Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cleaning House

While spring is still several weeks away, I've been getting the itch to do a little spring cleaning.
Not just tidying up and organizing (though that is sadly need and will be done), but cleaning out things I don't need and just generally simplifying my life - in all aspects. It's part of the reason I left Job #2 - I was just starting to feel overwhelmed.

Dave an I have already done it with our diets - there is very little processed food left in the house - mostly canned goods, cereal and crackers.

I do it frequently with my closet - two or three times a year, I clean it out and ship what I'm not wearing off to my best friend. It's kinda sad that I can do that and never run out of clothes. I love to shop, especially for clothes and shoes. I've been really good and haven't bought a new pair of shoes since I bought my big girl shoes. I'm going to try to do the same thing with clothes. When you can go two months without doing a load of laundry (yes.. I can - yes... I have) - you probably don't need any new clothes.

I want to go through the entire house and get rid of the clutter - anything we don't use/need - I want it gone.

And lucky for you knitters... that means yarn too.

Yesterday I went through my stash. I filled up two garbage bags (yes, Sam...TWO garbage bags...) full of acrylic yarn I am just never going to use. Sam and her sister are going to go through it and whatever is left I'll probably donate to a seniors' centre. Most of it was from my grandmother and great aunt. My intention was to use it to make baby stuff and afghans... but I just really don't enjoy knitting with it... and if you're not enjoying knitting... what's the point?

I've also put several more luxurious knitting items up on my destash on Ravelry. There's some Debbie Bliss, Rowan and more. Please take a look and if there is anything you're interested in - let me know!

All items are from a smoke free home...

But.... as you know...
... it's not pet-free.


Monika said...

It must be Spring in the air, because that's what I'm doing right now too. I've brought a big garbage bag full of my yarn I don't use to Goodwill. But we need to declutter, since we've not done this in years. It's incredible what we've got and never use!
At Goodwill they are picky too. They take a commode, but no chairs ,and no Christmas stuff. :o)
It feels good to get rid of all the unwanted and unneeded stuff!

TheBlackSheep said...

I just have to laugh at your last words! I have to wash everything I knit and send to people because of the animals (No. 1 knitting recipient is allergic to cats), but I think I'd draw the line at washing whole skeins, especially if they are acrylic skeins.

lexa said...

I've been getting the itch to biff a bunch of junk, too. It's good to do it when the urge strikes cuz then it actually will get done! (I usually have good intentions, but if I don't feel like doing it then I won't!)

Rhonda said...

Somebody's turning into a yarn snob.

Knitting Linguist said...

I love that last picture -- those are some happy cats! I'm a fan of spring cleaning like that, too, although I haven't gotten to do it much. Good for you for getting some clearing out done :)

Amy and The House of Cats said...

I get that way with cleaning too - although it hasn't hit me lately, which stinks because the house really needs it. I love that you did that with your diet - we need to do that here!

And of course I love the kitty picture - kitties are awesome!

I mean, they get in the way of cleaning, but other than that - awesome!

Anonymous said...

The last time I knit with acrylic I got a sliver off it. Boy, was THAT painful until I realized what it was. Once I pulled out the sliver, it was fine, but sheesh --- you shouldn't get splinters of acrylic off your knitting yarn.

I threw out the worst of it and donated the rest.

Samantha said...

Holy carp that's a lot of yarn. I'm going to donate the acrylic stuff I don't like/want that I have in my stash to a seniors home or something too.

zoom said...

I'm feeling the same way - I want more empty space around me.

I love that picture of the three cats.

Jeanne said...

It must be the time of year because I've been decluttering too...now I'm off to look at your destash!