Sunday, 12 February 2017

Decluttering continues

I set myself a goal for the New Year to declutter and get myself to the point where I know where everything is and do not have to spend hours looking for an item I know I have. Then get distracted by other finds on the way. Well update still decluttering and still getting distracted by finds, good job I have no event until the end of November to attend.

In the cupboard in my sewing room have a unit which is divided up into cubes, always had a problem finding suitable boxes that fit. Browsing ebay, as you do, found some wonderful canvas cubes that are perfect, they will be holding all my large fabric pieces.

My ribbons have also had a makeover and now in special boxes which enables me to pull and cut, not like before in one large box where they escaped from and ended up all over the floor.

I am getting there but taking so long as sometimes feel split between making and decluttering, so end up doing neither. Keep telling myself if I concentrate should all be done by the end of February, then can do the workroom in March not to mention the rest of the house. I do feel better when decluttering has been done and amazed at how much 'stuff' we accumulate for 2 people. It is hard to sometimes make the big decision and let go of items though as always think 'what if' but know if not used in 5 years unlikely to be used in the future. The last time we did this sort of thinning out was when we moved into the house in 1989, this property is considerably bigger than the last and when we got the keys from the builders thought we would never fill it and be rattling around. That is so funny 26 years later we are full to the brim, hence why the workroom was built to accommodate all my non sewing crafts. Also needed a stock room as swell for all the craft bits I make, lol.

Love the Marie Kondo's Japanese philosophy of living, this is an extract from a review of her book:

"Kondo invites readers, particularly Western ones, to fundamentally re-think their relationships to the objects in their everyday lives. With a few simple, though radical, rules, Kondo’s approach promises to transform the way you relate to the things in your life, forever. The verdict’s still out for me on the ‘forever’ part, but her rules are refreshing. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too,” she writes. Finding inner peace by way of a more organized life? "

I agree that in the Western World we are very wrapped up in 'things' and let's be honest as I get older I realise cannot take it with me and as have no children, no one to leave it too. So I am now taking the stance if not being used or potentially useful will go.

Until next week, Happy Crafting!


  1. A very thought provoking post! I definitely need to de-stash and I have been working my way through my stashed fabrics quite well so far this year.

  2. Oooo, your decluttering sounds hard core! You are really going for it, well done. My biggest problem is I like to keep useful little bits "just in case". i probably use about 30% of the things I keep just in case but because I don't know which 30% it's going to be I keep it all.
    I'm sure when you are finished you'll be SO much more productive with everything to hand.

  3. I go through phases of decluttering, I just have to be in the right mood to do it. I love theboxes for your ribbons, I might just have to look into those for my ribbon horde!

  4. I Marie Kondoed a few years ago when the book was first published and loved it. Once it was all done, I discovered Fly Lady which works brilliantly for me on a continuing basis - smaller, gradual steps that fit in with life for the long term, no overnight transformation but a way life. It's a great feeling though when you're have a good clear out isn't it?! :D dropping by from #HandmadeMonday

    1. Not heard of Fly Lady, checked out the site and looks very interesting. Thank you Chris

  5. I'm sure it will be well worth the effort - you never know I maybe inspired to tackle the sewing room!

  6. There's nothing like a good sort out, but it can be hard letting go of stuff too. I need to have a bit of a Marie Kondo myself :)

  7. I'm definitely intrigued by the ribbon boxes! I'd love to see them in use.


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