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May 05, 2016

ReFashionista’s Goodwill Spring Declutter Challenge

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 am failing as a human being.

I am failing as a human being.

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:

I'm not proud of this.

I’m not proud of 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”:

*Gigantic sigh of relief*

*Gigantic sigh of relief*

My refash rack is accessible once more!

My refash rack is accessible once more!

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.

A conversational grouping

A conversational grouping

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? 🙂





  1. Nice to hear from you, and good job on the decluttering!

  2. I envy anyone who has a designated sewing room, I have a serious fabric stash hidden behind arm chairs, sewing machine on its side on a dining chair, threads bobbins scissors etc in various drawers…… And seam rippers wherever I throw them in frustration!

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  4. Glad your ok. Good luck

  5. Glad you are ok. I had to laugh Im making a dress at the moment and it is just tossed over my dress form and looked just like yours!

    I too, have to do some de-cluttering…. perhaps that could be a Sunday job!

  6. Love the Muu Muu top Refash. So glad you are OK, I was worried. love you blog

  7. Yayness that you are doing well! Your clutter could be my neat on a good day.

  8. I have the exact same Audrey Hepburn photo in my sewing room! Yay! Just FYI – I too have been wondering where in the world you’ve been. It’s good to have you back. Truly. ❤️

  9. Great to hear from you again. I have been busy de cluttering and refashioning! Not always easy

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  11. Hi…love your blog,your ideas,your photos and on and on…
    I’m in the process of making a sewing/craft/painting/room out of one of my bedrooms in my ginormous old house.You have sparked my energy for it again so thanks.Keep up all your wonderful transformations,it’s a lot of fun to see your posts.

  12. Well, I guess I was a part of this declutter thing and didn’t even realize it! LOL! I built a closet in my master bedroom out of different things that I have collected. I reused some really neat Locker baskets that were sold in a school district garage sale. They were only $1 a basket and I have since then seen them at antique shops for between $20-$30 dollars! I just took two of those hook screws and put them in the wall then hung the baskets. I used plumbing/pipe parts to hang a clothes rod. I used easy to install dollar store shelves and put together an area to house all my shoes and folded jeans. It looks so much better and now I no longer have the dreaded clothes pile chair that I know many of us have…LOL! I wish I could post pics.

  13. Your latest posting made me smile. Your room looks good… wish you would do mine.. j/k : )
    Hope you are successful in your house/home search!! Spring is a busy time… Cheers…

  14. So glad you’re back! Congrats on your new home purchase and would love to hear more abt your new abode. Great organizing too – something must be in the air or planets aligning, as I’ve been decluttering too, emptying out closets & organizing my things. I also knit & crochet, so that’s another story of what to do with all my stash. Would love to sell a lot of my yarn, really cheap just to get more space.