Archive | December 2016

Why I don’t totally give up on my handcraft activities & my newest project!

Hi, it’s been a while since I posted consistently. As usual my mental health, family activities and family issues keep getting in the way, but health and family always comes first for me!

I completed a new junk journal for my etsy store, and yes I still do have a small store, even though it has less then 20 items listed! I don’t allow myself to completely give up on it, even though I only get one sale for every five or so months it’s up there!

It’s helps so much for uplifting and keeping my mental health in control to know that I am at least trying to give it a go. It helps to have at least one activity that I actually don’t give up on totally… Almost everything else I’ve ever tried in life I always give up on or have been asked to move on from other people. There is just something about knowing that I am still trying to find a way to make the etsy store work that helps keeps me grounded mentally. It helps to know that I have at least one thing in life that I have not yet run away from. Even though the store is not exactly very popular, even just those one or two sales every once in a while help to make me extremely happy and I feel as though I am at least achieving a little of something.

That in a life with mental health, is actually quite a big thing, to have something that helps to make a person feel useful even if only sometimes, those days when you do get a positive outcome even if it’s spaced out, help to make you feel good.

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Decluttering really does soothe the soul…

Suddenly we found out that we have no choice, we have to move to a new house within only approximately two months…

I had no choice but to get my self into gear and really get to decluttering my craft room. There is no way I will be having a whole room to keep them in once we move house and it was getting way too full of hoarded “stuff” I thought I would use for making craft items.

I started the only way I knew how, to slowly go through every pile of papers etc and see exactly what I had been keeping. I sorted them into two easy piles to try to stop myself keeping things I was unsure about. I had one pile for definitely necessary things to keep and only one pile for things to throw out.

It’s taken me almost two and a half weeks, as I was only working on it slowly about 1-3 hours at the most per day, a lot of those days I only got an hour to work on it so it took a while. Now I’m down to about 9 boxes for the whole room and I am still working it to reduce it even more. Two boxes are for the books/novels I read that are my absolute favourites, two boxes are of journals and mini albums that I have made, and I’m down to about  five boxes for actual craft supplies (including paper for journals I am making).

I have to say that already I feel a huge amount of accomplishment and a lifting of emotions etc. I feel a lot lighter and only have some small level of stress from trying to reduce the craft supplies even more without compromising my craft work too much.

What tips or ideas do you use when you have to declutter and reduce things you own?