Last updated on May 16th, 2009 at 11:56 am
No matter how much room we have for our crap belongings, we run out of space. The joke/warning we got when we moved into this house 6 years ago, and quadrupled the kitchen size, was that “It will be full in 6 months”. It only took 5 months to do it, and not one empty drawer since.
Skip to making room for a new passion. I’ve loved crafts and creating my whole life – actually turning quilting into a business for a very short while – and I’ve learned a valuable lesson along the way. Whatever you do, you better clear some space soon or start turning on lights when walking through the house at night to avoid the piles.
That’s where I was last week. Looking at my makeshift workspace and dropping a box of beads one last time as I juggled all the stuff stacked up that I was trying to work around. I used to have this great fold-down cutting table with storage. Which move did I finally donate that to Goodwill? Hard to remember, but also hard to find (cheaply) is a craft workstation on wheels. I ran around this weekend thinking it would be an easy find, and spent far too many hours online looking for a solution.
Since this working space is smack dab in the middle of our living area, and in full view of guests/clients, I thought something that would pass as adult furniture would be nice. HA! Did you know there is this totally cool crafting armoir? I’m sure it was built by a very helpful husband, but it’s out my price range for now.
Then I had one of those flash-back moments on Sunday night, back to a comment my super helpful and errand-running husband said Saturday afternoon. “What about that Secretary we have sitting in the garage?” It’s an heirloom piece from a dear friend of my parents we had recently removed from the dining room. It’s like a mini rolltop desk with tons of storage and a matching chair. Not too big, and it will replace the mess in the living room. Real furniture with no cash out of hand.
Needless to say I have a weekend project moving into it but I may have found just the right space for creativity. Without needing to stub my toe in the dark one more time.
Elbow some room out for yourself this week – Heather
(Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her)
Heather Montgomery is a fitness writer, triathlete, and blogger who is devoted to sharing what she has learned about becoming a triathlete after age 40. She uses her Metabolic Training Certification to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. She lives and trains in Santa Rosa, California, the new home of the Ironman triathlon. You can find her biking the Sonoma County wine trails.
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