Friday, November 14, 2014

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 14, plus Sewing

Welcome to my 30 Minutes for 30 Days series!  If you are joining me for the first time, you can find out how this all got started HERE.  You can read all the 30 for 30 posts HERE.

You know that closet in my bedroom?  IT WHOOPED MY ASTERISK.  I’m still not done, but I’m done enough to say I’m done for the day.  When I am done-done, I’ll post some pictures.

For The Minimalist Game, I am getting rid of:

  1. A strainer thingie.
  2. A set of bed sheets.
  3. An inflatable exercise ball.
  4. 19 pairs of socks.  What was a bagful of perfectly good socks doing in that closet???
  5. Two flannel-backed vinyl Valentine’s Day tablecloths.
  6. Three flannel-backed vinyl St. Patrick’s Day tablecloths.
  7. Four flannel-backed vinyl Easter tablecloths.
  8. One flannel-backed vinyl Autumn leaves tablecloth.
  9. Four brand new, still in the package, flannel-backed vinyl Christmas tablecloths.  I KNOW.  DON’T YELL AT ME.
  10. Three random insulated bags.
  11. Four workout tops.
  12. More papers shredded and in the composter.
  13. One gift item that has gone unused.
  14. Another gift item that has gone unused.

The more I get rid of, the harder it is to get a good picture of it all.  Seen here are the insulated bags, exercise ball in the original box, strainer thingie, stack of workout shirts, set of bed sheets, bag of socks, box of tablecloths.

Not pictured are the gift items, to protect the innocent, AKA me.


...of which today there were more than 48 discrete items plus a bunch of shredded paper (or 67 if you count each sock individually).  To date I have removed at least 506 individual items from my home.


Woohoo!  Two whole weeks of decluttering, cleaning, sorting, and organizing!    And here’s one thing that all that work has made possible:  in the process of sorting through some bags, I found the last scrap of fabric from a 3-yard piece I bought many years ago.  This was one of those pieces of fabric from the discount table that I thought would make a pretty dress.  It was coarse and rough to the touch, but I loved it so I told myself that it would soften up in the wash.  It didn't.  But it was perfect for home dec projects.  I have used this fabric to make place mats and gift bags, and today I was able to squeeze out a teapot cozy and a table runner with the last bit of this fabric.

I really love this.

The real victory here is that because of all the decluttering and organizing, I was able to just stroll into the art room, find my tools and supplies without a hunt, set up my sewing machine, and make these little pretties in about an hour.

That is my gift to myself, one that I earned 30 minutes at a time.

It's your turn. Go do this for yourself.  You deserve it too.

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