Most of the time I’ll let the housework slide in favor of a crafty good time. Dining room table? We haven’t eaten at it for over a month because it’s covered in my sewing projects. I like a clean home, but not at the expense of creativity.
But as I was looking at my calendar for the next few months, I realized something had to give. We’ve got two family vacations, Fall Fest at my daughter’s school (which I’m coordinating), Halloween, my daughter’s birthday – she wants a slumber part this year, eek! – and our annual Christmas cookie decorating party. The cookie decorating party is kind of a big event. Last year we had 30 kids at our house for the cookie decorating party, and I made 40 dozen rolled cookies in preparation for that.
It happens like this every year. It seems that just about every week there will be some sort of major activity. I refer to it sometimes as my death march through the holidays. I turn myself into a big ol’ stress ball trying to do it all. I’m realizing this year that I can simplify my life by putting the crafty and sewy stuff on the backburner for a few months. I’m sure I’ll squeeze in one or two small crafty things, but I’m not even thinking about taking on any kind of mess making project.
For a creative sort like myself, this is big stuff.
On the other hand, as soon as I made this decision, I felt a huge weight lifting off of me. I’m feeling really positive about packing it in for a few months. I’ll spend the time cleaning and organizing my studio, readying it for a big craft binge come January.