I have mentioned before that I periodically have these bouts of organizing. Things pile up and then one day there's just one too many things piled and I have to stop everything to declutter. That's what happened this weekend.
Two things set it off. First I have been missing working on my kaleidoscope projects but I hate getting all of that fabric out and living in the mess. I have to have all of the fabric out on the floor so I can see it all but when I am doing that I can't do anything else in my sewing room. I've been pondering other ways to work on them.
Secondly, we got a bigger TV. I thought Chris would want the old one in the bedroom. We haven't had a TV in the bedroom since the last one died and I haven't missed it. I never watch TV upstairs. He didn't want one there either and suggested that I put the old (big enough) one in my sewing room. Great idea but there's no room for it!
That set off 2 solid days of decluttering and reorganizing! I decided that I had the perfect floor space for spreading out my kaleidoscope fabrics under the longarm downstairs. It's a big space, it's unused and I can have it covered and it wouldn't interfere with quilting at all. Off I went and I
- filled two black trash bags with actual garbage
- filled a paper grocery bag with old magazines for the recycle bin
- filled the equivalent of 2 black trash bags with donation fabric and supplies for VCU School of Fashion Design
- filled a box with books for Goodwill
- set up a sewing space in the basement without buying anything except a $7 tabletop ironing board
Oh wow, I can breathe again! I didn't realize how overwhelming the space had become for me. I rearranged everything that was left (and honestly I should still get rid of about a third of what's left) .
I was able to remove half a shelf to make way for the TV. I think this one is big enough for a sewing room! I can't help it, I enjoy watching TV. I was able to clear away enough things to move some of my books here. There's still 2 baskets of crap on the bottom shelf to go through.
I really should have taken before photos because my cutting table hasn't been clear for a VERY long time. Now only today's project is up and the floor is finally clear underneath. You can't imagine the dust I dredged up. What a pigsty it was!
I cleared out the book shelves and my two large fabric cabinets also have some breathing room now.
Finally, I got my sewing station set up in the basement. None of my spaces are fancy or pretty. I'm a function over form person in most everything so this folding table on a concrete floor works perfectly for my needs.
But it wasn't all work! I started on my Golden Harvest quilt. I'm working it a bit backwards and starting with the borders. This week I will finish the 4 corners and hope to start the centers at the weekend.
My decluttering episodes seem to be genetic. I talked to my oldest brother this weekend (we are almost exactly a year apart in age). His hobby is woodworking and he spent the weekend decluttering his workshop and shed. We were both happy with our results.
I hope the upcoming week is equally productive! Check out other design walls at Patchwork Times.