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The joys of decluttering

I haven’t posted to this blog for quite a while, and I apologize. Part of the reason is that I haven’t been at the sewing machine for several months (except for a workshop by Linda Halpin, and even that I haven’t followed up on). Instead, I’ve been trying to decrease my work area, both office and creative space, by more than half. It’s funny, I thought I did pretty well not accumulating clutter, but it has been an eye-opener to go through every box and every drawer. I keep finding things I didn’t know I had (and they aren’t much use if I don’t know they are there), and things that I wonder why I ever kept. A lot of it is also from previous interests, that I don’t think I’ll pursue any further.

Then when I decide what I don’t need any more, there is the question of what to do with it all. I’m not very good at tossing things that might be useful into the trash (although I could take lessons from Marv) so I try to find ways of blessing others with what I am giving away. I’ve been slowly reducing the number of quilts, donating to the Quilt Museum, my church, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and other worthy organizations. This last week, I’ve been going through drawers and boxes of notions, threads, lace, etc. About a third of my no-longer-useful-to me stuff will be offered to friends and guild members, a third (not quilt-related) will go into the Salvation Army pile, and a third just gets tossed.

It’s funny, though. I’ve been a member of Flylady.net for probably 10 years, and always thought I didn’t have a problem with clutter, but, by golly, she’s right. It’s way more peaceful with less stuff. It’s just way harder than I thought to get there.

I’m not sure when I’ll find time to post again, so please be patient. Our plan is to finish decluttering and painting in February, spend March in Tucson, then finish up preparing for sale in April and get the house on the market in May. I’ll update our progress whenever I can.

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