My January purge has continued into February. Every time I get rid of something I find I want to get rid of more. Last night I sat up late going through music, today I had a use for some of the fabric scraps. Here’s where I am now.
Two years ago, I bought 4 CD boxes from Ikea (2/$4.98). At the time all 4 were filled with something. My DVD collection has dwindled to just a handful leaving its box less than half full. With an index card to separate them I added my CD collection to the box.
This change cost me $4 in paper sleeves (I know I bought paper). As a result this is what I have to get rid of.
Two folders and a stack of movies, work out DVDs I am unable to use, and some music. In deciding what to keep from my music collection I played each CD I hadn’t listened to in a while. Rather I should say I tried. A few of them were so not me that I couldn’t even get through a single track on the disc, one such was Tusk by Fleetwood Mac. This has to have been their worst album ever. I was left with just over 80 CDs which may sound like a lot, but I love music and used to have a much larger collection. I also remind myself that music replaces a television. With music I am not a zombie staring at a screen, but find myself motivated to do something.
As for storage, I stacked two of my Ikea CD storage boxes and set them in the lower opening of the nightstand.
I know the picture is a little dark, I couldn’t get enough light in this spot. The stripped box is the one that holds all my sewing supplies (minus the fabric which is slowly disappearing). Next to the boxes is where I keep unread books. This is such an improvement from a 5 foot by 7 foot bookcase, plus books everywhere else in the house as well and then storage for sewing supplies, movies and music. Total storage space is now 15 inches!
The other two storage boxes have much different uses. One now stores all my Christmas ornaments and fabric wraps I made for gifts. The other box holds tools under my kitchen sink. Yes, with all the work I do on furniture my necessary tools fit in a small box.
Fabric on the way out
Today, the grand children stopped by with new library books they wanted to share with me. My grand-daughter brought a Barbie I can be book with her. This one was about being a Pastry Chef. She began talking about how she likes cooking and especially making desserts because “desserts are my favorite”. The conversation continued with her telling me she couldn’t be a pastry chef because she didn’t have the coat.
A light bulb went off, a coat is beyond my abilities but an apron would be easy. I pulled out a remnant piece of fabric, and found some bias tape. Using her body as my guide I cut the fabric, then because I was lazy I simply sewed the bias tape over the raw edges rather than hemming and a little while later I was able to make her day. A note here, brother wasn’t about to be left out I had to make a similar apron for him with leftover red fabric and more bias tape, unfortunately he fell asleep before his was finished so I have no picture to share.
While no cooking or baking took place today the apron stayed on. When mom came to pick her up winter clothes were put back on under and over the apron. I hear she was finally convinced to take it off for bed.
Children enjoy the simplest of things. Toys are rarely played with here, the loveseat cushions become a wall around a “house”, a bed, a maze or like tonight with added blankets they can become a garden filled with all the things they love to eat. We snacked on pretend sweet potatoes, onions, tomatoes and finally the sweetest apples ever grown.