Oh Good God…what have I become?
This is what I’ve been thinking every time I’ve peered into my sewing room before shaking my head in shame and closing the door.
A lot of my fans have wondered why I haven’t been sewing as much lately. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
I’m glad I at least have the dignity to know I should be ashamed.
But I can explain! You see, I’ve been swamped at work and I’m also in the middle of house hunting…which is turning into almost a full-time job of its own.
It’s amazing how easy it is to keep the rest of your home orderly and tidy at the expense of one sad little room that gets all of that stuff you don’t have time to deal with carelessly tossed into it.
See that overflowing basket under my serger? That’s my “To be donated” basket. The idea is, when the basket fills up, I bag up everything and take it to Goodwill. I’ve clearly been very slack as of late.
It gets worse. As temperatures began to get warmer, but weren’t quite warm enough to justify a full wardrobe switch-over, my once-nicely stacked bins (I have no attic or extra closet space) of summer frocks became…well…this:
When the Goodwill Spring Declutter Challenge was announced, I knew I had to get my sewing room back in usable order.
It honestly wasn’t that hard.
First, I emptied all those bins and put my summer clothes in my closets and my neatly-folded winter duds replaced them in the bins.
While swapping winter for summer, I put anything I hadn’t worn that season in my donation pile. After dropping of a considerable amount of clothing, I was already feeling much better, lighter, and happier.
The rest was just figuring out better places for things. Those stools you saw stacked against the wall are extra seating for when I entertain, and therefore are better kept under my sofa. All that clutter on my sewing table was just a bunch of stuff that needed to be put in its proper place.
In other words, it looked like a lot, and it felt like a daunting task. But it was actually quite simple.
And here’s the “after”:
You can see where I draped a curtain panel over my bins of winter things to try and make it as pretty as a pile of bins can possibly be. I even added a painting by a favorite local artist, Michael Krajewski.
Now I’m ready to get back to my one of my favorite things…refashioning!
And guess what? It’s not too late for you to experience the delightful sensation of decluttering your life as well. The Goodwill Spring Declutter Challenge has one more day left. So why not get organized and win some swell stuff for your efforts? 🙂