In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Still pitiful

There will be no picture on this blog because there has been no significant progress made on any needlework since the last posting.

Instead of needlework, I spent a good chunk of the week-end digging in one corner of our junk . . . uh . . . storage room. It was originally going to be my sewing room but then it turned into a room where everything we didn't know what else to do with was put. My dead sewing machine is still on the other side of the room and getting to it has turned into a full-on obstacle course. As I am large and lovely and no longer capable of hippity-hopping over impediments, something had to be done. So I started at the corner closest to the door and I am happy to say that the back of my car is currently full of items that will be donated this week.

I have barely made a dent.

We have lived here for 20 years and, from the looks of things, we have never disposed of anything in all those 20 years.  As we have been talking about downsizing--or at least moving to something on one floor since neither of us has knees that need to go up and down stairs--it is time to spend some time determining if these treasures we've held onto are really treasures.

I just hope it doesn't take me 20 years to do it.


  1. As a collector married to a minimalist, I feel your pain. I commented last month that I needed to work on my closet. One of my employees remarked that I had done that last year. Well, yes, but your point is...?

  2. I just found your blog and love it!! Had to comment -- we moved out of our acreage last year after 20 years of living there. We didn't have a storage room -- we had a storage BARN! LOL! Our home sold after 3 years on the market and we had 30 days to get out. And 30 days it took us... it wasn't pretty. One huge dumpster, 221 bags/boxes donated to Goodwill and two truckloads of furniture given to friends. I vowed at that time that I will never never never hold onto anything again that we did not need! (Of course now I am sorry I tossed some things... ha!)

  3. Ann ... I am in the same predicament as you. The sad thing is, we have moved around a lot & each time we get rid of a bunch of things but then somehow end up with even more at the new residence! We have lived here a little over 3 years now & my sewing room looks like a big catch-all as well! We keep talking about downsizing ... & it IS going to happen. It's just a question of when.

  4. PR&SPRs Unite! [the acronym stands for Pack Rats and Spouses of Pack Rats] I am so glad I am not alone: the boys old bedroom has become a dumping ground for the detritus of 40 years of married life. But I have vowed to work on it this Fall since there is a chance that my youngest son may need the space when his lease expires in February. Rentals are terribly expensive hereabouts and he may have to transition back home while he searches for something suitable.