If there’s one thing we here at FeelGood Fibers and FeelGood Spaces know, it’s that as quilters, we all have different levels of clutter-comfort when it comes to our sewing spaces. Some of us prefer a minimalist approach, with only the essentials on hand. Others enjoy a more maximalist approach, surrounded by all of our favorite fabrics, tools, and notions. And while there is no right or wrong way to approach your sewing space, it’s important to be aware of where we fall on the clutter wheel and how it can impact our creativity and happiness.
Zero or Low Clutter Tolerance
At one end of the wheel, we have quilters who prefer a very minimalist approach. These quilters tend to have a very organized sewing space with only the essentials on hand. They may prefer to have a small selection of high-quality fabrics and tools, and they may be very intentional about what they bring into their space. For these quilters, a cluttered space can be distracting and overwhelming, and they may struggle to find inspiration in a space that feels chaotic.
High Clutter Tolerance
At the other end of the wheel, we have quilters who enjoy a more maximalist approach. These quilters tend to have a huge stash, all the tools and rulers, lots of notions on hand, and their sewing spaces may feel more eclectic and whimsical. They may enjoy the visual stimulation of being surrounded by lots of colors and patterns, and they may find inspiration in the creative chaos of a cluttered space.
Average Clutter Tolerance
Of course, most of us fall somewhere in between these two extremes. And while it’s important to recognize where we fall on the clutter wheel, it’s also important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to approach quilting. What’s most important is that we feel inspired and happy in our sewing spaces.
How to Tell Where We Fall
So how can we tell where we are on the clutter wheel? One way is to pay attention to how we feel when we’re in our sewing spaces. Do we feel overwhelmed and distracted by clutter, or do we feel energized and inspired by the creative chaos? It’s also helpful to take a look at our fabric stash and tools – do we have more than we need, or do we feel like we’re missing key pieces that would make our quilting easier and more enjoyable?
Ultimately, finding the right level of clutter and organization in our sewing spaces is a personal journey. Some of us may find that we need to declutter and simplify in order to feel our most creative and inspired, while others may need to embrace a more maximalist approach to find joy in our craft. Whatever approach we choose, it’s important to remember that quilting is about finding joy and fulfillment in the creative process – and that looks different for everyone.
If you are feeling stuck and would like some help in getting out from under the clutter, check out our services. We love helping quilters to be their best creative selves!