Clutter Rummaged

Charlie took my pile of goodies to the rummage sale site.  These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • 2 glass-front cabinets

I piled them in 2 piles:

Someone might be interested in the lacrosse equipment.
The dining room is clear of extra clutter.

One in the middle of the dining room

I couldn’t find a good place to use any of this stuff.
Now the above pile is gone, too. We’re keeping the chair.

The other on the porch.

We said good-bye to Star Wars Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head.

Over 20 individual items on to new homes. Plus, I’m putting a printed copy in my tax file to use as charitable deductions for 2017.

Do you find it hard to give away things someone made for you?

The Old Fashioned Rummage Sale

I have held off getting rid of some clutter because I couldn’t come up with a good category for it.

The vintage Singer sewing machine.

Craigslist seemed like a hassle.

Lacrosse sticks

I have reservations about giving things to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Punch cups.

These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • Small under-cabinet lighting fixture
  • 2 glass-front cabinets
Handmade cabinets.

So I’m donating them to an upcoming rummage sale at a local church which proceeds will go to fund “Missions”. Charlie has offered to drive the stuff to the collection point.

Art light.

I’m trying to get Charlie on the wagon also.  Hoping he will let me get rid of a few of his items.

Are you waiting for the right opportunity to get started on something?

Next Item Leaving

When I finally sat down to use my grandmother’s sewing machine, the one she bought the year I was born, it wouldn’t work for me.

I always loved sewing with this 1950s Singer sewing machine.
I always loved sewing with this 1950s Singer sewing machine.

I had always liked this machine because it would sew through almost any thickness of fabric and it has a knee treadle.

The needle and adjusting screw are just a blur when the machine is running.
The needle and adjusting screw are just a blur when the machine is running.

When I say it wouldn’t work that’s not fully accurate.  The needle would go up and down but I couldn’t set the tension correctly to get it stitching.

The knee treadle is more subtle than a foot pedal.
The knee treadle is more subtle than a foot pedal.

After playing with it for an hour I finally had the thread running and the needle stitching.

The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.

After looking up similar machines on Craigslist I decided to list it for $65.

What happens if you can’t give away or sell an item?  Would you throw it away? Or be more patient?

Bye Bye Drafting Table

Remember when I said I didn’t want to part with my drafting table from college?

The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.
The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.

All of your good advice from the end of this post and the fact that I’m tired of seeing it sitting on the porch has given me the impetus to list it for a cheap price, $25, on Craigslist.

This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.
This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.

When a buyer texted and offered $20 I agreed to let it go.

Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.
Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.

An artist and her husband who had just arrived from Siberia picked it up after dark last night.

Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.
Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.

The artist described our dark, winding road as “like a fairy tale”.

How would you describe your street?

A Million Different Directions

We are trying to tie up lose ends on our projects both in the house and in the Cottage but new items keep cropping up.

Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.
Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.

I started working on the stair runner two weeks ago.  I finished about half of it before the sewing machine started giving me problems.

We'll be staying in a historic hotel.
We’ll be staying in a historic hotel.

Also we’re heading to New York City soon so I’m trying to make plans for the trip.  Thus far I have reduced our hotel bill $155 by going back to the website and calling for a better deal.  Unfortunately $155 won’t pay our parking for the weekend but it will certainly help.

I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.
I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.

I have made a short list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret shows as well as must-see restaurants for the first-time visitor. We’ll be staying near the Waldorf.  Any suggestions?

The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.
The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.

Our Cottage tenant has decided to have all the windows replaced with more efficient ones as well as a new front door and storm door.  Those items along with some interior trim should keep the Cottage “under construction” for a few weeks.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

And Charlie and I are getting additional tile installation quotes since the first one was much more than we expected.

Soup is on the menu.
Soup is on the menu.

Then, when we get back from New York I’ll have to begin cooking and decorating for the “surprise party”.  I think I have worked out how it will go but I still need to contact a few bunch of friends.

I'm planning a South of the Border theme.
I’m planning a South of the Border theme.

I’m already planning a bridal shower for May which I hope my choir will actually sponsor since one of our own is getting married in June.

I'm starting in the living room.
I’m starting in the living room.

First thing on the agenda: clean the house!!!

Do you plan ahead and then realize you’re all booked up?

Today I Will . . .

Get papers in order (#96 on my 101 in 1001) and

I started the stair runner back in 2014.
I started the stair runner back in 2014.

work on the stair runner (#5 on my 101 in 101).

I tried hand-powered staples and carpet tacks.
I tried hand-powered staples and carpet tacks.

The runner would look great but I never finished it and over the last 2 years it has not worn well.

I'll try to sew these together then pneumatically tack them to the stairs.
I’ll try to sew these together then pneumatically tack them to the stairs.

My first plan to use individual rugs was not successful.

It will take all my concentration to keep the stripes lined up.
It will take all my concentration to keep the stripes lined up.

Instead I’ve decided to sew the rugs together end on end using a flat-felled seam.

This machine is very precise and will accommodate a thick wad of material or a very fine gauze.
This machine is very precise and will accommodate a thick wad of material or a very fine gauze.

This is just the kind of project for which I’ve been saving my grandmother’s sewing machine circa 1953. It sews bulky fabric together with no problem.

I'm going to start all over again.
I’m going to start all over again.

Sewing together a long enough runner for the steps is my project for today.

This year I'm going to get rid of decades old tax returns.
This year I’m going to get rid of decades old tax returns.

I have also begun separating papers for our tax accountant.

I also have decades of old back statements. Bye-bye.
I also have decades of old back statements. Bye-bye.

But I have piles from previous years that either need a permanent home or need to be shredded.

Three years of bank statements ready to be filed.
Three years of bank statements ready to be filed.

I’m on that, too.

How is your paper clutter contained?

January’s the Time to . . .

.  .  .  do things that need getting done.

Taking down the Christmas decorations is a priority early in January.
Taking down the Christmas decorations is a priority early in January.

This year I had no real plan for January — no to-do list yet we accomplished quite a bit.

Charlie's 6' by 6' greenhouse.
Charlie’s 6′ by 6′ greenhouse.

Charlie received a greenhouse kit for Christmas which took us about the entire month to put together. (Greenhouse 1, Greenhouse 2, Greenhouse 3, Greenhouse Final.)

Before: Offsite Project
Before: Offsite Project
After: Offsite Project
After: Offsite Project

In our defense we took two weeks out to brighten a friend’s pad. (Offsite 2, Offsite 3, 4, 5, Offsite 6 and Finale.)

New curtains in the living room.
New curtains in the living room.

I found some items I’ve been searching for including a new mirror, new curtains, and a new duvet cover.

I'm still looking for a vanity stool for my dressing table.
I’m still looking for a vanity stool for my dressing table.

In addition to hanging the mirror I also put up some art in the master suite.

We had the meeting now we need a contract.
Marble 2″ by 4″ tile in the master bathroom.

I contacted our tile setter to get a price and time for installing backsplashes.  Charlie lugged out leftover tile up from the basement to make sure we would have enough for the project.

The Glade consists of a house and a cottage.
The Glade consists of a house and a cottage (left).

So even without a formal, blog-driven task list we, the merry threesome who live at The Glade, got a fair bit accomplished.

Last February we were having 2 tea parties.
Last February we were having 2 tea parties.

As for February we already have some ideas in the works. Big ideas!

What’s on your list?