The day has finally arrived when I have to clean out and declutter the sewing room. It was sort of a chain reaction after we finally got new shelving for the overflow of books in the living room. We got the idea of moving the old shelves into the sewing room and in order to do that we had to take out everything on that side of the room. I knew I had a lot of stuff, but it really hits you when you have to move it all. We got the shelves put up on Saturday, and since then I have been going through all the boxes and bins full of fabric, patterns, and all the other craft materials that have accumulated over the last 30-something years. Luckily there is a thrift store in the next county that only deals in craft supplies, so we had a place to take all the things I realize I will never get around to using.
This morning I had 17 boxes to go through, and tonight there are only 8 left. I had file cabinets full of clippings and lesson plans from my year as a teacher (and that was 40 years ago), so that is all now on its way to be recycled, and the file cabinets are gone, too. Once the extra stuff is gone, you don’t miss it at all, I find. It is nice to be organized, and it helps you be creative.
As soon as this is all over, I am going to start making some cotton shirts for my husband. One of his clients is a local organization to promote beekeeping, and one of the women gave him a cotton shirt with a bee print that she made as a thank you for all his help. He loves wearing cotton, and he wears the bee shirt so much that I decided to make him some shirts. I’ll have to take him shopping for some fun prints as soon as I get the pattern fitted. Luckily, during the big sewing room turnover, I found some truly ugly cotton fabric that will be useful as a muslin (though not a wearable one). He wants short sleeved, one-pocket, straight-bottomed shirts with side vents. But first, 8 boxes full of stuff are calling my name.