Stuff is never just stuff. Stuff is, as my brother put it, ideas. Every item I own is an idea I've had, about who I am or want to be, what I want to do, what I value, fear, or need. No wonder I've found that getting rid of items clears my head marvelously! My room is slowly but surely becoming an oasis of Karen in a world of not-Karen, which is a relief. My true desires and priorities are coming into focus, and my to-do list is shorter and more imperative. I hope to have this process done by the end of the year so I can start 2019 with a clean slate!
Today I'll post about two harder, sewing-related purges: my pattern collection and my historical costumes.
Here is my pattern collection before and after my purge:
The patterns are roughly organized by decade and gender (one pile for menswear). What I got rid of fell into the following categories:
I took my patterns to my place of work to give my sewing co-workers first right of refusal. The leftovers will go to the Goodwill, which is where I got them.
At any rate, this time I emailed them and kept the costumes on the couch for twenty days, but that was quite long enough. When I got no reply, off to Goodwill they went, and I consoled myself that, as I have often found treasures at Goodwill, I could send my treasures there and someone else will be excited to find them.
Making room for new good things.
Quilting, dressmaking, and history plied with the needle...
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