Ugh. Only THREE posts in January?? I've really been a slipshod blogger! Thanks, as always, for visiting and for taking the time to say hello in the comments.
I AM busily crocheting over here. The problem is that I'm often behind on taking pictures, so though I might have plenty to tell you, I have nothing to show you.
January has been a big organizational month around our house. For the past few years, I've been working to simplify, reduce, pare down, scale back, etc. I shall be talking more about that in the very near future - possibly even in a second blog post this week!
In the meantime, here was a nasty little corner of my bedroom last weekend. Look at all that laundry. Look at those unwanted books that have been culled and need a new home (NOT the Michael Palin book atop the dirty laundry, that is very much wanted). Look at that Granny Stripe, languishing in its sadly incomplete state. Look at that other random box of yarn - what IS that, anyway?
I spent a good bit of time last weekend, taming that corner. The laundry is pretty much done, the books are gone, the Granny Stripe is... still looking just like that, but I'll get to it!
I also cleaned out my closet a good bit. Inside that closet was a big Rubbermaid tub of yarn. Two years ago, it contained pretty much my entire stash...
...which has since grown to fill a large corner of one room. The picture below is the newly repurposed dining room from last spring...
I need to take a current picture to share. Everything is still organized, and I'm not brimming over with yarn... but I have reached the point where I can safely say, "I Have Enough." And I think that's the key to any sane household or life - recognizing when one has Enough, be it yarn, dish soap, money, books or just general good health. It's vital to recognize and appreciate these things.
Off my (dish) soapbox for now. Anyway, I cleaned out that tub of yarn in my closet, making serious decisions about which yarn I'm never, ever going to use - don't know why I bought that ugly yarn, didn't like it when someone gave it to me, whatever - and I put it aside to donate.
Then I put all my pretty shiny acrylic yarn (specifically Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Satin) into a Space Bag. For those unfamiliar with these, it's basically a big Ziploc plastic bag with a valve on the front. Attach your vacuum hose, suck all the air out, and your big bag of smooshy blankets, towels, sweaters, or yarn becomes significantly flatter, allowing more storage space.
Tucked two bags of yarn away and had room to put more in the box, freeing up space in my closet.
Freshly inspired, I went on to tackle the hall linen closet. With four people and three different-sized beds in one house, there are many bed linens to deal with. I finally parted with the bedspread we bought right after we got married (15 years ago), since we haven't used it in years and it has just been sitting there. Said goodbye to Spongebob sheets that my seventh-grader no longer wants. Shoved other blankets and sheets into Space Bags - suuuuuuuuuuck with the vacuum - and voila - tidy, organized linen closet whose door will actually CLOSE with a resounding click!
Goodwill is tired of seeing us, and we are tired of seeing it, but I think we're nearly finished with the overall clear-out. More to come - possibly this week!! (But don't hold your breath.)