Spring cleaning doesn't have to happen in just the Spring. Fall works too. I don't know about you, but once I decide to get rid of something it usually leaves the premises rather quickly, never to enter my home again. No remorse, no guilt...even when the kiddos complain.
Here are a few things that have left the building....
- New patterns bought in previous times when I thought I might actually make that item.
- Patterns that I have used to make something but now no longer fit my kids or me.
- Fabric--most to be donated to the thrift store.
- Half-finished projects that hold no motivation to be completed and/or if completed wouldn't fit who they were intended for anyway. (a few can be refashioned into something else useful--but not too many) I'm all for removing the guilt altogether.
- Fleece that I don't want to look at anymore and it takes up way too much space on my shelves. I did quickly make 1 tied fleece blanket while watching Letters to Juliet one afternoon that I will give away somehow--even though the kids thought we should keep it along with our I don't know how many other blankets. Uh,...no!
- Bags of knit collars given to me in years past. (I still have one 10 gal. bin completely full of ribbing for t-shirts)
- Costumes that are too small for my girls (why they were in my sewing room and not the costume bin I'm not sure.)
- 20+ baby quilts that have been accumulating during the summer that will be donated to a local hospital next week.
- 35+ knitted stocking caps that I will either try to sell at a craft show at the end of Oct. or donate them somewhere.
- Jean/denim scraps that I don't want to see anymore. Just kept the big stuff.
Then yesterday, right before this was ready to post, I went into Round 2 of the purge. I was sewing and realized my carpet was wet from some serious rain we've received this week. And so I ripped out the wet, already slightly moldy, piece of carpet. (We just had a piece that we were covering cement basement floor) And then we also had to remove a storage cabinet that was moldy inside and rotting out the bottom. Obviously not from just this week's rain. Lovely!
After moving ALL my stuff out of the room I got rid of even more stuff that I didn't want to put back in. And lucky for us, next weekend is the city's free drop-off at the recycling center. See ya stuff! Now it looks like I'll be searching for a throw rug to put in my room, or maybe I'll take this opportunity to lay down peel and stick flooring....hmmm....maybe this wasn't such a bad thing to have happen.