It seems to have been non-stop. I am STILL sorting things out and whereas I can see progress is still isn’t as far on as I’d like. I blame my mother. She was a hoarder and never threw anything away. I could never be minimalist but I’m determined to only keep what I know I will use. No more of, “I might want to do/use that one day.” ‘One day’ usually never comes in my experience. Or else it comes the week after something has been disposed of as never being needed again so it may as well go.
What I have done most recently is start preparing vintage sewing patterns to upload to Ebay. I often find that not enough detail is given on items for sale there. Sometimes it’s really important information that is lacking such as measurements, if clothing or furniture for example, or composition if fabric or yarn. I find that very frustrating so don’t want to do the same.
However, with over a hundred to list it’s going to take some time to load everything. I hope that any vintage pattern fans know that the measurements have now changed and that they are prepared to alter accordingly. From what I’ve seen on various blogs the people who buy vintage patterns are sewing enthusiasts and even if they don’t know exactly what they are doing they are willing to alter, experiment and persevere to obtain the results they want.
In the meantime I am trying to be resolute as to being realistic about what I will do in the future and discarding all excess materials and equipment. I have a shoebox full of pencils and another of pens and felt tips for heaven’s sake. To say nothing of all of the other boxes of things.
In fact, I am quite happy to sell or give things away – just not to jettisoning them onto the council tip. Such as Gumtree, Facebook, charity shops and Freecycle are all doing their bit and friends are all receiving emails starting with, “Can you use, or do you want, ………? “ I’m actually finding it easier as I go along.
A couple of weeks later….
I really think that I am nearly there!! The main bulk is done and now I just need to go through the piles on the shelves of ‘undecided’ and do a final culling. I’ll be happy if I just get to the stage of having definitive groups of items going to specific destinations. I’ve even compiled three boxes to go to Freecycle of things not suitable for the charity shop such as packets of unopened screws, a colander, household items, cards and stationery – such things too good to throw away but maybe useful to someone. I don’t know who would want three such boxes but I’m hoping.
It’s Easter weekend and I’m hoping that the forecast cold weather doesn’t arrive. The magnificent magnolia in my neighbour’s garden has burst it’s buds and whereas I think it would survive snow, frost would damage the emerging flowers.
Time to make Easter biscuits I think. Much more fun than sifting through half empty shelves. I still haven’t uploaded the patterns of course!