January just seems like the right time to pare down, so I am cleaning up and clearing out. I am laughing as I write this as I hit some thrift stores in Brevard recently and scored a number of great finds! But as new-to-me comes in, some old has to go. Each year I try to find one area to give special scrutiny – two years ago it was my closet (What’s in Your Closet?), and last year it was the the recipe clutter (Getting Organized Saving Recipes). This year, I decided to take a brutal look at the linen drawers. I have linens for tablescapes in three different places, and this year I need to finally organize them better and discard the hopelessly stained. First is to pull out everything and give it a good going over. Some things get one more chance in the washer, and some things were given to DH to use in his garage. I got new kitchen towels for Christmas (thanks, dear MIL!), so a lot of the old ones need to finally go. Do you keep favorite kitchen towels long after they should be tossed?
All the Christmas linens were washed and this year stored with the Christmas stuff, instead of putting them in the hutch drawers to just take up space for a year. The autumn items were put in a different set of drawers in the secretary in the loft. That left me with a lot more usable space for everyday linens and colors that cross over holiday seasons in the main hutch. There may just be a bit of space for some new placemats.
The pumpkin napkin rings were put with seasonal linens.
The other everyday or cross seasonal napkin rings were put into plastic bags to keep them together.
Score!! Thrifting over in Brevard was very fruitful! I managed to get a neat set of gold square chargers (you saw them on the Romantic Table for Two blog hop) along with these marvelous magnolia plates, and a couple of shabby silverplate items.
Same trip, different thrift store, and I found some parfait glasses. I have wanted a set of these for a long time. The glass was cloudy, but how can I resist when they were only 10 cents each! Not one chip on any of them.
Amazingly, one trip through the dishwasher, and they were clear again!
DH will insist that if something comes in, something else needs to go. So, I let go of the black octagon dishes, and a set of round gold chargers. Linens I haven’t used in years were washed and put into the donate pile. I also let go of some other baking pots, and a few more Christmas items. Four bags of stuff were donated to the Blue Ridge Humane thrift store.
More books went to the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual sale. Magazines to the exchange table.
Plus two bags of fabric bits to the quilt club. The fabric was set out at the January meeting for members to take for free and use in charity quilts or however they liked. What was left over went to Project Linus.
So, it was OK for these rattan chargers to come home for an outdoor meal next summer.
While I was in clean out mode, I cleaned up my workbench where I do stamping, crafting and painting. A box of stamps was put on eBay for sale along with some other items. More items went to the donation pile.
Now I have space to work. I plan to turn this tarnished little silverplate piece into a pincushion. This type of thing seems to sell well on Etsy, so I think I’ll try my idea of making one with velvet and some trinkets.
I found this one too, not sure what it was originally, but I think it will make a lovely pincushion.
More crafting, quilting and sewing coming up next. What are you playing with now?