I’ll admit it. I’m finding that decluttering, saving money, simplifying, and trying to make things by hand do not all play nicely together
Doing it yourself can end up being much more expensive than buying a finished product. Is saving money more important than shopping for local produce? Is it better to thin out the wardrobe to live simply or keep the old clothes to save money? That last question assumes that the clothes you let go of will ever see the light of day but who knows. The gingham taffeta bridesmaid’s dress with the football player shoulder pads might one day be a big fashion hit, besides, it was stinking expensive. Those Hammer pants in leopard print could be adorable throw pillows. Maybe. OK lets skip that one, but it shows the problem. To declutter you get rid of the pants. If you are saving money you find a way to repurpose them. To make something of them you will need to buy interfacing, thread, trim, a pillow form and any other embellishments. You have made use of them and done it yourself but it cost you money to do it. It also does nothing to simplify your space as you have just added another object. Did you need another pillow? Does it go with anything you have?
This whole process will hit rough waters without a clear destination.
I want to save money. I want to eat healthy foods. I need to simplify my possessions. During this journey I ran into a few cross currents. How can I let go of my crafting books as they hold the information as to how to make many items I might one day want. I am a huge information junkie. I used to say that I was an info. junkie but if you say it out loud you realize that that does not sound nice! I become an avid hunter and gatherer when it comes to back issues of Rug Hooking Magazine, Polymer clay books, crocheting patterns, and material on mosaics, beading, wire jewelry and basketry. I have done all of these crafts and tend to flit back and forth. All of these crafts require tools and materials. Did I mention mult-media sculpture? I am proud of being able to create and sometimes even sell. Art is a form of communication and these things are often our words and our language. My desire to repurpose, to be able to make whatever I want has me huddled protectively over these possessions and it requires a plan so that these artistic impulses do not lead me in the opposite direction of my goals. Tomorrow I will share an unexpected sandbar related to crafting.
In terms of my established goals I brought another two bags to the thrift store, left a full bag for the food back drive, picked a few end of season blackberries and had a great lunch of perogies, farmers sausage, onions and peppers. Today was the day I let myself replenish some fruit for the week, and then bought myself dinner. I didn’t need to. I gave into an “I want that ” moment. My trigger? Doing errands by myself when I knew my son wasn’t coming home tonight. My need to reward myself with food is still strong and I’ve got a long way to go. I also gave into the nursery (plants not babies) that is closing out and bought a number of pretty plants for the front of the house. I didn’t need but wanted pops of colour for the front. I want to feel like I’m winning my own war of independence by not letting my divorce make me sad and invisible. See my bright and beautiful gerberas and know that I am still a woman to be reckoned with! 🙂
In trying to get your life together you need clear goals to help you navigate these uncharted waters because here there be dragons,
With dirt under her nails and Chinese food in her belly, sincerely, Deb