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Things I’ve Done Today

I’ve spent most of today working on my craft room, finishing the cleaning, tidying, and general shifting of stuff around. I got a lot done today though back there.

  • I had a lovely gentleman pick up a trash bag full of scraps for his quilter husband. I may have a few more for him later on. For some reason he told me where he works, so when I finish my quilt blocks I can probably swing by there and drop it off to him.
  • I moved things that were in my fabric drawers and small shoe drawers into the drawers the scraps were in. Apparently I have literally around a hundred zippers.
  • I sorted all my beads, culling a big pile to be donated and emptying out 2 5″ x 8″ containers. I might actually be able to empty out a third if I move a few things around a bit.
  • I found a finished pot holder, plus one that just needs bias tape sewn on it so I’m going to try to finish that tomorrow.
  • I found a hat I knitted a few years ago that I thought was stolen at a craft fair.
  • I collected another 3 shopping bags worth of stuff, bringing me up to 13 bags donated from my craft room.
  • I sorted all my fabrics, adding a few to donation bags, and put all the rest away, which enabled me to put the big grey tote out on the patio, empty.

In doing all this, I freed up 6 shoe-storage drawers, 2 bead containers, and 1 large grey shipping tote.

I still need to vacuum but tomorrow I am going to try to get some sewing done. I have that pot holder, 8 more quilt squares, and a skirt I started a few months ago that needs finishing. All easy projects, I just need to actually get started.

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40 Bags? Kon-Marie? Spring Cleaning?

40 bags in 40 days…. Marie Kondo…. Spring cleaning… Tidying up…. Whatever you want to call it, you’ve probably got something that needs cleaned up. For me right now, its my craft room. My craft room is technically a tiny mother-in-law’s apartment on the back of our garage. Its a roughly 8′ x 8′ room with a tiny hallway, afterthought closet nook, and a 3/4 bathroom. It has pros and cons.

Pros

  • Its just about the right size to store my crafty stuff
  • There’s room to work
  • Its quiet and private
  • Its my personal space that no one comes into without me inviting them

Cons

  • Its not climate controlled
  • The West wall is cement so I can’t put up shelves or really put anything into it
  • Its not large enough for a comfy chair
  • Its small so space is at a premuim

But its my space, and I try to keep things as tidy as possible because like I said, space is at a premium, and no sense in piling stuff up taking up precious room.

I noticed a few days ago that I had some things I liked at the time they arrived, but I don’t love any more. Things like scads of yarn that was given to me by someone else destashing. Fabric scraps. Storage containers. Art supplies poled against walls and corners.

I decided to start with the yarn. On Ravelry, there’s a feature called the Stash. It lets you record all your yarn online so you have a digital library of what you have. Its super hand when you’re out yarn shopping to look up if you have something already or to see what will go well with something you have at home. Anyway, I discovered after adding in all my yarns, I had almost 53 miles of yarn. 53 miles. And I don’t even love all of it!

I started off by digging out all the yarn I’m not mad about, all the yarn I likely won’t use, and bagging it. Removing it from stash. Dropping it off at the thrift store. 6 shopping bags full. I did that will all the yarns I didn’t love and knocked 4 miles off of my stash. I did hold back the sock yarn I don’t love because that’s going to specific people, but it is going to go.

Then I looked at my items I’ve made. I looked at my crafting books. I looked at craft supplies. I filled another 4 bags with things I don’t use, aren’t relevant to me, or will likely never be sold or gifted. This included some unfortunate ruffle scarves, an ugly pair of mittens, and some ginormous slippers I crocheted. That was this afternoon.

This evening I tackled the corner of my craft room where I have multiple storage containers with varying degrees of stuff in them. I pulled out a large tackle box which was holding lots of bias tape, elastics, and and assorted sewing notions. Those were all bagged and put into the cabinet of my sewing desk. The tackle box is now empty and unneeded. Outside it went.

Then I open the box containing all of my quilt squares I finished over the last 6 years or so. I laid them out on the floor and found I only need 8 more to actually piece together my quilt. But what this really means is the 6 drawers and 5 bags of scraps I have? Almost all of them can go. I placed an ad on Craigslist so hopefully I can get a few people to pop by and pick some of them up. And maybe this weekend I will finish the other 8 squares.

I’m also likely going to donate the ball gown I made several years ago. It takes up a lot of space and I have no desire to wear it again. That will almost completely clean out that corner. All that leaves is the closet nook, which is mostly a mess because of the haphazard way packing materials are piled up in it. If I can get rid of all of the fabric scraps, I can better organize my fabric collection, and then start to clean up that area too.

It feels so good to tidy up my space and make it pretty again! But I really wish someone would come over and clean our house! LOL

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Organizing & Cleaning Oh My!

I’ve been cleaning and organizing pretty much everything the last few days. I finally vacuumed my craft room, and I moved my dress forms into the bathroom since I’m not doing a lot of sewing right now and I don’t use them for everything. I managed to get the toilet in the bathroom back there to stop running so I guess I can use it if I need to. I got all my beads sorted and put away except fro one little bag of them, and I have dropped off more donations to the thrift store.

My cubical shelves came in yesterday so I assembled them and got them put up. I reorganized my yarn and now I have empty spaces. I need to remember that I do not need to keep buying yarn to keep filling the empty spaces. The top left and top center cubes are all Charisma yarn and I have a similar amount on two shelves of Softee Chunky. There’s still a few yarns I am considering getting rid of but I’m still undecided.

 

The cubicals below I already had but I was able to sort things out a little better- The top shelves are all Red Heart Super Saver, and the bottom is Caron Simply Soft. In the middle, from left to right are sewing books, jewelry making books, and my knitting and crochet books and magazines. Some unfortunately have to lay down because they are too tall to fit otherwise.

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I think I am coming out of this crazy manic period I was in. I don’t feel compelled to shop any more and I’m not as antsy or fidgety. I hope this means I will even out in the next few weeks and things will be good again, but if we need to try increasing my Geodon dose, then so be it.

I spent some time yesterday, about an hour, playing with clay, and I made a new skull sculpture. I still need to paint it, but it turned out pretty well. Its crazy heavy though, using about half a pound of clay around a large ball of aluminum foil to make it faster to bake and not so heavy. I’ll share photos of him later on. 🙂

Sashi of course things I need her help with everything, but when I actually let her tag along she gets bored and either naps, or just drapes herself over the couch and looks bored. I was taking one of my recently regular afternoon naps and I woke up to this view. She was as close as she could get without actually touching me, and when I opened my eyes she decided to lick me half to death. I love this sweet face so much!

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Organizing & Cleaning Up!

While I was away, I ordered a shelf from Amazon that was 3 x 3 cubes.  It arrived home a bit before I did, so this morning I got a screwdriver and a hammer and set to work putting it together. I had a false start where I had it almost halfway assembled before I realized I used the wrong piece for the base. Oops!

It was pretty quick work though and I immediately loaded it up with my craft and sewing books and some yarn. I put my natural fiber and my Red Heart Super Saver and my Caron Simply Soft on the shelves, leaving soon for the Simply Soft that will be arriving in the next few days.

 

That gave me more room on my hanging yarn storage to better group things and I pulled the yarn I want to sell out and stuck them into one of my totes.  I think I might have a few other skeins to pay with so might just over it all up as a box for $x.

I’m going to save up for the 3 x 4 cube shelving unit (if I’m good I can order it at the beginning of April) to replace my hanging storage.  It will look nicer and sit closer to the wall opening up a bit more floor space in the process. Storage-wise, it will give me about the same amount of room as I have now. I overall like my hanging storage but as I get more yarn,  I find over stuffing them can slightly damage them and the white units look so much better in the room and are far sturdier. It would also give me the option to attack things on top of it underneath the wall – mounted shelf which I can’t do now.

Next month is Stitches West, a big knit /crochet / yarn convention thing in Santa Clara. I wish I could attend but it’s just not in the budget at all. Maybe next year though.

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