The January purge

This first picture is for those of you who really only care about the quilts. (Its okay! I know how you feel. Sometimes my brain can’t handle a long narrative, it just wants a quick hit of pretty color and fabrics. I totally get it and I’m not offended at all!) This is a little something I’m working on for the store. More American Jane fabric by Sandy Klop for Moda. I love her stuff. It’s finally coming together and I think it’s going to be really cute. I’m hoping to finish tonight and I’ll post more pictures soon.

This January I have felt so motivated to purge unnecessary stuff from my household. When I put away the Christmas decorations I got rid of two boxes of Christmas stuff I either didn’t want, use, or need. Felt great! I’m slowly going through other areas of the house. Next I hit the kids’ books. Then I decided to tackle our closet. My husband had already made a good start on his half and I felt motivated to do mine. I knew this would entail having my boys around during the process. That morning they had already maxed their TV time while I exercised and showered, so I tried to entice them to come play on my bed while I worked. Usually this is a pretty good offer because they like to play life raft or bear cave with all the covers and then throw them onto the floor in a pile and jump on them. I figured this would give me at least a good 20 minutes.

As I got into my project, I came out of the closet to discover this:

The four-year-old down to his underwear, cleaning his legos with his toothbrush.
And the two-year-old had somehow accessed the box of Cherrios
and taken them into the bathroom.
So, as is usual when I attempt a big project, there is always a lot of extra mess to clean-up, besides the one I just made on my own. But it feels good to ship a few garbage bags full of un-needed stuff off to good will. And the best part of this story? Friends of Multiple Schlerosis called last night to see if I had any donations. Oh yes I do. They are picking it all up Monday morning! Now I won’t be tempted to look at vintage sheets if I were to drop it off myself!

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    January 18, 2009 at 8:29 am

    what is it with the box of cereal that kids are drawn to?? I think all my kids at some point has gotten into the cereal and dumped it!! uuugghhh! <BR/>my little one is also good at dumping all the books off the book shelf. I think I clean them up 3 or 4 times a day!

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    January 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Purging always makes me feel better. Unfortunately I’ve been known to throw away too much. Once I threw away a 10k rollover 401k check. My husband will NEVER let me live that down. Rightly so I guess. That is why he goes through the trash. And the 401k check was found by him because he does go through the trash! <BR/><BR/>I remember messes like the cheerios. Once my twins spilled a whole

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    January 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I had a dream that I opened my hope chest and it was full of soft cozy blankets and vintage crib sheets, perfect for little throw quilts. I also love purging, but still can’t quite stomach getting rid of books. Best of luck!

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