On the positive front, when I was sewing, my promised new habits during the previous months (putting away scissors and thread, keeping current and upcoming project patterns tidy in their designated box, and snipping my threads as they happen) have ALL been successful - I'm really doing it! :). Not only that, but practicing these habits seems to have spilled over onto other areas, more consciously being tidy, not only in the sewing room, but other areas of my life. Nice. :)
After a bit of internal debate over what January's new habit should be, I decided I should go with the one that will have the most impact.
All. That. Fabric.
Some might say I have too much fabric. You would be wrong. I don't have enough space to store the fabric I have! That's the problem, and that's my story.
That said, I AM on something of a fabric-buying diet. Although, admittedly, if finances weren't a bit of an issue, I wouldn't be controlling the fabric acquisition as much. Yeah, so I'm a fabric addict. I admit it.
But still, there IS this little problem of how it seems to constantly expand and take over valuable, formerly usable space.
Which brings me back to the habit-shifting issue.
I hereby vow, that for the month of January, I will neatly fold up every piece of fabric that gets pulled out and fondled, for one reason or another. I will do this at the end of every sewing day, before I leave the room. If there is no bin or drawer to put the fabric in, I will at least stack it up. I do have a designated stacking area. Or two. Maybe three...or four. It needs to be whittled back to ONE! OK, maybe 2 - the fabric that isn't being considered at the moment, but has no home yet, and the fabric that is being interviewed for an upcoming project. And in the meantime, I will create other areas in the house (I do have ideas) to neatly store fabric in categories (bustles, sweaters-to-be-repurposed, etc.)
How about you? Have you made and succeeded at your monthly habit-shifting promises? I swear, there is something HIGHLY effective at taking one small action and consciously paying attention to what you're doing, shifting it into a new action for 21 days.
And it's a New Year - what better time to start, if you haven't already? A friend recently used the phrase "Happy New You" - I like it, so to all my blog-reading friends, here's to a
Happy New You!