Time to O-R-G-A-N-I-Z-E! And I truly do mean organize. I don’t have any excuse in doing the task at hand, and this puts pressure on me in getting it done, because it is a custom in Japan to ring in the NEW YEAR with a CLEAN HOUSE!
Decluttering one’s home (or work studio) can be a huge undertaking, especially if you’re like me; you tend to accumulate many things faster than getting rid of them. I blame having the studio for my collecting habit…ribbons, papers, fillers, containers, fabrics, beads, etc. One of the reasons why I collect so many things is that I justify my purchase with “I can use that for work,” and that if in the spur of the moment creativity comes, I know that I will have it. Crafters out there understand where I’m coming from, right?
My home, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Many people ask me if I have a lot of clay flower decorations inside my house, and surprisingly, my answer is I have NONE. I try not to have too many little things in my house, and I want to keep it separate from my “home away from home” work studio. I spend so much time there, that I want my home to have a totally different atmosphere and vibe. When people come over, they see my own personal space and my home décor reflects that.
After the New Year, I will be spending a couple of days in Kaua’i to recharge. I’m really looking forward to this R & R!
P.S. Wanted to share this last custom order for 2008.