Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm a horrible housekeeper and a craft dabbler

Someone invites themselves over or asks about 'swinging by' and that sudden panic of my messy house happens.

How is my house NEVER clean? How did I become the hermit that doesn't have people over when I own a billion games and enough party recipe books to cater??

My friend and I were talking this out because they have known me a good long while. They even knew me during my short 15 month apartment stay.

When I lived in the apartment it was clean. Almost always. People stopped over. I invited people over. I had wii game nights. I cooked dinners. It was pretty awesome.

You would think when I moved into my house {cough 6ish years ago} that trend would have continued with more area for activities.

So why has this never happened?
I have thought it over and determined the top reason is I have become lazy. Ouch. I know it is a hard one to admit. While there are a few other valid reasons... most go back to this reason.
The house I bought was not 'hosting parties ready'. It needed some love and work and paint and living in the house while working on it is practical but hindsight being its normal 20/20 self says "hey lady don't start all these damn craft and sewing projects until you finish the house".

Damn hindsight. So that means I have some house projects done. Most started but not finished. And then on top of that I have a now giant accumulation of dabbled crafts.

Now what is a dabbled crafts. It means I was sure I would love working with mosaic tiles. So I have some beautiful glass tiles I bought online. They have been used in half of one projects that is still unfinished.
I also have wood blocks that I cut and sanded because I wanted to make building blocks for my godson before he was born. I'm pretty sure he is turning four this upcoming Feb and the blocks are still in a drawer in the craft room.

Unfortunately the list of dabbled crafts is too long to continue while keeping my sanity.

So I have decided it is purge time.  The problem is obviously all these dabbled crafts had money invested into them. But they are drowning my potential awesome home life.

So do I try to plan an epic garage sale for the spring and make back pennies and dimes to my dollars spent and put all that effort in? try to sell randomness that is really more garage sale worthy online through one of those Buy Sell Trade facebook pages or do I just donate it all to my favorite resale shop?

This is the decision that I feel always cripples my progress. Craft dabbling is expensive and what if after I purge and then I have room to turn a dabble into a full grown craft I have gotten rid of critical supplies and I am buying them again.

Admission. I have duplicates of supplies because craft dabbling takes up so much space I cannot always find everything.

So buying something again because it is now for a full grown craft shouldn't be a problem right??


What do you do? Do you craft dabble? How do you decide what becomes a full grown craft?