I have found an appropriate age-range Boy Scout troop to which I’ll donate my general craft supplies (felt pipe cleaners, various funky shaped confetti, glass pebbles and other oddments), and the surplus yarn will go to a friend who makes hats for a food bank in Chicago. I still daydream about knitting something with the luxurious red yarn I have, but after a few false starts I have to admit that knitting may just not be for me (even with the knitting loom).
I’m also working on my office a bit as well. Old meeting notes from five years ago for a software we no longer use? Outdated industry journal articles? To the recycle bin they go! (Not to mention 40,000 fast-food napkins stuck in a file drawer and offshoots from a Very Prolific Office Plant that have been growing in a water bottle since I moved into this office a year ago.)
Of course, all this sorting and cleaning has some negatives- such as discovering just how many dead cockroaches there are under my office desk (Death Toll: 3 and counting, ick). Plus, sorting beads means that, oops! I made a bracelet.
I have been trolling organization websites (I’m looking at you, Real Simple) and stumbled across the ice-cube-tray as earring organiser idea and am definitely going to do that. I have so much jewellery that I don’t use, and others that I wear over-and-over. The plan is to put what I wear in the tray and anything that I haven’t worn when the trays are full will be donated. I’m working on a similar approach to outgrown clothes (which is an even bigger issue than the jewellery). MIL was asking for organising bins for Mother’s Day, so we’re going to visit the organiser’s mecca, The Container Store, next weekend. Whee!