Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Cleaning

We've been doing a bit of spring cleaning around here.  I'm not a fanatic about keeping a clean house.  While my house isn't picture perfect, there is a basic level of cleanliness.  Life is far too short to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning.

Spring cleaning is a good excuse to sift and sort, do some deep cleaning, get rid of things that we don't need.  It's an exhausting, dusty process that I dread but feel good about in the end.  Recycle, rearrange, reorganize, make better use of space.  The challenge now is to maintain this level of organization and tidiness.

Another benefit of spring cleaning is that I collected all of my unfinished knitting projects into one basket.

Mittens waiting for thumbs, socks in search of mates, a pair of felted slippers in progress.  I have a feeling there should be more than just one basket - that I'm missing something.  There must be in-progress knitting hiding in a closet or tucked away on a shelf.  I could swear I have more projects to finish, but for now I'll deal with this basket.  It's more manageable to have it all in one place.

The downside to all of this cleaning is that my other work has piled up.

Literally.  It's time to start winding.


Taos Sunflower said...

It feels good to corral all those UFOs, doesn't it. I do that about one a year. One of my shop friends told me she read about a woman who gathers all her UFOs at the end of each year. If she hasn't finished them by then, she decides to either get on the stick and finish them, or better yet, tears out the yarn to she doesn't have to start a new year with UFOs. I have somewhat embraced that and have taken some rather fiendish delight in frogging more than a few projects. Freedom!

Karen said...

Following on to the first comment, it reminds me of the various folks who prepare for their New Year by cleaning out the old, paying debts, making apologies, etc. so as to start again with a clean slate. I never thought of applying it to UFO's before. Very thought provoking!

Betsy said...

I can't believe you can fit all your UFOs into one tidy basket. I'm jealous! You should see the size of the box that mine are in....