June 24th, 2018

Another brother's visit lightbulb

My new living room happened because I thought 'hmmm when my brother gets here, I'm going to make him help me figure out a new/better arrangement'... and while I was considering what guidance to give him (I want to keep this here, don't care about that, etc). I came up with the plan that I then executed and I love it! And he doesn't even get here for two more weeks.

This morning, it happened again. I need a fabric library - as in physical library space for my fabric. I have some in one closet, some in another closet, some jammed into an armoire. In two different rooms. I need it consolidated and organized.

When my brother gets here, I'm going to challenge him to solution that - ha! (Yeah, I know, that's tacky verbing there.)

So, again thinking of the guidance... I want all fabric in one place, preferably in or near the sewing room but I do NOT want clutter. I want more empty space, not less. Shelves are obviously the answer but where would I put them? Wait... I have a hallway LINED with shelves! The shelves are mostly filled with tchotchkes. Some of the stuff is important to me but do I need it out always? Do I need all of it? Could I clear enough for fabric? The shelves are narrow but, heck, I can fold fabric to fit. OMG. I think I've solutioned this problem, too!

I need to clear off a bunch of the stuff and give the fabric a try but I'm jazzed by the idea. As soon as I finish my coffee, I'm on it.

I started the clearing off before I left for the pool. Then went swimming. Then had breakfast and now I'm having coffee and watching the start of the baseball game. So far, the cable service is fine and dandy.

This morning was cloudy and cool but the sun is out now and the Pride Parade will be very warm in the full sun. But starting tomorrow, we have a couple of weeks of blessedly not hot weather. Highs in the 60's and low 70's. Nice.

The jury is out

So, I had a lot more fabric than I thought and... it took up a lot less shelf real estate than I thought it would.

I'm not sure I love the result. I do like having it all so viewable. I am inspired by fabric and that's difficult to achieve when the fabric is in the back of a dark closet. But, I'm not sure I love having it as my entryway. Plus keeping it tidy is going to be an issue. Maybe. Same pic, different angles.

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I have a nice bag of stuff that is really perfect for Goodwill. I actually need to add more and I will. And I didn't have to sacrifice any treasures. So that's a win.

But, the big win is my closet. Actually two closets. SPACE in the closets. Be still my heart.

I'm thinking that the smart money would be for me to pretend I'm moving into the 'home' and start paring down my stuff. I have large kitchen bags. My goal would be to fill one a week. I'm pretty sure I could do that easily. Mondays. On Mondays, I will start the day by filling a bag of stuff from this house and setting it aside for Goodwill or the trash. At least a bag. On Mondays. I can do that! Starting tomorrow.

BUT the thing I did not toss out - that spot cleaner? Spot on. The orange chair is saved!! It looks amazing. The cleaner spouts water/cleaning solution (I used white vinegar) out the brush while you scrub and then sucks the water back into the return tank. I don't even want to think about how disgustingly filthy that return water as. But the chair looks wonderful. SAVE!!

More to do but not today. All that bending and stooping and folding and moving has dun wore me out! I'm declaring the rest of the day a tv day. Netflix is calling me.