Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tidying Up - Knitting Needles

After a weekend of purging knitting books, magazines, yarn, and other notions, I was dragging my feet over diving back in and purging my knitting needles. I forced myself to do it, and a two-hour session (maybe less) yielded great results.

Additionally, I decided to purge my yarn winder, yarn swift, and... my entire yarn stash!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tidying Up - Knitting Items

I knew this was not going to be an easy task. Thankfully, I do not have the huge stash that many knitters do. Of course, that didn't stop me from discovering that I owned five tape measures for measuring gauge.

I devoted roughly six hours of my weekend to the task of sorting, organizing, and streamlining my knitting stash -- notions, buttons, yarn, books, patterns, etc. I managed to organize all of my knitting needles, but I still need to de-clutter a huge box of circular and straight knitting needles. Oh, did I mention that I own -- in addition to the bin of needles shown below -- two sets of interchangeable needles?



Needles to be sorted

The complete insanity captured on video!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tidying Up - Craft Items & Stationery

John and I are settling into our new house and the changes moving has brought -- new routines, new commutes, etc. For the past two weeks, we focused on unpacking and space planning. We still need living room and dining room furniture, but with the President's Day sales looming, we decided to wait.

Moving kicked my arse, and my desire to pursue The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up wilted. I knew I needed to get back to it, so this week, I committed to a small category of komono: the craft items and stationery lurking in and around my desk.

The entire affair took less than an hour, and it yielded good results. I still have a small abundance of Sharpies and pens, but progress was made!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Moving Update #1

It's been a little over a week since we officially moved into the new house, and we are slowly settling in and setting up. We are making our house a home, and this is a brief update.

Everything we own is at the house, but we need to buy living room and dining room furniture. We are evaluating what we need and how pieces will fit into the house for maximum flow.

While the moving is over, the purging is not! There is more Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to be done.

After tackling my clothing, my books, and my papers, I tackled what the author calls komono (miscellany). Before the move, I sorted, donated, and sold CDs and DVDs. I also sorted through my bath & beauty products. In the final weeks of packing and moving, I abandoned tidying up. This week, I will start fresh: craft komono.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Moving House

John and I moved house this month. In spite of our lifestyle and efforts to reduce our possessions, the process was still difficult. For some, parting with possessions and/or moving is emotionally trying, but for me, these processes are physically difficult.

We had sold our dining room set and other items in anticipation of an aborted move last March.
We packed a three-bedroom townhouse ourselves.
We moved over the course of 2-3 days, using our cars and a 10' moving truck.
We needed three car trips and two van trips to move everything.