! It's definitely the sneaky piles that will get you.
11/9/2010 9:34 PM
Jessica said ...
I read along time ago about using drawers turned on there sides (bottom against the wall) and hung up as shelf's, I've collected tons (yes I'm that crazy lady trying to "steal your trash") and then I stacked them, screwed them into each other and then into the wall studs. we are a military family so it makes a VERY flexible full wall shelving unit. It has helped control my yarn addiction.
11/24/2010 1:07 PM


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