Being a crafter is great, you create beautiful things, you have a fab hobby that builds up skills and you can make lovely homemade gifts for people. Friends are envious of your skills. But your other half, your family or your flatmates might be a teensy bit annoyed about all your craft stash taking up the house. And don’t get them started on finding a stray needle sticking out of the sofa. Or the amount of time you spend knitting in front of the telly. Or how noisy the sewing machine is… Well, we have some top tips on how to get away with being a crafter and not alienating loved ones. Strike the balance!
This is bound to be the biggest bone of contention in the household. Any crafter knows that when you spot a bargain or a new product or gadget for your hobby, you’ve GOT TO HAVE IT. That doesn’t always mean that there’s room in the house for it. So often your craft stash overspills from its designated cupboard, into bags across the house. Or piles on shelves, or secreted away in drawers. In short, it’s everywhere. So make a new compromise. Have one place that all the craft stuff goes. And if you get more, you can only do it if you have enough storage to safely stow it away.
For some great craft storage ideas, click here.
OK, so once the craft stash is sorted and is no longer a problem, the next complaint from your other half might be the amount of time you spend on your craft. Some crafts are easy to do in front of the TV in the evening, together with your spouse. But painting, word working, sewing might need a set up in a different room. And if you’re a really keen crafter or do it as a sideline business, which we know many of our customers do (#TheWorksCreations!) then it may be that you spend a lot of time away from your partner. Whilst this can be healthy – having hobbies and your own interests is good – if you’re spending lots of time apart, you might find yourself under fire! Strike a happy medium and encourage your other half to get their own hobbies, whether it’s gaming or DIY or poker night!
Here is a really basic rundown of how you might look at the time you spend on hobbies:
168 hours in a week minus 40 hours for work = 128 … minus 56 hours for sleep = 72 hours per week of “free time”
So you might look at that time and think about what you can do with that, what your priorities are:
- Being a partner/spouse (36hr): this is 5 hours a day of teamwork, talking, relaxing, helping, listening
- Being a parent (28.8hr): this is 4 hours a day of playing, teaching, talking, listening, disciplining, cleaning
- Having ‘me time’ (7.2hr): this is 1 hour a day of crafting, other hobbies, or (even better) doing absolutely nothing 😉
You can divide it up however you want, but this is a great place to start and look at the relationship, your priorities and setting aside ‘me time’ for the both of you!
It could be as simple as saying, “I’m going to pop into the garage and do some varnishing/sanding/painting, is that okay?” It’s just a matter of being polite and offering an opportunity for your other half to raise an objection – but they’ll do it in a nice way because you started things off politely!
If you know that you’re going to be doing about 2 hours of sewing in the other room, don’t be sneaky and say “I’m just going to be 15 mins”. Be upfront so that your other half again has the chance to remind you that you have to pick the kids up from a sleepover or maybe you have friends coming over and you’d forgotten.
But seriously, do take a look at this article about clever craft storage: