We’re moving!  We’re also moving to a slightly smaller apartment.

That means I need to downsize my workroom.

The thought of moving to a new city, with new opportunities is exciting, but the idea of relocating my beloved workroom is not.

I love the setup and the way it envelops me with comfort, inspiration, and a sense of timelessness every time I walk in, but I need to lessen the load I have to move.

And it’s not been as difficult as I first thought.

Even though I try to keep on top of order and neatness, there have been areas of build-up – and it’s amazing how easily that happens over time.

But, ruthless I must be.

So my measure is, if I haven’t used it in a couple of years, it goes.

But goes where?

There are some avenues, where items such as fabrics and books may be recycled and repurposed, but it’s not been easy.

My embroidery books remain.  Anything to do with design, history, and fashion remains – but a lot of technique-type books will have to go.

The sewing cabinet was problematic.  It’s like a large stationary spider at the rear of the room taking up so much space – it would not fit in its new accommodation without severe restrictions.

And the solution was easy.  I never close it so why keep the two wings on either side that are simply magnets for accumulating things?

It’s the support at the rear of my machine that’s most important to me – and that I will definitely keep.

The vision I have for my new workspace is slowly, slowly coming together.

And something I was at first unwilling to tackle, is now becoming much easier.  I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

The secret, I’ve found, was to take on this daunting undertaking a little at a time, and day by day I began to feel more comfortable with my decision-making.

So, if you’re ever in this enviable/unenviable position, proceed with a mental picture and plenty of measurements of your new plan.

I think we all need our own space to think, imagine and create.

It might be tight, but I’m going to make it work for me.


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