Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Clutter's Last Stand - Book

  1. #1
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,416
    Clutter's Last Stand by Don Aslett is a great book for helping one recognize and deal with one's clutter/stuff (among others available)

    What I like about this particular one - the sections are short - the illustrations are funny - and he makes getting rid of unwanted/unneeded stuff into a virtue!

    There comes a time when too much of anything becomes a burden - and no longer a pleasure.

    And much as I hate to admit it, sewing supplies and fabrics are in that category for me.

  2. #2
    Super Member crafty_linda_b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Where the deer & antilope play and the eagles soar
    Posts
    1,573
    Bearisgray I can totally relate to this. My DH told me the other day I am bordering on being a "hoarder" I hate to admit it but he's right. I need to make a vow to NOT buy any more fabric, patterns or tools until I clean out some of what I have. I am thinking of packing up alot of my extra fabrics and donating it to the project Linus group that meets at my LQS. That way I know it will benefit some deserving child. Then I need to concentrate on my UFO projects that need to be completed!! Would someone PLEASE get a cattle prod out and give me a blast in my backside to get me moooovin' *LOL*
    crafty_linda_b

  3. #3
    Super Member TonnieLoree's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    La Grande, OR
    Posts
    2,458
    Perhaps this should be on a required reading list before anyone decides to become a quilter?

  4. #4
    bj
    bj is offline
    Super Member bj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ft. Worth, Texas
    Posts
    3,559
    The trick for me was moving from a 5 bedroom house, to a 3 bedroom townhouse to a 2 bedroom patio home in 3 years. That'll force you to rethink what's important and not so much. By the third move, my clothes almost didn't make the cut! I learned a whole new meaning for the word brutal. :-D :-D

  5. #5
    Super Member butterflies5518's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    4,032
    A co-worker mentioned she is going clothes shopping for the best deals and all I could think about was fabric at my LQS on sale for 30% off tomorrow!

  6. #6
    Power Poster Mousie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    17,211
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Clutter's Last Stand by Don Aslett is a great book for helping one recognize and deal with one's clutter/stuff (among others available)

    What I like about this particular one - the sections are short - the illustrations are funny - and he makes getting rid of unwanted/unneeded stuff into a virtue!

    There comes a time when too much of anything becomes a burden - and no longer a pleasure.

    And much as I hate to admit it, sewing supplies and fabrics are in that category for me.
    ohh, how interesting...I think I have one of his books.
    I'll have to come back to this, later. thanks!!!

  7. #7
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thank you for sharing this book with us :D:D:D

  8. #8
    Senior Member Robinlee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    On the plains of the Dakota's
    Posts
    792
    I have all three of his books dealing with clutter to cleaning. Read them in the late 80's early 90's.

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,416
    It's one of the few books that I find I NEED to read every few years.

    It has been around for a while - my Mom gave me a copy when it first came out -

    Mom, were you trying to tell me something then?

  10. #10
    Senior Member luvnquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Junction City, OR
    Posts
    481
    Blog Entries
    1
    What an appropriate topic for me to read right now, I was just organizing my "office" where I keep my stuff for sewing (garments and quilts), scrapbooking, ancestry and spare bedroom all in one. I lost the bed somewhere under a bunch of piles after we had a garage sale this summer. I just found it again, but still have to locate the desk LOL. It's tough to let go of things we might use "someday", but I've decided I'm more productive and less stressed if I'm not overwhelmed with possessions and projects. Good luck on your clutter control!

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Merced, CA
    Posts
    4,230
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm still working with Flylady, and I agree, it IS hard to get rid of
    stuff you "might need one day", especially when you were raised in the depression. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. And do not throw away anything that can be used again.

    It's hard with today's buy it, use it and then toss it mentality.

  12. #12
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,416
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I'm still working with Flylady, and I agree, it IS hard to get rid of
    stuff you "might need one day", especially when you were raised in the depression. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. And do not throw away anything that can be used again.

    It's hard with today's buy it, use it and then toss it mentality.
    I come from a line of people that saved any and all plastic - bags, jugs, cartons - any and all glass - can always put jelly or jam in it - all the old twine from the bales - could tie up plants with it - or something - about a foot of newspapers - always good for packing something - old metal coffee cans - cut the buttons and zippers out of totally worn out garments

    My step-dad even saved old USED oil filters - I have no idea what for - maybe to keep track of how many times he changed oil? bent nails -

    My grandma saved all the old sturdy dog food bags and put kindling in them.

    It is HARD to put some of that stuff in either the trash or recycling!

    We were allowed burning barrels - way back then - but very little was actually burned.

    Oh, yes - the table scraps and vegetable peelings either went to the pigs or to composting.

  13. #13
    Power Poster Mousie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    17,211
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I'm still working with Flylady, and I agree, it IS hard to get rid of
    stuff you "might need one day", especially when you were raised in the depression. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. And do not throw away anything that can be used again.

    It's hard with today's buy it, use it and then toss it mentality.
    I come from a line of people that saved any and all plastic - bags, jugs, cartons - any and all glass - can always put jelly or jam in it - all the old twine from the bales - could tie up plants with it - or something - about a foot of newspapers - always good for packing something - old metal coffee cans - cut the buttons and zippers out of totally worn out garments

    My step-dad even saved old USED oil filters - I have no idea what for - maybe to keep track of how many times he changed oil? bent nails -

    My grandma saved all the old sturdy dog food bags and put kindling in them.

    It is HARD to put some of that stuff in either the trash or recycling!

    We were allowed burning barrels - way back then - but very little was actually burned.

    Oh, yes - the table scraps and vegetable peelings either went to the pigs or to composting.
    oh yes...I come from a long line of "savers", but most on mom's side, used that stuff,
    ...my dad's side? the savers - saved!
    Me?...somewhere in the middle, of course! ;)
    I do used saved stuff and glad of it, but I tend to keep far too many boxes, bags, ice cream buckets, plastic containers, mailers for remailing...yada, yada, yada.
    Got some of those space bags yesterday. The medium sized ones, bc I didn't want to spend too much and then find out I wasn't happy with they way they function.
    Do you/anybody? think it would mess up fabric?
    I'll try these on blankets, etc.
    Got a real cleaning, donating spree on the horizon as soon as my dd gets out of hospital and can care for wee ones. ;-)

  14. #14
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    Other then my quilting stash and DH's hobby stash, I don't have stored clutter. My girls didn't want the passed down china I had with all the fancy serving bowls or the fancy stemmed glassware. We seldom use it as it had to be handwashed and no one wanted to wash dishes. I certainly didn't. I donated all that to Salvation Army and have never missed it. It was old and nice but didn't suit our needs as it did my grandmother and great aunts. My cousin gave it all to me when I married to get it out of her house. LOL

  15. #15
    Super Member redkimba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    1,725
    I might see if my library has this book. The biggest thing that gave me the push to really clean out my house was the show "Hoarders" (on A&E). That really made me take a look at everything to see what I needed to keep or make go away.

    I've been clearing out over the last year; I feel so much better now than when I started. :)

    Still working on the fabric issue, BUT one thing at a time. :)

  16. #16
    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    5,895
    another thing to think about, to get you going, is to imagine your heirs having to deal with all your stuff after you pass, rolling their eyes and saying, "what was she thinking?"

    Also, say to yourself, what is the worst that could happen if I get rid of this? usually the answer is not that bad, you might have to buy a new whatever.

  17. #17
    Super Member Greenheron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Beautiful Briery Mountain in WV
    Posts
    2,619
    I agree about the 'heirs' thing.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.