It's a question that Liz and I get asked in our inbox a lot. And sometimes (ok, most of the time) I don't have a great answer for people. But over the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking about this question again (a kind readers asked for some help recently).....and I realized maybe we do have a few answers or tricks or secrets or just maybe something that may spark a helpful idea.
So, over the next little while, Liz and I are going to be sharing some tips or tricks that we do in each of our own ways to find a little bit more time for sewing. We each do some things the same, but other things we do very differently so maybe you can take what you need and leave the rest? That's the thought anyway....
Today I am sharing a basic one....but sometimes basic is the answer. (Or just too basic. Sorry if that is the case for you.) I thought I would share one thought today and a couple more in the weeks ahead.
How do I find the time to sew?
I schedule it. (I know, I am sorry, I told you it was basic.)
When I was learning about early child education in college I had professor after professor tell me that a great schedule made a great classroom. And when I got out into the teaching field, I realized it was true. If everyone had something to do that was meaningful and age-appropriate to work on, things went smoothly....and when I had messed up the classroom routine and wasn't prepared (more times than I care to admit) things went badly.
And over the years, I have found the same thing in my home. No, the schedule doesn't work out everyday...not even close. And no, I don't feel guilt when the schedule doesn't get done.....it's not worth the guilt trip. But I do find that things are easier when I keep some semblance to my schedule.
So, when do I schedule sewing? Well there are two times during the day that I can find to fit it in. The first is in the morning, after breakfast and after my morning chore routine (put in a load of laundry, unload dishwasher,etc.) and Isaac is happy. It's usually around 10 am or so. We go upstairs and I start helping him build a train track, or marble run, or set up some "CARS" cars for a race-track. I can usually sit and play with him for about 10 minutes or so and then get up and he will continue to play. It works for me and I can usually get about 45 to an hour of sewing in.
The second time (and I usually don't do both---either one or the other sewing time 3-4 days a week) is during naptime. And here's where I am a mean mom. All my kids have quiet time when they are home during the week (and yes, even in the summer.) I am just a firm believer in the fact that everyone needs a bit of time and space to themselves. So, I do have an hour or so of time to myself while the 2 year-old naps and if the other two are home, they are doing something quiet in their rooms (that does not involve electronics).
I guess my point in sharing my schedule is that because I want sewing to be a priority for me, I have to schedule it in.
Now it's your turn....and please do share. We all really do want to know what works for you.
How do you find time to sew?