Renovating and decluttering
Although not so much the blog but my sewing room! We have had builders in the house since last month, and for the last two and a half weeks we have had to move out - I've been putting up with the dust fairly well until now, but no electricity and no plumbing was to much for me! We've been very lucky with friends and family putting us up, but I'm dying to get back to my own home soon.
As a result of the renovations we have been living out of one red sports bag, which has made me realise just how much stuff I have, and how little of it I need. I can feel a declutter coming on when I get back to the house, and there is nothing I like better than a clear out. Although I do seem to be endlessly clearing out, so maybe I'm not as good at it as I think!?!
Over Christmas one of my friends asked how I had room in my wardrobe for all the clothes I make? I think regular decluttering is the answer, and I do periodically have clear outs of my wardrobe. Interestingly, this month in their Wardrobe Architect series, Coletterie have been asking people to talk about their biggest wardrobe planning dilemma, and it seems that clearing out unloved/badly fitting clothes is a problem for many. I feel this is not such an issue for me, and I certainly have thrown out lots of garments I've made myself, although there are some old favourites I can't bear to part with, even though I know I won't be wearing them again. It tends to be not so much a fit issue with me that causes me to throw things out but more because I'm unhappy with the construction, or because it's just not my style any more. On the other hand there are somethings I've made which I've been holding on to for years. Last night I found a pair of PJs I made years ago in a cupboard at the boyfriend's parents house - I was so happy, I thought I'd lost them. (They have astronaut teddies on them, and are fleeced lined making them the most cosy PJs ever!)
While reading through the comments on the Coletterie post I came across a reference to Marie Kondo's the life changing magic of tidying up. I couldn't resist, and a copy is even now winging its way towards me. Once I get back into my house, and all the decorating is done, it will be beautifully clutter free! As long as I can learn to resist those charity shop bargains.
Sorry this has been a rather wordy post, but with the current restraints on my crafting I've not too much else to talk about :-)