Spring Cleaning in June

This cleaning thing has turned into a major project, and from all of your comments in my last post it sounds like I’m not alone. It’s good to know that others are out there sorting through stacks of accumulated “must haves” too! How on earth do we pile up so many things, and how do so many things manage to get right where we need to work? The perfect example is my collection of rotary cutters. I am NOT to blame for this…the Olfa Corporation is.

How could they keep adding “”limited edition” colors and expect us not to buy one? What if all our friends bought one and we didn’t get in on the deal? I have two work stations, each with a collection of rotary cutters, and then I have the traveling ones that go to classes with me, this all adds up to a LOT of rotary cutters. My cleaning frenzy has brought this to my attention because now I’m on the hunt for the perfect container for my rotary cutters and Olfa is to blame. All I can say is they BETTER not come out with another color.

Right in the middle of my organizing phase, I got an email from Restoration Hardware. Guess what? They have a new collection called Baby & Child. http://www.rhbabyandchild.com/rhbc/catalog/category/category.jsp?navAction=jump&navCount=16&categoryId=rhbc I can see they’ll be added to my list of companies to blame very soon. Just look at these storage boxes! Pink of course.

And these pink suitcases! For storage only, but don’t you love them? Too bad they don’t hold rotary cutters LOL!


My next thing to tackle is the magazines. Those are MUCH worse than the rotary cutters and I have to spend some time sorting through all stacks. I have a sorting system that works for me and I’ll share it with you in my next post.

Please don’t tell me if you buy the pink suitcases. I’ve already spent too much money on the pink boxes with the dots…had I just known this “baby” would have these! (:

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  • ozjane - Have the magazines perfect, I should blog about it tomorrow and show how poor Moggie had to end up in prison because she tried so hard to either help out, or failing that get my attention.

    And it shames me to say, that I have a worse collection of rotary cutters than that. My only defense is that a number of them we included as inducements in magazine subscriptions.
    I have a photo somewhere and fear I have added two more since then.
    I love all those pink things. I hate hot lolly fuschia pink but love the soft pink shades and those are delightful.ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - Gosh, how have I missed all those rotary cutters — I must need to get out more LOL! I CAN’T WAIT to see your magazine organization tips — and hopefully they’re speedy too, ’cause I’m being quickly buried in my magazines and just can’t face them — too much work! Love those pink boxes and suitcases — can’t wait to see them in your studio LOL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Since we are all coming clean here about our excessive collections, one of mine is scissors. Love ’em and cannot resist when I find a new brand or design. I do think of all of them my Dovos are my favorites. Have two pair one at my sewing machine and one pair for my hand work needlebag. There, now I feel much better!
    LouiseReplyCancel

  • Roses and Lilacs - I recently picked up a box very like one of those for scrapbooking supplies. Love it.

    Enjoying your site.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - ohhhlala, those suitcases! If they were red I might be at the website right now. I have a problem with the omigrid rulers. I have so many but I do use them all. I have 2 cutters I love and the rest not so much. It is nice to clean and and discover things we have.ReplyCancel

  • Jean C. - O.K. where were these people when I was having my girls??? Of course I would have had to have $ and a place to put all the lovelies… makes a person want to have another baby just because of all the cute stuff! NOT! 4 is good and the youngest is 23 tomorrow… guess I will just have to buy when we get more grandkids! So cute… now I have to send this web address to some of the neices that are having little ones!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - The Restoration Hardware baby collection is fabulous…I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago…it is simple and very elegant with the great and classic bee pattern in simple colors. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • yellowfarmhouse - Oh I have the same problem with scissors. Goodness I have lots of those. I’m slowly trying to weed out the “don’t need all this” so much anymore. It’s amazing how fast things pile up. Good Luck on the organizing – your not alone :)

    Hugs – KarenReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Well at least you know you will never be without a cutting tool. You can sleep easy on that one. The magazines were my recent conquest. I went to a retreat a few weeks ago where they were having a magazine swap. It forced me to go through my various quilting magazines and bring the ones I no longer wanted or needed. I did not take any from the humongous pile just left mine. So my studio is just an eensie bit tidier.ReplyCancel

  • mary - Since we are all coming “clean,” I think I should confess my obsession with thread – can you really ever have enough? What if you are sewing at midnight and don’t have a color you need? Better to be safe and buy every color you find :0)ReplyCancel