Have I got the end-of-the-year cleaning and organizing thing going on! I can charitably be called an indifferent housekeeper, but at heart I love neat and pleasant surroundings. And I love starting the holidays with some level of clarity and peace.
Some of this involves housework, of course. I've cleaned out the fridge (dudes--INCLUDING the FREEZER!). I've pulled everything out of the cupboards, wiped down the shelves, discarded the outdated foodstuffs, put things like buckwheat flour into cool plastic storage containers.
We hired a friend to turn a previously unused little closet in the kitchen (at one time it held the water heater, back when a 10-gallon water heater served a household) into shelves. Oh, I do love these shelves! With these shelves I can envision myself living an entirely different life: clear, organized, stylish, controlled, photogenic. My Tupperware fantasy.
Speaking of Tupperware, I actually sorted out the amazing number of plastic storage containers that have accrued in the kitchen. Listen to this: I THREW OUT THE ONES WITHOUT LIDS! I THREW OUT THE LIDS WITHOUT CONTAINERS! Really, I did. I shut down the little voice that kept saying: But what if you find the lid that goes with that one? Shut. It. Down. Flat.
I've also been trying to take care of some other stuff that's been cluttering my life. I took my little laptop in for a computer enema and upgrade (it was gone for more than a day, which made me rather anxious, to be truthful--plus, I realized how much time I waste in front of the screen, which will have to be addressed some other time because I'm on the computer now).
The mini-journals I talked about in the last post are part of this neatening up push. Several readers offered other great suggestions--be sure to check out the comments. I'm loving these little booklets--they are proving to be the perfect solution to my problem.
And the filing cabinet has not been safe from my zeal: bags and bags of recycling have left the house.
This organizing jag extends to the back yard, as well. For example, I've been wanting to set up an indigo dye pot for ages, but there wasn't any place for it. So last month a friend took the boards from the demolished deck and turned them into solid workbenches. I now have this lovely long dye bench!
But you guys come here for the knitting, so let me show you the results of my work:
The Esther Yoke Sweater is done!