the museum of unrealised projects

river and footpath in fog. copyright leonie wise
fog along the river, alresford
polaroid sx-70, polaroid 779 film

Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.
― Rumi


i was talking to a friend the other day about all the projects i have lying around the house that i have started and never finished.

i told her that whilst we in berlin, we’d come across the museum of unrealised projects and then jokingly told her that i had one of my own… in my house.

the flat we rent is on the market. that means sometime in the near future we will have to move again. this is both good and inconvenient. good because it’s another opportunity to clear out some clutter. and a chance to either finish all those unrealised projects, or just let them go. i am done with them taking up space in our home and energy in my consciousness.

so, the remainder of the year is dedicated to one final project: the finishing project

no new projects,
no new commitments,
no pressure to finish the things that aren’t done…
but if i don’t finish them, i have to get rid of them.

have you got stuff lying around unfinished, or is it just me?

if you do (or did) – are they things you will finish (did finish), or let go?


ongoing projects that i will continue with include weekends collected (now accepting future submissions) and the 52 photos project, where i share this week’s prompt



6 thoughts on “the museum of unrealised projects

  • I can find such projects in every corner of my house. There is variation in the nature of the projects and the size of them, but the common thread is that they are unfinished. [And actually, my house has become ‘unfinished’ to a certain extent, since there are a tons of maintenance jobs like painting, plumbing, etc.]
    I am reluctant to throw anything out because the fact is, I do eventually get to things (just finished one tonight that has been sitting for 3+ years). I may have to employ Melanie’s technique and put things into boxes.
    Will anticipate an update… :) xow

  • I have a hope box and a project box. The hope box contain yarns and some fabric that I hope to knit or sew into something in the future. When the box is full, I cannot buy anything else, as I am not allowed to put the yarn (for it’s mainly luscious wool) anywhere else.

    Apart from the project box, projects I am working on go in there. When the box is full, I cannot start another project unless I finish something. So I have become rather good at finishing.

    This system has worked wonders for me. Yarn shopping is incredibly addictive. I don’t want to end up with the wool essentially insulating the house.

  • not so much unfinished as not started. i have materials and such for several projects that have been waiting in the wings for a while now. i’ve made an agreement with myself (always risky) to not buy anything else until i make a large dent in the list.

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