Thursday, June 29, 2017

Look, a Couch!

  This post might not be about crochet itself, but I know there's many crocheters out there that fight the same fight as me... We just seem to hoard crochet projects and yarn, and sometimes(?) it starts getting messy. Long-time followers, you know I've battled to empty my couch of all WIP's for a while. I took a few computer-free days this week, and it got me motivated to work on cleaning it off some more. And finally - Finally - You can see more than a corner of my couch!


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  Rip van Winkle picked up some storage bins for his stuff, and ended up with an extra one he didn't need. With the pile already being a mess on the couch, I figured it would be better off as a mess in a box. But as I started cleaning, I found things (garbage, really) that had been buried under everything else. Yarn labels, discarded tails, and scraps of fabric that weren't suitable for making into yarn. So I've discovered that I'm being messier than I thought!


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  With the rubbish thrown out, I started to organize yarn scraps into bags. Seeing that it would take a long time, I decided to stop organizing and put the rest in the bin as the mess that it was. Some was already bagged up, and I found room for it back in the bin from which it came. It went along with the other bin to the corner I'm trying to turn into my office... Well, at least you can see my couch now:


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  As for the office, it's not what I really wanted. When work started spilling all over the house, I knew I had to get organized before it was too late. I had plans for the perfect desk and work-space, but something gets in the way every time I get close to achieving it. The car, the air conditioner, the disaster of trying to sell Rip's truck... And how much else? The more my office was put off, the more my house looked like it was already too late to fight the mess. But at least now you can finally see the couch:


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  Yay, kinda... It's not much of a couch to look at; a futon, really... But you can see it, so: Yay! The office is even less to look at, with storage bins crammed underneath a folding table and a mess of my notebooks still to find a home on top. But, it is my office. It's better than WIP's on the couch and dinner table, and it beats sitting in front of a file cabinet with no leg space.


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  With most things stashed away in bins, I hope to be able to concentrate more on one thing at a time. I used to be really organized, and I don't know how this has happened to my house. The more I set my mind to that "one thing at a time" plan, I find myself completing projects faster... And I know that might seem like "well duh, of course you finish things when you keep working on them", right? If only the crafty side of my brain would see it as common sense, I wouldn't be in this position in the first place.


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  I'm as disgusted with the fresh sheet on the couch as I am by my recent lack of organization... I absolutely hate the pattern of that set, but it's the only spare I have left. The rest were showing wear, so they got cut up for a fabric yarn project that's being neglected in a bin. And now I've discovered a rip in this one, so I guess I've been letting a lot of things go around here. Fresh sheets and a fresh start: Please do not ever let me get back to this place again!


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  There's work left to go in the "office" but I suppose it's usable as-is... After all, I'm sitting here writing this post, with my feet propped up on one of my storage bins. (They make a pretty nice footrest, actually!) There's that little pile of WIP's on top of the bins behind my chair, but they're being left out because I plan to finish them soon. And if I don't get to them in a week or two, I think I'll stash those, too. Sometimes we make cutesy jokes about having an addiction to crochet and too many WIP's, but I'm over thinking this is funny. I need my organization back!

Happy Crocheting!
And Happy Organizing, too!

10 comments:

  1. Well done Jenny! I'm afraid I put everything in our book case and once in a while I have to clean that thoroughly.
    I can't let it in the couch because of my cats, they love to sleep on it and then it will be a pile of cat hair instead of yarn... The tiny room where I have my stash needs reorganisation too, but that'll have to wait.
    ps: Must say that your title made me laugh ;-)
    Enjoy your office and couch!
    Sigrid

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    1. Thanks, Sigrid! :)
      Cats sure are funny sometimes. Mine try to sleep on the bookshelf, but they used to stay off the couch... That is, until I cleaned it off, and now they think it's for them! And worse, my daughter's spoiled cat is trying to take over the corner of my new desk. *sigh* Are we the masters or the slaves?
      I'm glad you got a laugh out of the title! There could be a sequel named "Look, you can't see my couch again because my husband won't get off it", but that's a long title and he may get upset at the photos... ;)

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I know what it feels like, when one finally manages to get something cleaned up, sorted out, neat and propper again. Think I need this feeling for the studio urgently. Working for the fair, anticipating Scotland (and returning with even more yarn to put away somehow) it looks like ... errr ... just horrible really. No way I'm letting any-one in there right now!
    Therefore: Enjoy the pretty sight, your working-space and stick to your plan of not letting things get out of hand again.
    Have a lovely time,
    Marjan

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    1. Thank you, Marjan! The mess inside the bins isn't so neat and proper, but it feels so much better to have my work space cleared out. Now if only I can resist adding to the stash for a while or starting more projects, I might just keep it under control!
      Have a great weekend!
      PS - "See" you tomorrow at the Challenge!

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  3. It's a cycle isn't it? We start too many projects, they start piling up, we start more before we finish those and they pile up too and, pretty soon, we can't see the couch....or the chairs....or the table....or the floor....lol! Then we sternly admonish ourselves that we MUST clean up, organize our stuff and finish all of the WIPs that we find. And we do it! And everything is great for a while. Until the day that we realize.....we can't see the couch!

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    1. LOL :) Kim, you are so right! I want so badly to keep the mess from taking over again, but I have a feeling there will be another episode like this in the future.

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  4. Yay! A couch! I too had my yarn in bags, and bins, and storage towers, but have since gotten some of those cubes at Walmart that have the 9 cubes. They works so great for the yarn so I can see what I have, and then I keep my WIPs and finished projects in the clear storage towers.
    Little by little it has come together nicely, and I am sure that you are feeling much better now that the couch is clear! Plus, nice to have another place to sit back and relax I am sure.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, there's not much room left for relaxing now that Rip van Winkle has taken it over for his daily naps... And nightly naps... And morning naps... But yes, it feels good (for him) to have a couch again! ;)

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  5. I have a lot of bins too, they will grow and multiply lol

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    1. I have a goal to stick to the bins I have, and no more... But, we'll believe that when we see it, right? ;)
      Thanks for stopping by, Cazzy!

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