The closer I come to finishing, the more old craft projects resurface. And this is where the real struggle is, even though I haven’t done anything with them in the past years.
One of the decluttering projects that hit me over the head was sewing. I started out knowing that I really don’t love sewing other than working with patchwork blocks and my antique sewing machine. Other than that there is no love lost.
Yet I struggled to let go of my sewing machine and the fabrics that won’t be turned into new pants anytime soon.
I thought long and hard on this and then I realized I needed to ask myself three questions.
Do I regret letting go of this because of the money I have spent?
Do I have a hard time letting go because I believe I still can do this?
Is it hard to let go of this stuff because I made commitments with myself when I bought this?
For me the issue wasn’t with answering question 1.
I don’t even remember how much money I spent, but it can’t be much, most of the fabrics were bought on the market.
Question 2 was a bit of a ponder.
I do have all sorts of physical issues, and I know that I can trigger spiked in chronic pain when I sit still for any length of time. In the end, the answer was no. I love my body enough to give myself permission to stop wanting to sew pretty pants.
Question 3 hit the nail on the head.
I realized that I needed to release myself from those commitments. The moment I did that, the fabric just became fabric and letting go was as easy as breathing.
What decluttering projects do you struggle with?
What doesn’t give you joy but still clutters your shelves?
Which of the three questions do you struggle with?