Friday, November 02, 2007

Decluttering as Avoidance

How annoying can one little project be?

I fixed the fusible faux pas on the Weekender handle straps, and sewed two of them.

And stopped. I was suddenly struck by an inexplicable, irresistible urge to Organize the Attic.

Now, I've done a bit of work on it earlier...the end where my fabric is stashed is in pretty good shape. But the rest...well, I have a couple of pack rat children who have stashed boxes of miscellaneous hastily packed stuff in there, to the point that some things that need to go in the attic can't get in there. And those items are blocking the whole 'clean the house and make it look pretty' strategy. I'd been grumbling about it under my breath for, well, a really long time and yesterday something snapped and I started cleaning/organizing/sorting.

So far, I've got 4 grocery bags for Donations and I've carried a trash bag full of trash down. And that's just a start.

Older DD is already complaining about stuff of hers that I'm pulling out of the attic. Sorry. I'm determined to get that back into some sort of useable condition, and she's had LOTS of warning that she needs to take care of it.

So I'm cleaning while the cleaning anointing is on me; I'm not going anywhere at all today, so I should be able to get some reasonable progress made.

Hopefully I'll work off some of the annoyance of making the same thing again out of rather contrary fabric and be ready to jump back into it in a day or two.


  1. Yes, I do this too! Especially over alterations that I know won't be fun. It's sad when cleaning the bathroom is more tempting than a current project.

  2. I find that if I can make myself sew one little bit of a dreaded project, I can finish. Enjoy the clean attic!

  3. I did one little bit...I sewed two straps! LOL

    And my bathrooms do need day at home was not to be. Transportation issues have had/will have me playing taxi today after all.


  4. Good luck! Cleaning an attic is a HUGE task! I decided that each time I go up into mine, I'm going to try to either bring down a bag of trash or a bag of clothes to donate. I seem to go up a lot these days, either exchanging holiday decorations or clothes. I figure if I do a little at a time, I'll have it down to a minor chaos when we move into a smaller home (we're retiring) in two years.
    As far as sewing...everything you do is a step forward. I cut apart a pattern today and I cut out a top for myself. No great progress, but progress nonetheless!