52 Weeks-Happy update!

Well after the crappy week last week, I am happy to saw I was rewarded on Saturday when I took my mom to the local quilt show.  There I found something I have been waiting for and thought I would have to wait until October to get it.  Thank you Jesus!

Ruby I love you!

I knew there was no getting my craft/office/quilting room organized and that awful table in the garage without some help.  In case you have forgotten:

Help came in the form of a cedar lined cabinet from Costco:

Good grief what is that crap on my drainboard up there?  Anyhoo, this cabinet helped me with two areas of badness…my office/quilt/craft room and the table set up to hold my laundry so I do not have to bend over and over to sort laundry (I have fibromyalgia/connective tissue disorder/autoimmune disease/lupus or something like that).  Don’t ya just love all that empty space!  This is what used to sit in this space, nice enough, but not enough storage space, notice latest picture of my darling granddaughter?

First I switched out some bins to make sure I had matching ones for the cabinet.  I got a great buy on the bins as posted https://allysgrandma.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/holy-canvas-bins-batman/.

I organized some of my bins that had Amy Butler, Kaffe Fasset, Mary Engelbreight, kids fabric, batiks, etc:

I am happy to report both areas are now much closer to how I want them to be.  I am not totally done with either area, but I am feeling much more comfortable in the areas and my creative juices are coming back.  So much so that I am going to a mini quilting retreat this weekend at http://scottiedogquilts.com/.  I called DH to tell him what I had decided yesteday and why didn’t he go camping (since he came home early last weekend to take me on my marathon medical appointment week).  He got home from work last night, packed up and left. Didn’t take much to push him out the door   His camping partner is retired, so he did the shopping while DH finished his work day and arranged the employees to cover the weekend.

DH was out and gone by 5:00 pm, just in time to call my next door neighbor to get caught up on the Batchelorette.  Perfect girl’s night in.  Here are my after pictures:

Isn’t it pretty, all bins filled with fabric and the top a bunch of recipe books (and the rest are in DH’s TV room). I need to label the bins, heck some still have the price tags on them!

I know you are probably still horrified at all the stuff in my craft/office/quilting room, but believe me it feels so much better.  Same with the laundry area.  For me it is 2 steps forward, 1 step back.  This week felt like 3 steps forward!

So Laura, yes I am rewarding myself with hopefullyclose to a finished quilt top this weekend!  Go check out the accomplishments of the other participant at http://orgjunkie.com/2011/07/52-weeks-29-celebrate-your-accomplishments.html.

Thank you Laura and everyone for all the incentive to continue on this journey, slowly though I go!

About Allysgrandma
Passionate homemaker after 40 years of working and raising daughters! Finally time for my first love (other than DH who I met when I was 12)....sewing and quilting.

5 Responses to 52 Weeks-Happy update!

  1. Any & every little bit is a move forward…. I have a friend who has fibro & peripheral neuropathy and another who suffers from MS…. I KNOW how hard they work & what a struggle it is some days to move forward and be happy with what you have accomplished. Even thought your/their brains are telling you it should have been tons more or you used to be able to do tons more. Being content where you are & celebrating those accomplishments is a challenge in & of itself. Great job! Love the new cabinet & the new pic!

  2. Sarah says:

    Wow, the bins look great in there! Yay for steps forward. I know you saw already that I was also taking my current project in pieces. So much better to do a bit at a time and celebrate it rather than trying to tackle it all at once and getting frustrated, right?!

  3. Becky L. says:

    I love the closet you bought from Costco. Nice! I love that Mary Engelbriet fabric too. She’s a fav of mine! I went to the Container store today. Oh what fun I had looking. I bought one thing….a project caddy. I know that will help me with my photo calendars I’m going to do again this year. I’m sure I could have bought more from there but am waiting to see what I need in my computer desk organization. Good job on all your organizing and hope you have a good time at your quilt weekend. How fun. Take care and prayers for your strength and stamina everyday! Hugs!

  4. Mary says:

    Wahoo! What a difference! I love that cabinet and how you fit the baskets in there. Good job!

    (and the picture of your granddaughter is BEAUTIFUL!)

  5. MonicaB says:

    Great find at Costco! I love the matching bins. You have to start somewhere and take small steps when decluttering a bigger area and I think you have done a wonderful step in the right direction.

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