OH MY GOD!!!!! I have to laugh because some of you and maybe more than I know are busy cleaning up their sewing rooms or certain areas of your house.
I got two pictures yesterday that put a HUGE smile on my face. A brave reader shared her before and after of the coffee table at her house. Are you ready???
Apparently, there was a Christmas table runner beneath all that stuff, and it got swapped out for a new one. But isn't it amazing how much stuff accumulates, and we don't really see it? A HUGE thanks to Cathie for sharing her before and after. Don't worry - I have another assignment for you today. Let's move back to the quilting area.
Pick ONE project box and clean it out. WHAT?? Yep --- identify first if you want to finish the project. And if you do, then clean it out. What can be put away? Perhaps you can do all the cutting and put the excess fabric away. Are there extra tools or supplies in there that shouldn't be there?
Remember the other day, I posted a picture of what my neighbor did with her snow? She insists on using one of those giant scoops to push the snow into the street instead of using something smaller so she can LIFT the snow onto her front lawn. When the plow came by, he was very kind and left that huge mess in the street, so it wasn't going to get plowed into my driveway. That plow operator needs a quilt from me!
As I approached my house yesterday after walking Lexi, I heard a truck slowly rumbling down the street behind me. I glanced over my shoulder, and it was a city plow. Not the contract ones that usually do our street. This was from the city. It appeared he had a mission - to clean up the mess in the street. Granted, we live on a wide curve in the street, so none of the snow was blocking traffic.
I ran into the house and upstairs so I could survey the situation. I wanted to be ready in the event he plowed any of that snow into my driveway. He started by pushing a huge pile onto the boulevard where the neighbor could easily have put the snow with a SHOVEL, which would have prevented the whole mess.
Then he very carefully scraped the snow until the mess was clean. I notice that he put some snow back in her driveway (YEAH), and some went into the next neighbor because they had not done a great job at cleaning either, but he barely touched my drive. You could tell that he was meticulous. Not sure that he was conscientious, or he knew I was standing watching him with my phone in hand!!!
|Easing off the snow going into our driveway|
|Snow got put back into the neighbor's drives|
|Just a bit of snow at the end of our drive|
|Cutting the freezer paper templates|
|The fabric scraps|
|The contents of the project basket|
|The applique prep station|
|A yo-yo maker|
|Finished with the pink fabrics|
|The flower template ironed to the fabric|
|Sorting the scraps from the larger pieces|
|Almost finished the applique prep|
|Little Handfuls of Scraps by Edyta Sitar|
|The binding fabric left in the project box|
|The prepped pile of work|
Hopefully, I'm learning some time-management skills (not likely), but at least I'm giving it a try. I was so focused on the applique and finished that audiobook that I didn't get back to the office at all, and well, the e-mails have exploded again! And tonight is my first of several event series, so I have to get myself organized for that!!
It's going to be another super busy day. I have TONS more to share with you, and I have NOT forgotten the UFO homework. It's coming!
So don't forget your decluttering homework for today. Pick a project box - could be current, could be a UFO, but go through it and see what you can do to clean it up! That's easy - well, hopefully, it'll be easy.
You know, in all the decluttering thing, there are several issues. We can declutter any surface. It's actually quite easy - you just move the junk to another location (I'm very good at that - but I'm way better than I used to be) or you can deal with it - which is what we should do, and that's what I'm now doing. The other thing to consider is how to prevent the clutter from happening again. I'm very good at this now. I'm putting things away because everything in my house has a home, or I don't buy junk or receive junk that will clutter up the house. Something to think about!!!!
I know that Cathie dealt with everything on that coffee table - she didn't just put it on the dining room table. Right, Cathie????
On that note, I'm out of here!!!!
Have a super day!!!!