Last Friday the UPS man paid my house a visit and left behind a box. A big box. From KnitPicks. My husband rolled his eyes. “What did you buy this time?”
So, the books and magazines were rounded up from several places, including the living room, and placed on the shelves to await reorganization. The boxes of electronic junk and tools got hauled out of this room and into my husband’s office so he can finally sort through it (like he’s been telling me he will do for a WHOLE YEAR! But I digress.). Various plastic boxes of gift wrap, miscellaneous household items, and just plain trash were pulled out from under the table and examined for any potential treasures and/or useful items. Anything that was old, wrinkled, soiled, torn, broken, or just plain ugly was pitched.
Then the magazines and books were removed from the shelves, sorted and organized, and reshelved. The crochet thread was gathered from its various resting places and placed into a couple of large baskets. The WIPs that were lying all over the tables were gathered into one bin. The yarn bins were moved from the top of the craft tables. The tables were pulled away from the wall and set so they could actually serve the purpose for which I bought them: a bona fide work surface. The sewing machine was set up, the blocking squares were laid out, the steamer was re-assembled, the swift and ballwinder found a new home on a small folding table. Omigosh! I think I found a craft room!
All is not yet complete…my desk area is still pretty sad.
I need some display shelves to hang on the wall between the doors to show off the collectible figurines currently hiding among the desk clutter. A big rug for the middle of the floor would be nice. More magazine cases are a necessity. I also intend to frame a couple of my grandmother’s doilies as art pieces for the large wall above the ironing board.
Eventually, I’d like to install one of those Murphy beds with storage and a drop down table so the craft tables can be removed and the room can double as a guest room when necessary.
Oh, and just so you all can see OCD in action…take a look at the pincushion. In the midst of all this decluttering and rearranging, I managed to find time to group all of the straight pins by color.