Progress in my sewing/craft area.
Some of the items decluttered over the past 2 weeks:
- Took a tissue box full of flattened/folded plastic shopping bags to the library where patrons ask for them on rainy days. I can fit 40 or so bags into a standard size tissue box. That's a reasonable number to save for a specific purpose, and I only save bags that are very clean for the library.
- Delivered 5 or 6 plastic bags full of plastic bags to a local drop point for recycling them (not allowed in our curbside bin). I accumulated them some years ago when I learned about cutting them into strips for "plarn" to crochet. I remember my grandmother crocheting kitchen rugs from strips of plastic bread bags. I made a tote bag several years ago for a theater prop, and I'm halfway through crocheting a sleeping mat. I don't think I'll make anything else from plarn as it is not very practical, so I'm ditching the rest of the bags.
- Emptied several boxes of craft supplies just by combining similar items into containers from previous efforts
- Took a large bag full of fabric out to the car to deliver to the sewing group's freebie table on Saturday. *\o/*
2 large bags of trash and a box of recycling that included:
- 2 styrofoam wig heads that I thought I would use to display vintage hats, but the person who gave me the heads had painted them and over time the paint began flaking off, which would ruin the hats
- a few theater costumes not worth repairing
- large stack of craft papers I'll never get around to using
- 2 needlecraft books - text directions with very few illustrations, hard to understand
- several sewing patterns, very dated styles in small sizes
- vintage fur hand muff that had shed its fur
- 4 boxes were mostly fabric scraps (I well remember those days of needing to keep the scraps, and I'm grateful that I don't need to do that any more.)
I will be able to get rid of a lot more on a 2nd pass through, after I see how much is really there. For now it's just really helpful to condense the boxes and get them up off the floor onto shelves.
I tried to vacuum the floor in there yesterday but I had forgotten that the outlets in that room are the old 2-prong style and my vacuum needs 3. I know I ran into an adapter plug somewhere this summer and I should have been able to find it in the misc. junk drawer in the kitchen. (Doesn't everyone have one of those?
) It isn't there. I hope I didn't throw it away.