The house is trashed. Who am I kidding, it's always trashed. It seems like the to-do list is a never ending game of domino's where one task has to be completed before another and so on and so on. Recently, though, I've been hoping to get kiddo2 into the bedroom upstairs. It's not going well...why?? Because of the domino's.
This week, I've decided that enough is enough...I need to get her in that bedroom. To do that - I must address the mess. One of the main offenders in this house is "craft crap". The huge down side to being a creative soul is the amount of junk you hang on to because you could do something cool with it later. As a result, I have a TON of yarn, fabric, cross stitch stuff, card making stuff, cake decorating stuff...the list goes on and on and on. Well - no more!
Yesterday I tackled a project that wasn't technically on my to-do list. I hit the closet at the end of the hall. It's where my sewing stuff (some of it anyway) has been stored for ages, along with a few random toy items and my cross stitch stuff. Well...I asked kiddo2 to empty a couple shelves in her bedroom under the stairs (she doesn't really use it anyway) and that's where I will move my sewing stuff for now. As a result - the closet was emptied. I painted the inside (Heaven help me if anyone ever inspects the quality of the crack filling in this closet - it's horrible!!) But - I painted it anyway. Then - I put the shelves back in - put pretty trim on the front of each shelf, painted the trim and used silicone to keep the shelves in place. Then - I caulked all around them to make them pretty. :) This morning, I went through my yarn stash - I cut it in half - easily! The half I'm no keeping is going to a friend of mine (a fellow yarn hoarder), but I'm happy to enable such a fine addiction. :) The other half is sorted neatly into the closet - AND - I even left some free space for "growth" or other projects that I might start...or simply a space to toss the rest of my crochet junk that I haven't found yet! lol
*note* Before any fellow "Fiber Freaks" gasp that there is a litter box in the bottom of my yarn closet - I know what you are thinking. Let me point out, though, that all my yarn is in ziplock bags...AND...said litter box is kept ruthlessly tidy (cuz frankly - nobody can stand the Ninja-Cat when his box aint tidy). lol Plus - it's temporary. Once the rest of the domino's fall into place - it will be moved to a different part of the house. :)
This is where the domino's start to work in my favor. By putting all my yarn in the closet (and getting rid of half) I've freed up the space that it was taking up in the pantry. (Hubby tossed it there out of desperation since he didn't know where else to put it). It also frees up a good chunk of space in the downstairs closet! Yay!! So - now - the rest of the craft crap that has to come out of the upstairs room has a place to go - I can organize the other closet, finish the pantry etc. No more waiting on domino's! I also know that the key to this working is that I have to continue to down size to at least half of everything. I've been working away at that over time - but I'm finally able to move forward, somewhat synchronized with my dominos!