Friday, August 18th, 2017 07:35 pm
Well, I've moved some books on, but I have mostly put a batch in boxes in the garage. We have a friend visiting who will need to sleep on our fold-out couch. In order to fold it out the area where I stashed books for Books to Prisoners and books I hope to read some day had to be emptied. I moved a few books on, but as time got short I had to just box them up, label the boxes, and stack them in the garage. The room looks nicer now, but when Mike leaves the books will have to come back so I will keep on dealing with them rather than forgetting them.

I did manage to shred the letters from B2P that I brought home for that purpose, so something was accomplished, but the shredder froze up with three letters left. I hauled some small cardboard boxes to B2P to use for shipping. I put a batch of newspapers in a bag to take to B2P for packing. I found places to put some of the things piled on the desk so Mike will have a place to put his computer. Trying to clear surfaces is the project for tomorrow.
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 06:58 pm
Well, it's a little belated but we've not got to the weekend here yet, so I figure we're still good to call it a midweek anti procrastination post.

So what have you been tackling? How's that motivation going? What's your priority absolutely must not be procrastinated task?

If you're in need of a challenge or a little encouragement.... Hmmm, now let me think... How about 10 minutes (or whatever time suits) to tackle something clothing related - suggestions include : sorting washing into loads that can be done together, actually tackling a load of laundry, handwashing some items, folding some dry clothes, ironing, re-organising a drawer, shelf or wardrobe space to make it more user friendly. I'm sure there are other related tasks. Ooh, I've thought of another - repairing an item e.g. sewing a button on.

Set the timer for the amount of time you think you can spare or manage energy wise and go for it. Surprise yourself with just how awesome you are! And share with us.

Good luck, team! You're awesome!
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 03:09 pm
"A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”"

The Smart Museum of Art of Chicago is asking for donations of handmade blankets (40"x40") to welcome families coming to our country (the USA), but also to try and make a GIANT blanket equal to the size of the proposed wall between us and Mexico. As a way to protest the wall.

The museum is going to display the blankets (and notes if you include one) from now until December when the blankets will be delivered to families. The deadline to send blankets to the museum is November 4.

Here's the start of my blanket!
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 09:11 pm
How is your uncluttering going at this, the mid-point of the week?

I lost the day to reconciling book reviews across three platforms, and cycling through open and closing All! The! Tabs!. I'm not finished, but at least I'm closer...
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 02:03 pm
It's not just about going through your closet or medicine cabinet. It's about finishing projects.

(and cookies)

I've decided to rip out some more knitting projects that I've lost interest in years ago. Reclaim the materials and find something good to do with them. And rejoice that I have more yarn without having to spend a dime!
Monday, August 14th, 2017 10:09 am
Sometimes, for me, uncluttering isn't so much about getting rid of things (although that can be a great side effect) but about dealing with something that annoys me. So, this morning, I've just spent a productive 5-10 minutes sorting through my scrap paper pile, and I feel so much more relaxed about it that I did.

As a household with three kids, one of whom is through high school, and the other two still in high school, we've generated a lot of 'unused' paper through the last decade -- mostly half used scrapbooks and note books. We have a shelf that this gets put on, and then any time anyone needs to make notes or doodles, they grab paper out of there. However, there are different 'grades' of such paper, depending on how easy it is to get more/the proportion of it in the stack. And every time I see one of the kids grab some of the coloured construction paper (which means I usually can't read the notes), the heavier card stock, the graph/manuscript/dotted thirds lines paper, I take a moment to go 'don't use that, use the real scrap paper'. And mostly they do, but sometimes they just grab what is on top. And when what is on top is what has just come out of someone's desk drawer, it could be anything.

The sorting was pretty simple. I took the top 15-20cm off the pile (of ~30cm), and then anything I didn't care about that was roughly A4 sized went straight back on. Coloured paper and construction card were put in one pile; all the other 'precious' paper types in another, and scrap that was smaller than A4 was either sorted into a notepad pile or binned. The 'precious' papers have been put at the other end of the shelf (vertically, between existing dividers), and the small note pads have been put on top, so that they can be used first. Random bits of card, covers off scrapbooks, pieces too small, all in the bin.

And now I have a neat and tidy shelf, and I know that if I grab the top piece of paper off the active pile, it will be something I can throw out after I've used it, because it really is scrap.
Sunday, August 13th, 2017 08:56 pm
How is your weekend uncluttering going?

I know I sorted something out yesterday, but I've already managed to forget it (apart from making sure the open pack of biscuits was finished, as per yukonsally's suggestion yesterday). Friday, I took a randomish swatch of knitted yarn that I think might have been the start of a scarf (it was in a bag donated to me; the yarn was one of those matting ones, so frogging it wasn't an option) plus three scarves that had turned up from various places and gave them to a school teacher friend who is going to put them in some collection in their classroom (she was asking for blue things for a water cycle, and two were blue).

Today, I sat at the desk, and tidied a corner. Someone had pulled partner's collection of playing cards out and kind of distributed them across the space, so I sorted through and put them back in their pigeon hole. A couple of cards that didn't match any of the sets were binned (they were the wrong size for contributing to a cheat deck), and a set of Donkey cards that were too dilapidated for small hands also went in the bin. Plus some other bits of paper.
Friday, August 11th, 2017 09:14 am
Sometimes, decluttering means eating that last serving of ice cream or the last cookie in the package.

Be good to yourselves this weekend!
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 11:30 am
Strange benefits to having been a competitive baton twirler for a decade:

I needed a 32 inch cable for a magic loop project. I don't have them specifically noted in lengths (I probably should, but there are a lot of things I should probably do), so when eyeballing failed, I took the cable most likely to be 32 inches long, and held it from fingertip to armpit.

Success! It was just a hair longer than fingertip to armpit, which meant that it was 32 inches.

I used this method, as this is how you determine how long your baton needs to be. It has to match your armspan, otherwise it won't work correctly. My armspan is 31 inches long, which meant I was That Twirler. (95% of twirlers clock in with a 29 inch baton, which means if you're doing exchange work, a 31 inch baton throws everyone off. I had a secondary baton for exactly that reason and hated it with an undying passion.)

But yes. Strange benefits I hadn't been expecting, much less half a decade on since I finished twirling.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 01:18 pm
So I have this 1947 book of American crochet patterns with a lot of really styling vintage women's jackets and cardigans that I need, but the one I want to make first* uses Afghan crochet (what's currently called Tunisian). I haven't done enough Afghan to be confident winging it and I don't know anyone in RL who does Afghan crochet, so I am relying on you, DW.

Specifically, the pattern calls for a "10-inch medium hook". That is the only hook sizing information it has.

The google is being unhelpful in terms of telling me what size 10-inch Afghan/Tunisian hook corresponds to a vintage pattern's "Medium."

The gauge is supposed to 6 stitches to the inch with 3-ply sport yarn (assuming sport weight was the same in 1947) if that helps?

*it's based on a WWII-era battle jacket redone as women's crochet businesswear and called The Warrior's Jacket so obvs I need it for work and I happen to have all this khaki cotton sport yarn sitting here...
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 09:02 pm
Which of your uncluttering goals have you progressed so far this week?

I have been weeding email, which has built up some while I have not had a working computer. Another two days at this rate will see me at zero, if no more comes in....

I have also been eyeing off the books on my bedside table, and wondering whether abandoning unread and then donating might be better for some of them than forcing myself to get through them. I guess I'll go for 'anything not read by the end of August' will leave the house, assuming I've read at least that many other books in the time (which looks likely)
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 06:19 pm
Tuesday has rolled around and it's a bit of a disappointment (principally because I spent a good portion of the day believing it was Wednesday...). But all said, it's still time to stop procrastinating and get stuff done. So what'll it be? What are you tackling today? (or tomorrow, or both if you feel like it?)

Are you in need of a little challenge? A little outside motivation? So hmmm, what could it be? For a small challenge, can you repeat the one we used at the weekend - find five things and take them to their correct home. For something bigger - repeat the challenge as many times as you have energy for - 2, 3, 4 or 5 - just imagine the progress you'll have made. As an alternative, set a timer for 5 minutes and tackle a job for that amount of time - 5 minutes worth of washing up, five minutes worth of cleaning, five minutes worth of vacuuming, five minutes of sorting papers - it doesn't matter which but you'd be amazed how much difference a concerted five minutes of action can make - just to prove you're awesome - Wonder Woman and Superman have nothing on you!
Monday, August 7th, 2017 08:36 am
What did you find to declutter this weekend?

I spent most of the weekend out of the house, so all I've managed is to decrease the number of books I'm partway through reading, and the number of remnant balls of yarn lying around waiting to be knitted into current projects.