Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Goals

I do make New Year's Resolutions, but I'm not going to bore you with them. Usually after a couple of months, I've forgotten all the ones I make anyway. This year I'm doing something a little different, and hopefully I'll be able to actually accomplish a few things. In fact, I'm going to try to keep a list of the things I actually accomplish each month -- this will be quilt related things as well as other goals. I always have the resolution of getting the entire house deep cleaned -- and I always get one room done before I burn out because it takes me all day or two days to do one room. I still have that resolution -- but I'm going to attack the elephant one nibble at a time! Today's nibble was Steph's old walk-in closet (this room is going to be my second sewing/craft room upstairs, so I guess I can quit calling it Steph's room!) Our builders built the steps to the attic in here with the idea of being able to store things on them -- they are wide and deep.

Anyway, it was pretty trashed because I dumped all the boxes/bags for wrapping gifts all over the floor when I was looking for something in a hurry. The first three pictures are the before.




There's also a window in this closet (because it made the outside of the house look better!). We moved into this house a couple weeks after Steph graduated from high school. She basically was only here summers for a few years when she went to college and a few months before she moved to Wisconsin. I should probably put a shade in the window, but I've just had curtains up instead. But, that is the reason I have old rugs covering the luggage -- I don't want sun damage on them. I did wash the curtains and the window today, as well as do all the woodwork in here. I also folded up the Pack n Play that was in the room and put a couple of other things in here that were taking up space. So the next 3 pictures are the after. The books on the shelves are the quilt binders I've just reorganized and I've put half a shelf of cookbooks in here as well. As I sort through my recipes, I will be decluttering a lot of cookbooks!




Only took me 2-1/2 hours to do this and I actually thought about doing the rest of the room today, but that would defeat the purpose of taking it one step at a time and only taking a nibble of the elephant!
And, having done this today, tomorrow I can actually get back to some quilting! I'm not making any resolutions about stashbusting or ufo's this year -- I'm going to work on whatever I feel like working on. And I love working on scrap quilts, so I'll be busting stash anyway. And I did manage to load Steph's Christmas present (the Valentine wall hanging) on the machine yesterday, so that will be one of my first projects to finish.
Gratitudes:
The feeling of accomplishment and being productive.
This is the last day of 2008!
Working through the thoughts in my head!



2 comments :

boutcrazy said...

Oh, it looks great. We have our guest room back and this is going to be my project tomorow...turn it into a really nice craft storage room and study. I'll have to do some before/after pictures...I'll post only if I get to do this!

Cher said...

I like your plans for 2009! I agree, I am not setting goals about my quilting other than to do what gives me joy to work on. The closet looks wonderful! well done