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Phase 3 complete (almost) unfortunately has nothing to do with quilting...

Lately I have been feeling like the walls are closing in on me. Every time I go to get in a closet or drawer to look for something, I have to sift through "stuff" I either haven't used in who knows how long, stuff I have forgotten about, or stuff I don't have a clue why I have. So enough was enough! Phase one was the living room, top to bottom, and the entry closet. (It had turned into extra storage for the shoes that didnt fit in my closet. Thankfully my sister is having a garage sale soon so many of them will find a new closet. Phase 2, laundry room and pantry. Pantry had become a place for boxes for items (mostly irons) that I kept just in case they went bad before the warranty was up. All went to the burn pile! And whatta ya know, I actually have room for food in there now!! Phase 3 didn't go exactly as planned as I am over it for the day. I have a 12 yr old whirlpool tub that I have to literally disassemble to get it REALLY clean, even with my weekly scubs. I have done the manufacturer suggested way of running dishwasher crystals through the jet cycle but it never cleans it as well as when I totally take it apart. Every month when I disassemble it I cuss myself for buying that tub!!!! I reckon when I'm old and gray DH will find me in it trying to clean it! I had planned on cleaning my closet and donating my "yeah right your gonna get back in that size", and the "what the heck was I thinking when I bought this?" to my sisters garage sale but I ran out of steam. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I'm ready to start being creative instead of crazy about cleaning! What the heck is wrong with me?!?!?!...I used to be able to strategically place items in a closet and hurry and shut the door before it all came crashing down and not care about it. Ut oh, am I finally growing up???? 

I hope this finds you all being creative and doing something you love! Have a great week!

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Comment by Roxann on September 16, 2015 at 5:04pm

PQ, the basement will be when I get this floor done. I'm NOT looking forward to it at all! That's hubbys man cave in the winter. Thankfully that's where him and his buddies hang out. I painted it a couple of years ago and he keeps on me about making curtains for the Windows and the walkout door. Maybe this winter. Barb, I am feeling much better and I was trying to remember all the stuff I threw out or put in the garage sale box and I can't remember any of it so that's how important it was. No idea why I kept it. Carol, funny how a non cluttered space takes a little stress away. Janet, I did clean out my sewing room a couple years ago but it needs it again. I sew with a great group of girls once a month and I just either give stuff to them or sometimes we trade. My quilting stuff is way harder to get rid of! lol

Comment by Janet/MO on September 16, 2015 at 8:22am

I have been thinking about doing the same thing.  Must be the cooler weather we have been having.  I am seriously thinking about having a quilter's garage sale as I have lots of stuff I will never get around to making or fabrics I will probably never use so I really need to sell it. 

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on September 15, 2015 at 8:54pm

Such satisfaction in making that much progress!  I need to purge some things too.  Guess we all save things we will never use!

Comment by Barb/WI on September 15, 2015 at 6:04pm

Growing up?  Let's hope not!  That would just put extra pressure on the rest of us!

Seriously, good for you.  Every so often I also have the need to purge, and it feels so good when I'm done.  Don't get me wrong - I am the first to admit I still have too much stuff.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 15, 2015 at 5:34pm

I did the same thing recently in our basement.  Storage cabinets, storage room, closets, shelves, etc.  Reorganization, cleaning, and purging.  I also did the same as you - just open cupboard doors to see how tidy everything is.  It feels good!  It took me two weeks, so don't think you have to do it all in one day...it'll make me look bad!  :D  

Comment by Roxann on September 15, 2015 at 2:26pm

I can't tell you how nice it is to open a closet and what I'm looking for is right there! I even open them just to see how clean they are!!! LOL I have no idea why I keep things like I do, but I'm pretty sure I will think twice about the next thing I try to tuck away for a just in case moment!

Comment by Pam/NY on September 15, 2015 at 12:59pm

I went through my house and attic four years ago and anything that we had not used went to my friends kids who are buying first houses. I kept Christmas stuff and suitcases, but nothing else is allowed in the attic. We go through our clothes every year and out they go if we didn't wear them. I think twice about what I buy (except for the grandsons, they're only little once...lol). It is so nice to have that done. Not that we are ready to kick, but don't want our son stuck with the job. Both boys have special boxes that I put family keepsakes in. I call them...their wedding boxes.

Good luck finishing...it's a great feeling to let go of stuff!

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