Peeking out from the piles

I’m purposefully taking time to peek out from behind the piles of boxes and books and other crud to say that I’m still alive. I’ve been in my new place for the past two weeks and still it looks like we JUST moved in. The Sweet Boy mentioned that this is the first place we have lived where we haven’t been unpacked almost instantly.

Yes. I will agree with that. We have failed miserably in the unpacking department.

But, in my defense, I haven’t been unpacking just to unpack. I’ve been purging. Each time is getting the question “Do you belong in this house? In storage? In my life?”. I refuse to keep things just to keep them. If I don’t display it or use it, why keep it? To look at it when I unpack it from the next move? No thanks, time to reduce my collections. I’ve blogged about this a few times this past year. Since my mom has passed away, I’ve been bringing things that mean something home from her place and my goal is to not add an item to my life but replace an item. One in, one out. I know the saying is usually one in, two out, but I’m still working on that. I’ll get there one day.

The Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival is just a few days away (eeeek!). I’m kind of not ready. Okay, I lie, I’m COMPLETELY not ready. I have my yarn ready to go but my knitting isn’t quite where I want it to be. I give myself until 3PM today piddle around and unpack more boxes and then I sit down to knit until I pass out tonight. I’ve also got to put some spinners fiber bundles together. Those will be easy… I think.

At least my crafting area doesn’t look like this anymore

It looks more like this

Progress! Okay, off to be busy.

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5 thoughts on “Peeking out from the piles

  1. pentalia says:

    Hey, you've got pictures on the walls! I'm impressed for 2 weeks in.I love the question you ask about stuff: "If I don't display it or use it, why keep it?" I'm gonna write that in my Control Journal.

  2. I'd say anything you have ready so far is pretty impressive. Don't beat yourself up over it if you do meet those goals, you just moved for pete's sake!!! 😀 good luck at the show Erin!

  3. idyll hands says:

    A Control Journal… that's an interesting concept. Tell me more :)Emily – I didn't JUST moved, it was two weeks ago! That is ages in my book 🙂

  4. pentalia says:

    Oh, gee… from the way you blog about cleaning, unpacking, and organizing, I thought you must know all about it. "Control Journal" is a term for sort of an organizer notebook, from the FlyLady. You'd like her system, but the website is kinda garish. Take a look at FlyLady.net.The informational pages are great, however the homepage is almost unbearably bright… and DON'T click on any of the music. Just do a search on her site for control journal, and you'll get some good stuff. This woman has got housekeeping and female psychology all figured out. It's really amazing how effective it is.

  5. Hey! Congrats on the new place, and hope your latest show went well. Can't wait to see pics of your new space as you get moved in. and I am totally with ya on replacing things and purging. Oy! 🙂

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