Have You Heard?
This year, I’m not making any New Year’s Resolutions. I’m D-O-N-E with that activity – and moving on to a much more rewarding one! Wanna’ join me? Great! Let’s get started…
Instead of Making Resolutions, I’m Challenging Myself!
First on my agenda is to make some serious headway on all my PIPs. (That’s shorthand for “Projects in Progress”.) And the best way to do that is to “Kon-Mari” them. What the heck does that mean? Let me explain…
Here’s my quick “how-to” guide to help you get started.
1. Pull out all your PIPs. Yep…this may take a little while, but it’ll definitely be worth it. Trust me on this one. 😉
2. Take each project out of the bag, box, closet, etc. and hold it in your hands. Look at it carefully. Does it bring you joy? If it does, put it in one pile. If it doesn’t, put it in a second pile.
3. Now, all those projects that bring you joy (i.e., you still want to stitch them) – divide them into 3 smaller piles.
- A: I definitely want to finish this project soon and I know what I need to do to get it finished.
- B: I definitely want to finish this project, but I’m stuck and don’t know what to do next.
- C: I definitely want to finish this project, but it’s not at the top of my priority list.
4. Next, take the projects in Pile A and prioritize them. What does that mean? Well, looking at each of them, decide which order you want to stitch them in. Once you’ve decided, make a list and put it with the projects in that pile.
5. Then, take the projects in Pile B and, looking at each of them carefully, ask yourself the following questions:
- Why did I stop working on this project?
- What do I need to do to get back on track?
Jot the answer to each question on a sheet of paper and put that sheet with the corresponding project. (Do this for each project.)
If you’re truly stumped about what to do to get back on track, that’s perfectly okay. Don’t fret about it…just acknowledge it and move on to the next project, until you’ve worked your way through all of the projects in Pile B.
6. Finally, take the projects in Pile C and pack them away in a storage bin or drawer. They’ll be safe and sound – just waiting for you to come back to them later. 🙂
What about all those projects that no longer bring you joy?
It’s OK to admit that you have some canvases (or yarns) in your stash that you just don’t like anymore. (Everybody does!) There’s bound to be somebody somewhere who would absolutely L-O-V-E to have them, though.
In fact, here are some ideas to help you find ’em new homes…
- Teach a friend to stitch and “gift” her (or him!) the canvas and threads.
- Donate them to your local American Needlepoint Guild or Embroiderer’s Guild of America chapter. Many chapters sell donated canvases to help raise money to fund programs throughout the year.
- Donate them to a local senior citizen center/organization. My local senior citizen center gladly accepts supplies and ladies (and gentlemen!) complete the projects, then sell them in their gift shop. Proceeds are used to fund annual programming.
- Donate them to an after school program. (The beauty of this option is that it helps create the next generation of stitchers!)
- Sell them on Ebay or through one of the many “stash exchange” groups on Facebook. (And, of course, you can use the money you make to buy new canvases or yarns that bring you joy! Tee hee!)
And now, my friend, you’ve completed the first step toward a happier and more productive 2018. Be sure and visit me again here next week for the next Challenge and share your progress on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page or in the comments box below.
Until next time, happy stitching!