Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cleaning and Decluttering.....

It is Spring and I've been in the mood to cleanout and cleanup!  I really cleaned my sewing room well a couple of weeks ago, and its a mess once again.  However, some major organization still remains with the mess.  As I check out my closet after I cleaned and sorted there, I realize that less is more......it's more because now I can see what I really have.  And the exciting part is that I've discovered items I forgot I had.  I thought I'd share this advice for cleaning....
1. Is this item something I use regularly?
2.  If not, is it something I love?
3. Am I holding on to this because I think I should love it?
4. Am I keeping this out of obligation or expectation?
5. Am I saving this just in case?
6. Do I have multiples of the same thing?
7.  Could something else I own do the same job?
8. Am I holding on to a broken item to fix someday?
9.  Is this item worth the time I spend cleaning/storing it?
10.  Could I use this space for something else?
-from lifeyourway.net
After reading this I have made a list of other items that need to go!
 In the cleaning and sorting process I came across a couple of quilts which I haven't looked at for a good long while and thought  might share them with you today.
This quilt called Noah's Ark is a design by Country Threads........I am so sad they are no longer in business as it was one of my all time favorite places to visit while back in Iowa.  I worked on the applique of this quilt while I was with my daughter Katrina in Cancun in 2006.

Radio Flyer is the name of this design by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's I love having this quilt out for summer months.  It makes a nice backdrop for patriotic items as well as an excellent quilt for napping! :-)
"Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could. some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day.  you shall begin it serenely and with too high of a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."    -Emerson


  1. I love your Noah's Ark quilt! I've not seen this pattern before but I really like it. And of course, Carrie Nelson's patterns are always just great!

  2. I love your Noah's Ark quilt as well, I need to see one someday! And I agree They both are perfect for summer celebrations.

  3. Sahweet! Doesn't it feel good when it's all cleaned up?

  4. Yes! I've been sorting through my "stuff" as well... it's amazing what a person thought was so important to have, can become not so important with time... Love that Radio Flyer quilt! It definitely has Summertime written all over it!

  5. I LOVE that radio flyer quilt pattern. Do you have a pattern for this still?