Once upon a time, this blog was all knitting all the time.
Then it became primarily knitting, with a smattering of travel and family stuff.
Lately, it seems to be about my house (in particular about fixing or cleaning it), with a smattering of knitting. This was not planned. And I don't anticipate that it will continue too much longer. But it will go on a bit more.
Since the season is turning ... we are at the Equinox, I thought I'd do a quick review of this extended Spring Cleaning Binge. Admittedly, this is more for me than for you, but it will also include a bit on what I still perceive as left to do, and that will give you a clue about how much more of this I'll be posting.
It started in January with an abrupt Deep Clean of the closet in which the Christmas/ Solstice /Yule tree lives. At that point, I was still disputing that I'd be on a crazed house cleaning binge.
I moved on to the Yarn Closet (which remains clean and tidy).
Cleaning the Yarn Closet meant taking a serious inventory of all the yarn. That led to taking an inventory of all the needles (creating a several part series).
Then I cleaned out and organized the Massage Room Closet. I'm not sure I blogged that. I'm still inordinately pleased with the Massage Room Closet, but began to think you had all had about enough of my closets.
Along about this point I caved and admitted that even though I hadn't resolved to do a full on whole house purge and clean, that was apparently happening. I added all those steps to The List (this week's list, by the way, started with 81 items).
My plan at that point was to continue cleaning out the closets in the house, one at a time, and to remove from the house all the things I found buried deep in those closets that we didn't need any more. (For those who are counting, four closets remain, all but one of which are smaller than the two big ones I've already tackled.) I'm still planning an assault on the rest of the closets that aren't in the kids' rooms:
1) The storage closet in the Guest / Play room,
2) the Master Bedroom Closet;
3) the storage closet behind the Master bedroom closet; and
4) the floor of the back hall closet (the upper half having already been addressed).
When we get to my bedroom closet, I will be purging it of all my clothes that don't get worn and those that don't let me feel lovely (except, of course, the wedding dress). I figure the Master Closet will take the longest because it comes with many decisions. I may or may not include in the Great Clothing Purge an assault on my dresser and the Cedar Chest. If not, I'll get to those later. Either way, I promise a picture of the mountain of clothes that will be leaving.
After the closets, I planned to tackle the Laundry Room (default place to shove stuff you don't know what to do with) and the Garage (by the time I get there, it should be warm enough).
Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men are foiled by water. That led to a series on the clean up, remediation, and effective remodeling of my family room after the whole house humidifier abandoned humidifying air in favor of watering the floor.
We're closing in on the end of that. I'll be showing you the finished room as soon as we get window coverings and replacement media cases in there. (The media cases were mostly fine as long as we were okay with not putting videos on the top two shelves.... the water had warped their bases so much that fully loaded they rocked and fell over).
So... here's what I think will show up between the next few rounds of knitting posts:
1) Merry Maids, a Redux -- which I'm hoping will be "How Awesome ARE These Guys"
2) The library Windows
3) The Master Bedroom Closet
4) The Storage Closets
5) The REVEAL - A living room washed clean.
6) The Garage.
Wait? What happened to the laundry room? Well, it got all cleaned up in preparation for the house cleaners. I've already sent stuff to the Goodwill or the Recycling (or the trash). You'll see the result with the MM REdux.
See, only six more house cleaning posts. And I promise more knitting, and more new designs, and more glorious Massage goodness.
And a college visit.
And a finished dress form, perhaps in combination with a WIP RoundUp.