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Friday, January 15, 2016

The Purge - spring cleaning

For the last week or two, I have really felt the need to remove clutter. It started at work when I decided to clean out my file drawer, and noticed I had files from 2011 and 2010 that I hadn't touched since then, except for when we moved offices. Do I really need that around? No! I went through it all, digitized paperwork I thought I may need in the future, and put the rest in the recycling bin. I also cleaned out a little nook in my desk of old binders and catalogs I have no need for. Gone!

Next up - my craft area. My bins, small boxes and baskets are spilling over with fabric, and it's been driving me nuts for awhile. The drawers barely close, and I have to squeeze the fabric into it to make it fit, and always scraping my hand across the top in the process. So I pulled out all my scrap fabric and organized it by color. It's amazing how much fabric I built up in the last few years, even with all the projects I've done. I planned out the layout for blocks similar to this one I found on pinterest and off I went. I have about five 6.5" blocks done at this moment. And it's been kinda fun reminiscing on past projects as I cut up the fabric. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it sure will be nice to have some space in my fabric drawers and baskets again! Be sure to follow my Tumblr feed to keep up with my progress.

And yet another project - get rid of my basket of tiny balls of yarn! On the top shelf of my closet, I have a large apple basket just full of leftover yarn from old projects that I just haven't used on anything else, or given to the cats. Hooray for Pinterest again! I found this idea of using up old yarn by using several strings at once, and connecting a new piece once one string runs out. So I've started making a blanket, actually with the basketweave stitch per the instructions, but I may pull it out and start over with another stitch, as the basketweave takes ALOT of yarn. That stitch it basically is double the normal thickness, which creates a really nice heavy blanket, but I think I may not have enough scrap to make an adult-size blankie!

And coming soon - cleaning an reorganizing my closet (as soon as I find a new inexpensive shelf and hanging setup I like) and our garage space!