First, I have to warn some of you that it's not knitting. My big project for January ( which I actually started last month) is decluttering my studio and the adjacent storage room so that it is a pleasant place to work once again. And who knows what I will find that I forgot I had?
I started in December, after reading a decluttering article in AARP magazine, with the five things/five minutes method... purging a little bit at time, cleaning up the living room to set up the Christmas tree, and then the parlor so I could entertain my Knit Night grrls... both efforts resulted in a small pile to go to the thrift store, which I actually dropped off a few days before Christmas. The trash got a bit fuller too, but the real work began in earnest after the holiday visiting was over. First, I organized my gift wrapping.... into a neat little unit that had gone missing for several years and never gotten assembled until a week ago... that's what happens when you let clutter get out of control!
Next, I went through things in the office, dabbling away at paper reduction, including going through my file drawer and my tax folder... the earliest I have ever gotten those pesky receipts together. I needed to do unemotional things before taking on the really serious weeding out.
Here's a few 'before' shots, just so you can see how bad things really were....
Let's see... there's also a shoebox full of beading supplies, my exercise bike (which I really DO use regularly, especially in winter), my weaving project from the class I took back in September, and a Singer treadle table, minus machine, that is SOO buried in STUFF you wouldn't know what it was, except for the large, metal logo! The next photo is the other side of the room, which had a brick and board shelf the length of the room (remember those from college days? I decided they are perfectly fine for industrial use)... those shelves were covered with all the paperwork you need to store, gift wrapping, peacock feathers destined to become a couple of feather dusters, a portable sewing machine, set up and ready, but covered with STUFF, and a cedar chest... can you spot it?
Hint: on top of the cedar chest is a pile of teal green Cascade Sierra, hoping to become part of a colored-yoke sweater, and also a pouch containing my unfinished Flutter Scarf (Rav link).
So, New Years' Day, having celebrated early and gotten plenty of rest the night before, I dove in and spent six hours of steady work....
I managed to mostly empty this smaller storage room out into the larger studio, making room to work... unearthing three boxes stored by one adult child, and a paintball gun and large trash bag full of stuffed animals stored by another! It was determined that e foam mattress topper stashed there by DD when she got a brand new bed could be passed along to a sibling wanting it for a guest room. The downstairs was rapidly filling with boxes to go to the thrift store (which we did the next day!).
I then decided that all the non-creative stuff I still needed to save should be moved in there, and proceeded to disassemble those brick and board shelves and move them into the storage room... whew, by then I stopped for a well-deserved lunch break! After re-assembling the shelves and purging three years of old records (did you know you only need to keep tax-related records for seven years? I stopped and looked it up... I had the room back together with far less being stored, and was delighted with how neat it looked!
then, New Years evening, DH helped me assemble the white shelving unit against the wall that had held the old shelves... in a sloping upstairs, that is still truly the best wall for them... we were rather surprised by how many cubicles there ended up being... 12 total.
I was grateful for a big, strong hubby since the units had to somewhat be pounded together in a way my hands just can't tolerate any more...
That was my stopping place for the day, and Saturday included a trip to town for groceries and dropping off discards at the thrift store (I really DID feel that I lost 20 pounds, at least of clutter:)Here's the shelving unit, after assemblage and a few items stashed in it... on the top are some things that will go in my Etsy shop (which will get a revision in the next month) or on Ebay... worth selling rather than simply tossing. Some of the cubicles on the far right are now filled with my spinning stash, safely encased in heavy plastic bags. I realized I really do have some great projects-in-waiting, and don't need to look far for inspiration. However, I needed to return to work on Monday, so the completion of my project will have to wait a bit... I promise photos soon, as you all will be holding me accountable to finishing:) In the meantime, I had to run to the bank this afternoon so that I could start paying January's bills, and dropped by my other job to pick up yarns for some simple accessories to help me through my winter hiking and birdwatching... the Owl Cowl (inspired by Margene, but a different design) and some mitts inspired by Carrie.