This post is a bit of a novel, so please grab a cup of tea or coffee
First thing’s first. this is sort of a note to self post and may not apply to you. Just my personal discoveries with my #olw.
My one little word this year, “intentional’, has allowed me to discover so many opportunities and insights which I would never have paid much attention to. As a crafter, I have some craft supplies I’ve accumulated over the years. It gives me so much joy to be surrounded with pretty paper and tools. yes, I have a love affair with beautiful paper and pens.
I didn’t find anything wrong with it a few years back. But moving in to our tiny home, that’s where I started having problems with storage. When the husband evicted me from my then craft room which now is his study (filled with law books that seem to take a life of its own), my “collection” was all out in its glory for everyone to see. I’m a mess!
Part of being ‘intentional’ this year was to break free from that consumerism mindset of wanting it all. It’s a vicious cycle. Whether it’s craft supplies, pen, devices or what have you. Come to think of it, I wasn’t really a hoarder or didn’t want to think of myself as one until I read the book ‘the Magic of Tidying Up” and followed her advise to declutter by category, not by location. You will have to gather one category, say clothes, all of them on the floor so you’ll see how much clothes you have accumulated.
The hardest category for me are my craft supplies. Last December, I mustered all the strength I could gather and collected all my craft supplies. Propped all of them on the floor and that was it for me! There were just way too many scraps of paper, old projects, unfinished projects, tools I had never opened, pencils, etc. I placed them all in boxes and worked on it per box. It was easier and less stressful that way than one go. Slow woman takes forever!
It’s amazing what a simple action can make you realize. It’s not anymore in line with my goals to hoard supplies just because they’re new or everyone is raving about it. That’s how I ended up with boxes of craft supplies and half of it I wondered why I purchased or had them. I threw away bags of those that were not really my style or really outdated. Yes, tossed them. If I would have kept them for one minute for a future destash or share those really old paper pads, I would have found a reason to keep them. It’s a downward spiral from there. So, yes toss them as quickly as possible.
As of this writing, I have finished box no. 2. Still a lot of sorting. I haven’t even proceeded with arranging them in storage. I’m still a work in progress. I still buy supplies every so often but now I’m learning to buy when I run out of supplies of pretty paper and more importantly I look at the quality.
In Mari Kondo’s book, she mentions about keeping only things that spark joy to you. I guess that helped me— and really asking yourself what do you want to be. As a crafter and a homemaker, hoarding was not in my list anymore. But that doesn’t mean I will stop buying. That will be impossible as I need a creative outlet everyday. Beautiful paper and pens will always put a smile on my face. It’s more of asking myself if it’s in my design preference and if the quality is good.
At the end of the day, it’s really looking at the end in mind. I don’t want to be surrounded by too much stuff but a few best finds would sound good. Those that really spark joy.
I wrote those quotes with Zig Cocoiro Letter Pen in Brush Tip and Zig Kuretake Brush Writer. They’re my personal favorites. Feel free to print those quotes. They’re just simple brush calligraphy but those quotes speak so much of my truth. Run them in your MINC machine for that extra shine.
I realized that it’s not about how much stuff I have but more importantly, what I can create with it. My challenge is to ‘create more and consume less.’ I can do this.
What about you? Where has your one little word taken you?