Last weekend I started cleaning up my downstairs studio after nearly 4 months of ignoring it completely.
This intense cleaning session soon spawned itself into a Paint-the-Walls Initiative which then mutated into a Remodel-the-Whole-Room insanity spree.
No, I certainly didn't want to spend all weekend painting the walls blue, green, and off white, and definitely didn't plan to be installing a new closet organizer system into the weird alcove space, but now that it's nearly done, I've very happy with the end result:
Unfortunately this cleaning job is only about 1/3 of the way done because now I have to put back all of the things that used to go into this space, plus my fabric stash.
And the thing is, I'm really wanting to downsize.
I know that's a really strange word to hear from a quilter, but I've been hanging onto things, like my stock of knitting needles and yarn, that are just not going to ever be used again.
Josh has been watching a show called Hording: Buried Alive, and while I know my stash has never even come close to this level of accumulation, it has made me stop and question why I'm keeping things when I know for a fact that I will never use them.
Take for instance this set of crocheted snowflake ornaments:
I keep meaning to put them on a beaded chain to sit in the window during the winter, but they've been sitting in a bag in my room for 4 years, and I'm obviously not going to do anything with them. Any takers?
Next up we have a set of doll house furniture from my early days of pregnancy nesting (that was 3.5 years ago!):
I'm SO tempted to keep this because the urge to glue wooden pieces together and make a huge mess over my kitchen table regularly strikes every 2 years.
But what am I going to do with it all when it's all assembled?! I don't have a doll house! I don't even have a little girl to play dollhouse with!
Of course there are a few things I have no question about keeping. This set of crocheted, beaded rings were made by one of my Great Grandmothers:
Yes, they're totally out of fashion and actually quite painful to wear, but how in the world could I throw them away?
And I will never throw out this beaded purse I made 13 years ago. There were just too many hours spent over my bead loom to give it up!
But what should I do about the 50 other necklaces I made back when my neck was 13 inches in circumference?
A few fit, but almost none are my style. I really don't wear that much jewelry anymore, so it's hard to really see the point of hanging onto this stuff.
I could rip it all up and harvest the beads out of it, but that seems like such a waste. Why rip these up when I'm not going to do anything with the beads? And what if I might one day look back and want to see these pieces again?
Uggh! It's almost easier to just chuck it all into the bottom of a drawer than think about another alternative.
And we haven't even started on the fabric stash!
I guess the best default is to keep anything really nice (meaning not totally falling apart) that marked a significant jump in my skill level. That makes the necklaces a bit easier to keep and the smaller, silly junk a lot easier to chuck out.
But where does that leave those darn knitting needles? Any takers on those?
Feel free to share your stash woes and if you're interested in the snowflakes or knitting needles, I'm definitely serious about getting rid of them. "Free to a good home" is going to be my favorite thing to say this weekend.
I'm off to sort through everything a bit longer. Maybe detour up to the kitchen for a root beer float first...all cleaning tasks are easier with a little sugar and ice cream!
Let's go quilt,