Bags and bags of no longer useful items have made their way into the trash. Piles have been made of items to donate and items to sell. There is progress...slowly. It's hard work decluttering and my body can only handle short sessions. Besides who wants to tackle 25 years of crap and have little time for anything else? I don't want to kill the motivation to clean up this mess, must keep the it alive and well. This is, however, organized chaos. If you asked me for a particular thread I could find it for you in a flash. I might have to move something to get to the right bin, but I could still do it. As of this morning two sections of the closet pictured have been organized and decluttered...2 sections to go.
All this 'stuff' is my needlework history. For years I studied needlepoint by traveling to seminars, bringing teachers to local guilds, taking cyber and correspondence classes, too. I was passionate and totally immersed. It was easy for me and fun to do. One of my teachers thought it was too easy for me and talked me into studying Japanese Embroidery. All the tool, threads, fabrics and such, were collected for both passions in abundance. For about 10 years I stitched and studied, and then my back started to hurt. It was too painful to bend over a needlework frame. At about the same time I found counted thread. It used a frame in which I could sit upright to work. I fell in love with school girl samplers and started a new passion and accumulation.
What is the motivation for all this accumulation in the first place? As I look back at my past needlework life I know it was love of the project and fear that I may never have the chance to buy it again. Fear that I might not, at some point, be able to afford to buy what I wanted. Perhaps you could also say there was too much love and I bought everything, far more than I could ever stitch. Being reasonable about what I can do, and will do, does help in divesting and decluttering the piles. Tell the truth...now that's the way to look at thing.
The motivation here is not to gain more room for yarn and fiber. The motivation is to enjoy a clean surface, to have a floor where I can walk without tripping over a pile of 'stuff'. It's about being able to open the closet and find, without moving a thing, the thread I want. This process is about being happy with what I already have and not 'needing or wanting' any thing more. It is about simplicity and the ability to enjoy the process of simplifying my life. Success breeds success, so perhaps my progress will build the motivation to keep things simple.
Yes La, this is a shameless way to get people to comment, but I have met several new people who read my blog and found a few new blogs to read, too. Thank you for commenting eveyone and just so you know, today may be the day the Shimmer yarn is given away. Comment on!
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