Now decluttering the house has always been like one of those sliding tile puzzles. Sometimes it looks quite good, but in order to get a stray piece into the right place, you have to jumble everything up again. Also, though you might have a problem in one area, you have to solve it by shuffling things in a completely different part of the house.
Or in other words, in order to find a home for the old story files and folders piled in my study, I needed to clear one of the big storage baskets in the conservatory, namely the Basket of Long Abandoned Sewing and Knitting Projects.
The main project was a sweater I began knitting over 25 years ago. I had got as far as completing the back and about a third of a sleeve and then the project stuck. For years and years and years. During which time, to make the problem worse, everything got horribly dusty and musty smelling.
So it was a tricky basket of clutter to deal with. It triggered the OMG I spent all that money on that wool, I can't just throw it away feelings. Also the OMG I spent hours knitting that, I really ought to finish it thoughts. But at first I didn't have the time and then I realised that even if I did finish it, I'd end up with a sweater that was so dated that I'd never wear it. And so it was that until now, every time I looked in there, my heart quailed and I just put the lid back on again, muttering, "I'll deal with that another time."
Yesterday I finally dealt with it...
I unravelled the knitting, washed and dried the wool and started a crochet shawl.
I also washed the almost finished skirt and I've worked out how to adjust it to fit (I'm fatter now than when I started it!).