Hi, my name is Ashley and I have OCD aka obsessive compulsive disorder. NO, I am not a excessive handwasher, but I do tend to like things in order. Change is not something I am really good friends with. CHAOS drives me absolutely nuts!
Hi, there me again, and it’s time to confess that I also have ADD aka attention deficit disorder. (You know, you love talking about things at a rapid pace….squirrel!) I share so many things with you guys, and it’s time that I share a little crafter’s confession. My word is filled with chaos and order all at the same time! Sound a little bit confusing? Let me demonstrate for you! (Warning, the following photo is not for the weak of heart)
This is my craft room. For about the last month, I have avoided entering this room like the PLAGUE. It’s gotten so chaotic that you really can’t enter this room without signing a liability waiver. It’s not filthy, just CLUTTERED. (In my defense, my kids seem to think that opening the door and dumping my stuff in there equals “cleaning up”) Notice the stack of boxes of items yet to be reviewed? How about the chair that has now been turned into optional “storage”? Yup, this room just isn’t going to get better. Just wait until you see my actual craft table!
Notice the nice array of crafting supplies with photography supplies, and the empty bottles and cans? (Hey, those were totally going to be an awesome repurposed craft someday!) This room also has my husband’s art desk in there, but in all fairness most of the time he can’t even get to it, let alone use it. I think I have spotted him dwelling on whether or not to call Hoarders to put an end to this madness. (I never met a jar or bottle I couldn’t figure out SOME use for!)
So, what’s the confessional part? It’s time that I exposed myself (no, not like that get your mind outta the gutter) and told you that I am a complete and UTTER clutterbug! I don’t think there can be two worse conditions on the planet to have than OCD and ADD together. To show you a day in my life, let me share how my crafting “process” goes!
Crunchy OCD: We should really figure out some crafts to do!
Crunchy ADD: You are TOTALLY right! We could do jars, pots, paper crafts, don’t forget about making sure that you check the clearance aisle and buy anything that might maybe sort of kinda turn into a craft this year or next year plus then whatever you don’t use you can always ship to your family as gifts for the holidays.
Crunchy OCD: Don’t you think that we are getting ahead of ourselves. I mean that would be a disasterous mess, and you KNOW how much I hate clutter!
Crunchy ADD: Don’t worry about the clutter we will only do one project at a time, and then clean up after each project and it will totally be ok, because we always want to have something for your family and your readers of course because if they don’t have new projects to see then why would they even come and read and then they would really go somewhere else and that would make me sad……
Crunchy OCD: Ok, maybe we can do just a few projects, ONLY if you promise we clean up and finish when each one at a time.
Crunchy ADD: Of course, we could start one one and then while that one is drying we can start another one, it’s all about time management and then we can wait for that one to dry and then start another one with the kids then the kids can help clean up and move the stuff we hardly use the dining table anyway so who cares if we leave stuff there while it dries it has to have somewhere to dry right?
Crunchy OCD (realizing the battle is lost): Now I see where this is going, you are just going to make the house a mess and make me want to twitch! Then you won’t get ANY of the projects done! What you need is to really need is to embrace some frugal organizers!
Crunchy ADD: FRUGAL ORGANIZERS!!!!! Oooooohh, SPARKLY!
Crunchy OCD: OCD 1 ADD Zero Bwhahahahahah
What starts as a simple craft project ends up in mass chaos and house destruction! ADD and OCD are always having a battle royale, and it’s just a matter of time before they don’t need me in the middle playing referee! (Now THAT is a scary thought)
Now that you know my dirty secret, never fear when you find your house in mass chaos. It’s little things like this that makes us our own person. Admitting your quirks is half the battle. The other half is having a few tricks up your sleeves. My tricks include frugal organizers! While Crunchy ADD is spewing one of its run-on sentences, Crunchy OCD is slick and slips in the word frugal organizer! It’s just enough to district the frugal ADD to getting back on track and keeping the mess at bay (well most of the time!)
Now you know you want to check out my frugal organizers! (They are totally awesome! Move over Martha Stewart!)
Do you have a crafter’s confessional to share? What is your dirty little secret when it comes to your crafting area?