Decluttering

Sunday morning got a rocky start. I had stayed up late on Saturday night, then the dog and the storms woke me up early Sunday morning. I admit, I was a bit grumpy and testy but also ready to get stuff done around the house. I washed all the windows outside before the weather got really hot. I did a bunch of knitting. I soaked and wrung out this spinning:

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This is 400 yards of 2 ply yarn, spun on my support spindles. I didn’t worry too much on this skein about the thickness of the singles, and I plied it quite lightly. So it’s nice and rustic looking. The colors are really gentle. It’s got that particular fuzzy look that woolen spun yarn gets. It’s a lovely second finish of the weekend and I am happy to have it in my collection.

Miss Butterfly and I also decided to do some major decluttering. My craft room is quite a mess, and truthfully, I am also not doing nearly as much crafting as I had, and when I decided I enjoyed makeup, I put all my makeup stuff in there. So, when you add another hobby to an already cluttered and disorganized room, things sort of feel out of hand. I hadn’t really gone through much in the 3 years we’ve been in the house, so it was time. We moved some things to the basement, identified others that could go in the basement once we found an appropriate box for them, took everything out of the closet and reorganized in there, it was great! We even took every handbag I stored in that closet and pulled every last bit and bob out of them, putting them in a box for sorting. Miss Butterfly was a HUGE help in all this, and really also enjoyed herself.

Then we went after my drawers in there which are a combination of important papers, jewelry, and sewing type supplies. We did a bunch of decluttering there too, and organized everything in a manner which means I have a lot more room in each drawer and can actually access everything.

Not willing to stop there, we tackled the hallway linen closet. We were able to convince Mr. Ink that he really didn’t need the suntan lotion in there that he made us keep 3 years ago as no one uses suntan lotion anymore, and he hasn’t used it in the 3 years we’ve been here. We also convinced him that tums that expired in 2003 is an inappropriate item to keep. He acted amazed that these could have expired that long ago, but I had mentioned it 3 years ago! Then we went for the bathroom cupboard, but unfortunately I decluttered that about a year ago and have kept up on it, so there wasn’t much to do in there. One more section got worked on yesterday, a drawer in my bedroom where I also keep important papers, stuffing them in there when they arrive and not looking at them again. As well as that drawer being a bit of a catch all area for other stuff I don’t have a clear idea what to do with. It was great to get that area completed too, and I was able to identify another section of the house that hasn’t been worked on in awhile, so we’ll try to hit that one up this evening. We LOVE decluttering! Oh, we also decluttered Miss Butterfly’s collection of nail polishes, though we only tossed 3. And then painted our nails.

So anyhow, all in all it was a pretty good day, especially after I’d had a nap. Hah. We’ve got some plans together this evening as well, strawberry shortcake making being one of them. We are also looking forward to a little time off at home next week, Mr. Ink and I decided we needed to have some stay at home/hang with Miss Butterfly time before the rest of her summer commences. So we’ve planned accordingly next week.

OH-and after that, Miss Butterfly has challenged me to a week of no knitting and spinning. She has two goals here. She wants to know if I can do it. And also, she thinks that perhaps if I can’t knit or spin, I’ll complete the embroidered pillowcase that’s been in my craft room stash since before she was born. 🙂 More on that to come….

 

 

9 thoughts on “Decluttering

  1. OK, I was going along thinking this was a good post, and how productive you were, and how pretty your yarn is, and then you wound up with NO KNITTING AND SPINNING FOR A WEEK? Don’t do it! I am fearful for the people of your fine city if that happens, lol!

    I mean, I guess doing embroidery or another craft would be OK, but that is a scary thought. 🙂

    I hope you don’t choose a week when you have some time off at home, when you could quietly spin or knit in the morning before the house stirs. 🙂

    I am glad that the time off worked, so the three of you could do some fun things. Enjoy the strawberry shortcake!

  2. No knitting and no spinning for a week? wow. WEll she must want that embroidery done!! A stitch is a stitch right? Good for all your reorganzie and declutter. We are good here as moving 2 years ago, made us pare down significantly. I do clean out the clothes seasonally and send to resale shops for charity. I log cabin knitted all weekend. Still enjoying it. also bought Fireman two evergreen trees for fathers day. Al and zach each wanted to give him one. They are hidden in the woods for now…I swear he wont even see them there.

  3. Wow you were super productive!!! I love the feeling decluttering brings and I always do a better job of it when my mom is beside me:)

    • I LOVE decluttering! I find it to be so satisfying. The trouble is, I don’t tend to amass things to declutter anymore, so yesterday I tried to declutter my handbags and realized I must have done so in the past because I really don’t have any. Maybe it’s time for me to go through clothing again. I understand that feeling of having mom around to help decutter-it probably has something to do with having company through it, and someone to hold you accountable.

      • Exactly! We have found my mom doesn’t actually have to do anything, just be there🤣
        That’s great you don’t accumulate

      • I have heard stories of friends doing that for each other. One comes to the other’s home with her knitting and sits and visits while home owner declutters. Then they trade places. I need that! For my basement. That desperately needs attention but no one wants to be in an unfinished basement all alone. It’s just NOT fun.

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