Friends, we have a clutter issue. I read that 27 percent of Americans think their homes are “very” or “somewhat” cluttered. In many cases, we simply let that clutter build up and eat us up. Buy one – get one; sales so great and with the additional percentage off because you have a branded credit card with the store or are earning points for more stuff you don’t need but will purchase anyway.
I recently reached the end of a roll of Pathmark brand waxed paper. This roll of waxed paper came with me when I moved to SC in 1995. I continued to use it even though it was past the recommended expiration date. Do I really need to replace this with a six roll multi-pack from Sam’s? I think not.
Shortly after retiring I purchased new hangers. After I wore an item, it went on a new hanger. Between Christmas and New Years, any garment on an old hanger was scrutinized for donation. Since the weather had not yet turned cold, I gave myself license to keep some unworn items. Three trash bags full of clothing and shoes donated to Goodwill. The part-time job I was going to get with a temp agency, who am I kidding? A suit is not required to teach quilting.
Gary was not feeling well yesterday and stayed home from work. While he slept off and on throughout the day, I kept things quiet by organizing fabric scraps, stitched up a little charity quilt, followed by a purge of quilting magazines. Instead of keeping an entire magazine for one “I want to make that someday” article, I removed individual pages. Today I purchased sheet protectors and a binder to better organize the keepers. It’s no surprise how much shelf space is freed up.
In preparation for a future move, quilter Aby Dolinger started a 2016 Quilt-A-Long to use up her hoarded fat quarters.
Have you recently completed a declutter? What process did you use to part with your beloved items?