Something I have been striving to achieve in my life in recent years is a little more organisation. I’ve certainly realised since Peanut came along that more order in the household has been needed. You know, things like actually writing shopping lists, (and having a meal plan helps to know what you need to buy), keeping a monthly calendar on the fridge to plan all the activities….things that as a single person, or a couple without children, we never really worried about!
I have always been one for making lists…in my working life I had lots of lists…project lists, daily task lists etc. I loved getting organised…and the sense of satisfaction when something was crossed off the list was awesome. But for a while there it felt quite overwhelming …I wrote the lists but things just didn’t get crossed off…that’s probably because I took on too many things, but that is a story for another time…and it’s something I know I won’t be repeating!
That sense of feeling overwhelmed started to come back again recently. I knew that claustrophobic feeling was because I had opted to start a lot of projects, take on some extra responsibilities and the number of tasks I could see I needed to accomplish started the self-doubt to creep in, and I knew if that happened I would stagnate.
One day I was looking through my IG feed and came across a pic from Cole and Taffy (you should check Michelle’s work out, she makes amazingly lovely embroidery) that showed how she keeps her projects organised. It was so simple and instantly I could see how it would easily work for me.
The idea was simply to use index cards on a keyring holder. I loved that the cards are a good size to write a decent amount on, they are portable, and easily personalised. I also thought it was a great excuse to buy washi tape!!
It’s scary how quickly the pile of projects (1 per card) grew! There are 21 WIPs/PHDs on that key ring. I plan to take a card off as the project is completed and store it in a separate box that can be referenced at a later date if needed.
The projects cover quilting, sewing, and crochet at the moment but I’m pretty sure that different ‘craftegories’ will be started as time goes on.
I had fun decorating the cards with the tape. Love washi!
On each card I have tried to cover each key step in the project. As each step is completed I can tick the box (hands up who else loves the physical act of ticking boxes or crossing things off a list?). I’ve also included a place to record a start and finish date, and where possible a reminder as to where I am keeping the project stored. I don’t have a separate craft room at home so projects get stored in bags or boxes and placed in discreet places around my sewing area (or in a cupboard).
Anyway, that’s my little way of trying to keep on top of all my projects. I won’t pretend to think this will help me reduce my number of WIPs to nothing…I’ve accepted I will always be someone who has multiple projects going at once. What I do hope to achieve is to minimise the times when I feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done by being able to focus on the small steps in each project and not just the fact that I haven’t done all the things!!
“Organising is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” A.A. Milne