Starting with item 73 - more stuff is going out - and faster than I thought it would. I might make my goal of 1484 items de-cluttered or downsized by the end of the year. That's only 124 items a month - I think I can do that.
And along with de-cluttering, I have some photos of some lovely things in our home - enjoy. Items with blue text are NOT being de-cluttered or downsized - they are just fun to look at.
|A one piece wooden bowl, hand carved - a gift for my birthday one year. It is almost always full of apples - this is Washington after all|
73-78 - Six catalogs to the recycling. Why do they send catalog after catalog when I've only ever ordered online?
79 - Five tiny pieces of soap melted down and poured into a mold to make one bar of soap
A little more de-cluttering in the studio - I took everything out of the pen/pencil/magic marker/paintbrush/crochet hook carousel (like you'd use on an office desk for pens and supplies. I tested every single pen and magic marker - no ink - out they go. Sorted everything into the little spaces according to type - pens together, pencils together, crochet hooks in one space - annnnnnd - I discovered that I have TWELVE seam rippers - well, 12 in the carousel anyway, some came with sewing machines, some were gifts, some I have no idea where I got them, because I know I don't buy seam rippers. I will sort through them and keep only a couple - and of course I'll keep the one from 8th grade Home Ec - it wouldn't cut hot butter, but it has been with me so long I can't part with it now.
80-118 - 38 items tossed out of the carousel
|More from Don's den. He collects vintage baseball gloves, and that is a vintage catcher's mask in there too. He entered a display of his gloves in the NW WA Fair one year and won two impressive Blue Ribbons.|
119 - Printer box recycled - printer is over a year old - I don't keep the boxes longer than that, usually not that long.
|"New" china hutch - especially for teacups and teapots. We found this at a church rummage sale for 20.00 - it just had to come home with us. There are more shelves above and doors below with shelves inside the doors - lots of space for 20.00.|
OK - that's enough in the studio - for now - let's head over to the linen closet in the master bathroom - there MUST be something in there to get rid of - surely I can find a thing or two.
120 - 158 - THIRTY-NINE items to Goodwill, I knew I'd find something in there to get rid of. If I haven't used it in a year - out it went - someone else can use it now.
|Some little wooden apples that I painted a few years back - they hang on the side of a cupboard in the kitchen|
159-163 - I threw out many things from the linen closet, just clutter is seems, - but I'll give myself credit for 5 - that seems fair, because any more would seem like cheating. Well, it would.
|Another china cabinet - this one is for my grandmother's Desert Rose dishes that I inherited in the 1980s|
164-167 - some tidying up - I emptied one laundry basket, 2 tupperware storage pieces and 1 double boot box plastic storage box that were storing items in the linen closet and are no longer needed ( the double boot box will be good to use in the studio, more organizing)
|Some summer roses from my deck garden on my 1898 piano|
168-170 - tidied up and cleaned out the three drawers in my bedside table.
|Vintage Pyrex mixing bowls - these sit on the counter and are in constant use. I saw an old ad the other day - they originally sold for 3.49 for the entire set, and were on special for 2.97 a set.|
You'd think with all this de-cluttering there would be a big difference in how the house looks - but it seems that most of my de-cluttering is going on in closets and drawers - but if you come over, feel free to open closets and drawers and have a peek - nice and tidy
|Al little wooden divided box - with wood and metal handles - some small vases and vintage bottles in the box, and to the right , an abalone shell filled with Sand Dollars. In the summer I like to fill each bottle or tiny vase with a few flowers.|
171-180 - hung up the tablecloths instead of folding them on shelves. They won't wrinkle so much and there was space in my closet after I sorted through it last week - now the tablecloths are where I can see all of them better too.
|Lots of fun things go on in our kitchen|
I'm up to 45 days - clear through February 11. That feels good.
|Canada Goose towel rack - another yard sale treasure|
I think I'll take a few days off - have some tea and Lemon Poppy Seed Bread from the freezer - leftover from Christmas - hey, does that count as de-cluttering? I'm on a mission.
The teakettle in the front whistles when the water is boiling - the one in the back makes the sound of a train whistle. Vintage jadeite Salt and Pepper - and a copper spoon rest from my cousin Linda.
I'll be back - with more de-cluttering and downsizing - just you wait and see. Goodbye till then, have a cup of tea and relax a bit and enjoy the day!