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    Thank you. I’m on the tail end of things. The last two weeks have been slow. My daughter has a nasty virus and I’m battling fatigue. I’ve avoided getting sick but my body is expending energy keeping the germs at bay. Nevertheless, I’m pressing forward.

    I picked up some storage bins for the refrigerator and several lazy susans. They’ll come in handy for the pantry and craft items. I have lots! I finally counted the mountain of change I’ve amassed. It came to $167 and I’m treating myself to lightfast colored pencils for sketching.

    The sewing area is clear. I’m adding more storage items this week. And I have an idea of the cutting cart I want. I’m debating whether I’ll use an Ikea hack or build it myself. I start woodworking class in one week. The sewing class is underway.

    I’d like a glass drafting desk. But I don’t know if its feasible for crafting. I have 2 scrapbooking machines. And I’m uncertain if I’ll be comfortable sewing on the cutting table or prefer a desk.

    On an unrelated note I’m enjoying white lilies from the farmers market. The aroma is lovely and the heads are huge and heavy! Overall, I feel more relaxed and I’m considering other projects I can undertake. I’m not a neat freak. But I love beautiful spaces. I’ll upend a room to increase the aesthetic appeal. My body pays the price later on.

    How are you progressing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Rob, so do you and DH stay right beside your decluttering team each day for 6 hours, telling them what to keep/not keep? That sounds exhausting. Liberating, but exhausting. Or, will they take a couple hours just emptying room and then you join them in the sorting process? Will you each be working with 2 on the team, tackling a certain area, or both together with the 4-person team? I'm curious how the logisitics work and how you stay focused. I am mentally good for 1.5 -2 hours at a time, and then I start feeling cranky, tired, and have a tendency to just want to either make tidy piles (rather than purge) or feel careless (Just throw it all away!). LOL
    Zozee- the plan was for them to empty the room(s) and sort like with like, then we look through and decide what to keep, donate and toss. Then they help us put everything back. We were supposed to start that process tomorrow, but had to postpone (to late July or maybe August) because life (and the death of a dear old friend) got in the way.

    I've been slowly implementing some of the suggestions they made in the plan they sent to us after our initial meeting and am liking what I see so far. Even some of the very basic organizing things they suggested have helped with the studio spaces - even though we will have to wait for help to do the more ambitious studio reorganization they suggested. But I have to admit that I was starting to have some of the same questions you asked about stamina, focus, etc. when contemplating two 6 hour days with 4 organizers-- The organizers are all considerably younger than DH and me LOL.

    I've been working a little at a time on the rest of the house and have gotten the downstairs hallway, front parlor, both bathrooms and our bedroom into pretty good shape.- Using FlyLady's 15 minute declutter techniques seems to work well for me. I have also been doing her baby steps and started a quick dust/vacuum and some zone cleaning as things become more manageable. This week I'm working in the dining room - going counterclockwise around the room decluttering a specific area and cleaning it before putting things that stay back in place. I did this last week in the front room in 15 minute bursts and even though it took all week to get the room into shape, I ended up enjoying myself while doing it rather than feeling overwhelmed and exhausted when it was done. My goal is to get the dining room done by Monday of next week and then work on the tv room- that will leave only the 3 studio spaces and the upstairs hall (which is serving as a staging area for me to put things from upstairs that are donate-able).

    SusieQOH-good job!

    Glad to hear it's going well SarahBethie and I hope you and your daughter are feeling better now.

    I hope everyone is doing well and remembering to pace themselves- it took a while to get unorganized/cluttered and will take a while to get re-organized and decluttered! Also, not everyone (myself included) wants to go the whole Marie Kondo route and that's ok, too.

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    Thanks Rob.

    Things are beginning to pick up steam. The pantry is replenished and I went to Costco today. The new storage bins are in the refrigerator. They proved their worth when I found a log of goat cheese I’d forgotten about. Menu planning is on July’s to-do list.

    My woodworking class is underway and I’m making a custom cutting cart and sewing desk. I’ll lose two pieces of furniture in my room and be able to house my sewing, quilting and scrapbooking tools and fabric in one place. I didn’t expect to have either so soon. Luckily, the purge has freed up space and lessened my workload.

    For the rest of the month I’m focusing on closets and will tackle the pantry. The herbs and spices overflow gives me grief. I converted a linen closet and its too small now. My fall woodworking project may be a customized pantry that will alleviate my frustration and accommodate jars for bulk items.

    Hopefully, I’m done with everything by the end of July and I can contemplate painting the house while the weather is good. I haven’t started canning but I’m making infusions and liqueurs over the weekend.

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    I found more storage bins at a discounter and I’m tackling the pantry. I picked up two organizers for dinnerware and two shelves. The spice jars will arrive Friday and I’ll make the labels this weekend.

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    My 4 sewing Grands (ages 10-15)are going to have a sewing bee at my house in mid July. I'm going through juvenile and kids fabrics and plan on making kits for them to work on and hopefully down size my stash. 2 of the gals have each sewn a quilt and the other two pillowcases.
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    That sounds like a lot of fun, OKsewglad!

    I’ve been steadily chipping away at some of the things our organizer/decluttered suggested in our plan. We had to postpone the 2 six hour sessions until July/August. We rescheduled and now are set to tackle one studio space on July 31 and the other one on Aug. 12. Meanwhile I’ve been working on the rest of the house and doing some of the easy studio things. I can already see a big difference!

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    I went to Ikea for the first time and fell in love with the glass display cabinets. I’ve picked out a double unit for fabric that will go with the cutting cart and sewing desk we’re making.

    I’m getting rid of my bookcases and most of the titles save food and lifestyle subjects. I subscribe to Scribd and the majority are there. I didn’t buy anything yesterday or feel tempted.

    I caught a one day sale on Pyrex mixing and storage bowls with pastel tops. I’m tossing out the plastic ones I had. Snapware is nice but it’s too much. I’m finding more opportunities for a simple or streamlined approach.

    Now that I’ve devised a capsule plan and aware of my seasonal color profile and Kibbe body type I’m ready to purge my closet. Although I’m not done yet, I can see where my decluttering and decorating efforts are heading. I’ll have my ideal space soon.

    I don’t know how Marie Kondo’s slogan found its way into my vernacular. But a lot of this stuff doesn’t spark joy. I view it as an impediment to the flow and look I’m seeking. Maybe that’s a good thing.

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    I worked in my kitchen today and enjoy seeing the results. I need to work on the studio. Nice to see others in process too.

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    I have always gone through closets routinely so clothing has never been an issue...it's the fabric that has bogged me down. Right now son and family are here and I decided that instead of tossing everything into a box and putting in a pile in my sewing space, I was going to have the boxes sorted. As I was still sorting when they arrived, DIL wasn't in the house 30 minutes and saw kitchen counter with dirty dishes so she emptied and refilled the dishwasher! What a keeper she is. When they come, we tag team each other very well.

    Hope to have a few minutes to work on my kit making yet tonight.
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    I am finishing a reorganization of my sewing space. I was frustrated with no sitting area in one part of it, so I took the opportunity to do some rearranging while my banquet tables that I use for ironing, pressing, etc were loaned out for a graduation party. The furniture has all been rearranged but not all of the boxes of fabric scraps put back on the shelves. Like Oksewglad, my fabric is bogging me down. Thankfully, the two organizations that I sew for have not been giving me many scraps lately. I have more than enough to go through. My oldest son saw my sewing area and said, "Wow Mom! You really did rearrange things." LOL!

    Hopefully, I will finish cleaning up by tomorrow afternoon as I have baby shower gifts to make for a Sunday baby shower and life has a way of getting in the way.
    Connie

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    Oh Connie...I so relate. I plan on moving the bed out of the LA room and moving my sewing into that bedroom. This will all happen after mid July. #2 GD will be here next week and that's when we will be sewing. Last night I have another kit organized..want to spend some time kitting again tonight.
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    I have read this thread from the beginning and found it very inspiring. We are still renovating and last year took everything out of storage (after 3 years) and moved it into the little place we bought. We are living in the RV still but just bought a bed base on Friday that has 6 count 'em six drawers underneath. It is supposed to be delivered in 9 more days and then we will move in. So, I think I have found all the fabric I have but not really sure until we get all the boxes organized. We gutted this place so there has been not a single cupboard to put anything into. Reading here about not keeping fabric you don't love or think you will use, I have sorted out about 1 apple box worth and 1 grocery bag full. I think I only have about 8 boxes which I know is small potatoes to what a lot of other quilters have but I only started quilting as we were retiring and had already bought the RV and were intending to travel full time. Years ago I found a young neighbour was learning to sew and now her brother does also so we will be giving it to them on Tuesday. They make bags and dog beds and all kinds of things so I know it will all be put to good use. They even asked for my trimmings so they could use them for stuffing. I am glad to get rid of some of my ugly colours or patterns that I don't like and with your help I now know I can do that. I don't have to keep it just because it is in my possession.

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    Aaaahhhh!!! Big sigh of relief. Feeling accomplished in this decluttering department today!! I set out to get rid of 27 things. Have been working exclusively in my sewing room , from about 11 am till just now (4:20). Must be a miracle. I have never stuck to decluttering this long at one "go".

    I kept track as I was going and I ended up with 32--and I'm calling it a day! My room looks and feels so much cleaner, more breathable.

    I parted with: 1 sewing machine, 8 mailings (of crumbs, selvages, photo, greeting card to a friend), 1 water bottle, 1 pk stickers, 1 notebook, 5 gift bags, 1 MSQC bracelet charm, 1 mug rug UFO that I have no intention of finishing,
    1 half-used sketch pad in bad shape, 1 window shade, 1 tote bag, 1 sewing box (hard to part with sentimentally but I'll get over it), 6 notions, 2 knick-knacks, and 1 CD.

    Gosh, I feel good! And tired. But mostly good. Hallelujah!

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    Way to go Zo! I made 16 dozen cookies last week and family has managed to "declutter" all but 3 dozen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Way to go Zo! I made 16 dozen cookies last week and family has managed to "declutter" all but 3 dozen!

    LOL!!!

    Spent the last couple of months decluttering the downstairs so we would have room for a reunion of sorts on July 7. I didn't realize how much studio stuff had migrated downstairs until I started the declutter process. Now all the downstairs rooms look great and we had plenty of seating for everyone who attended our July 7 soiree, but all the studio stuff got dumped willy nilly in my studio spaces, so I'm once again having to move things from one horizontal surface to another in order to have work surfaces available. July 31 can't come soon enough- that's our first 6 hour declutter session with the decluttering team- we just have to decide whether we want to start first in my office/sewing studio/guest room, or DH's....

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    I have been reading this thread since the beginning and finally got inspired (thank you everyone for posting) to make my room actually work better for me.

    1: I ordered 2 new bookcases so I have room for my books, etc., sadly I have to wait 6-8 weeks before I can pick them up.

    2: Decided to sell my Janome 6500, my small Brother, and my Brother Embroidery machine. I sold the Janome, yay and hopefully the others will sell soon. The gal who bought my Janome also purchased all my longarm paper pantographs too, so that really cleared out some space and one less thing to advertise.

    3: I converted my Koala Cabinet to a full time cutting station, purchased enough cutting mats to cover just about every inch of the top. Moved my sewing machine to a older sewing cabinet (barely fits but it’s working fine) and use that for piecing blocks. But it is flush against a wall so doesn’t work well when the time comes to join all the rows, borders etc...

    4: Ordered another table for my other machine so I can set up and use that station for piecing the tops together. I can put a table behind it to deal with all the fabric when joining rows and borders etc... .

    5: My next goal is to go through all 3 cupboards and massive dresser and begin to pull stuff I know I will never use and list them on Etsy. I have far too many charm packs, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles etc.. . My tastes have changed a lot since I started quilting and I’m more of a modern quilter. I suffer from analysis paralysis, and I’m overwhelmed by too many fabrics, too many patterns and it makes me spend too much time trying to figure out what I want work on next. I would rather be quilting!
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    You’ve gotten a lot done, Lisa- congratulations!

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    I am impressed with the energy all of you have. You’re getting a lot done!

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    Lots of cutting going on for binding and the lurking scraps that happened when a friend and i did some paper piecing (AGH!) Organizing the cut sizes and going through bottom shelf full of books. Sort of a mix of organize and purge day. Hot here in VA!

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    Congrats everyone, on getting so much done!

    I've been trying to purge some of my scraps by actually using them up! Today I donated several scrap quilts to the charities my quilting group supports. I had a big kitty litter bucket (empty, of course) where I stored scraps after cutting for a quilt. That bucket had gotten so full that the top wouldn't snap on anymore. So the last two days I began to deal with it. Dumped it all out on the dining room table where I sew... I weeded out all the skinnier strips and made probably 50 little log cabin blocks with them, that finished at about 5" square. Then I went through the rest of the massive pile and separated out all the strips of all sizes. All the rest I cut into mostly 2.5" squares, the size I use the most. Some bigger pieces became 3.5", 4", and 5" squares, and got stored in the stacking drawers for those size squares. The rest that were good crumb size, but not big enough to make a 2.5" square, I bagged up to give away to a friend who likes to work with crumbs. Yay! The kitty litter bucket is back under control again.
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    Feels good doesn't it, SBG? I need to do this again, but I don't always get blocks made the same day.
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    Way to go, biz! Thatís a ton of progress. Arenít those lil log cabins cute? Time consuming but darling.

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    They sure are! Now what will I do with them?
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    This week end I decided to try a new method of making the children's medical face masks I make for charity. I'm cutting out lots & lots of the 4 different sizes & then when I'm ready to make them all I have to do is start sewing. I'm storing the cut out pieces in a clear plastic box with dividers between the different sizes so it's easy to grab a size I want to sew & just go. Cutting them out is the most time consuming part of the process so I think this will help me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    This week end I decided to try a new method of making the children's medical face masks I make for charity. I'm cutting out lots & lots of the 4 different sizes & then when I'm ready to make them all I have to do is start sewing. I'm storing the cut out pieces in a clear plastic box with dividers between the different sizes so it's easy to grab a size I want to sew & just go. Cutting them out is the most time consuming part of the process so I think this will help me.
    Where did you get a pattern? I will ask the hospitals around here to see if they would like some and then make them.

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