Posts Tagged ‘floor space’

BSOs and UFOs

March 28, 2012

I felt guilty about clutter this week, perhaps because I admitted sweeping stuff into a box so I could quilt. Since I didn’t have a complete idea for the quilting pattern anyway, when I got to the part where a little more thinking was required I multi-tasked and sorted out the box while I mulled over what to do next. This is the result:

You can see the floor!

The ideal quilt pattern still hadn’t presented itself, so I continued to sort. It was at this point that I realized how much of my life is ruled by BSOs (bright shiny objects) and UFOs (unfinished objects). In clearing out some of the clutter on the sewing table, I found these:

These are celtic-themed stamps and some glittery ink. I bought the set long enough ago that I can’t remember any of the details. I think it was at the Caledonian Club Scottish Games, and I suspect I had an idea for a project. I know my little hand stuffed them into my shopping basket because the ink is shiny and the designs are cool. I also know that the reason they were hiding under a pile is that I had another UFO with a more pressing deadline to finish before I could start the project that required stamping. Then they got buried. The good news is I still have an idea for a project that could require those stamps.

I sorted a few more things and ran across this:

This is an ornament that I bought because it is shiny. And a bear. And shiny. The good news here is Christmas is scheduled for this December again so I will be able to put it on the tree. Perhaps by then the ideal quilting pattern for my mosaic tile quilt will make itself known and I can scratch one more UFO off the list.

Another hole on the shelf

October 20, 2010

Sometimes, baby steps really do lead to major changes. Mom arrived with great plans for Christmas ornaments that we could make together. She brought out her prototype, which got us to brainstorming, which led us to visiting the local Christmas shop, which brought us to a second project that uses up beads that I inherited from her father. In fact, she has made so many ornaments that I was able to clear out one of the two chests of beads that has been living on that shelf for years.

Empty space makes me giddy, so much so it took an entire day before I was sufficiently clear-headed to decide what should go in that space.

At first I thought I would move some bins from the closet, but they were stacked three high, and I couldn’t fit an entire column on the shelf. Then I thought I would move a plastic tub from under the sewing table, and shift over a column of bins from the closet to that space. But the project bags stacked in the tub weren’t easily accessible under the shelf.

That’s when I discovered that I could move a complete column of bins under the sewing table and still have room for the tub.

Clearing those bins from the closet encouraged me to tidy a few stacks, moving the odd item here and there. Then I discovered a bin of Christmas ornaments that I had forgotten about. Some items in the bin are complete ornaments, some are pieces of table decorations, others are bits and pieces that were meant for another craft project. So, that’s what went in the hole on the shelf, and here is the closet floor space that I recovered.

I still have remnants of Ft. Longshore to clear out, and I will have to sort through the newly discovered Christmas bin, but each inch of floor space is a very sweet victory – even if I’ve only recovered enough room for a baby to take a few tiny steps.