Fall is a great time to get organized. Soon we’ll be spending more time indoors. Isn’t a clean spacious house that smells of apples and cinnamon welcoming?
My Get Organized in One Weekend to-do list included:
- Purge clothes
- Purge my homemade knitted and crochet items
- Trim dog nails
I started my weekend organizing with a trip to Goodwill on Friday. Maybe I would find something to help me organize, like bins or baskets.
Instead I found a fantastic vintage craft book called Greystone’s Creative Hands. It offered valuable advice like, “Remember, you will need to buy more yarn if you want to make the scarf longer.” (Italics mine. Note the use of the word, need.)
At home, I went through my collection of homemade scarves. I realized I only had 17. I didn’t have a single one that was six feet long, red and based on a pattern from 1974, as shown in my new (old) book.
I knew I immediately needed to get to work on it. I could use up my scrap yarn. I had two partial skeins of red. Perfect! I cast on and started knitting.
In between knitting, I went through my clothes. I decided I would no more than five of anything, with the exception of homemade scarves. Five dress shirts, five dress pants, five long-sleeve V-necks. My closet and drawers now only have clothes that meet the criteria (“Does it make me look and feel good? Would I buy it today?”) from this handy list from White House Black Shutters.
Two partial skeins would be nowhere near enough. After church on Sunday, I stopped by the craft store. I knew if I was going to make a six-foot scarf, I would need to get more yarn.
Of course, I got two jumbo-sized skeins. I wouldn’t want to run out mid-project, would I?
Back home. Back to work on the six-foot scarf. I heard the dog nails click as I knitted. But this scarf isn’t going to knit itself.
My top tip for getting your house organized in a weekend? Start a project that uses your scrap yarn like I did!
I’m starting the week feeling really proud of my organizing skills. Good luck with your fall cleaning—hope it goes as well as mine did.
PS–check out my very special knitting assistant
Lord, help us to know and accept ourselves as we are.
Bless our hands to your service and our homes to your glory.
Tell me your thoughts!
What would you like to accomplish this fall? Any home organizing plans? Or six-foot red scarf making in your future?
11 thoughts on “My best tip for organizing your house in one weekend”
Thanks! 😀 She is quite the help.
Sounds like a good plan to me. We just moved and took bags and bags of stuff to Goodwill so I think I’m good this year. Cool! Now I can enjoy a beautiful fall leaf season in a new place. I do have a 6 foot red scarf by the way, but it was made by my aunt. I’m only 5’2″ so needless to say I have to wrap it around my neck a few times, but that thing is warm. 🙂
Yes! That makes me happy to know you have a scarf like that. 😀 Thanks for your comment, and I hope you have a cozy fall season.
Thank you! I appreciate my good fortune 😀 He was happy to read your comment.
You now KNOW that red is my fave!! Gotta get purging myself as I am moving soon..,.aargh! Simple…..is good. Have a great day G! Xoxoxo
Barbara, it’s true–you look like a classic movie star in red!
I agree. Simple is good 😀 God bless you as you prepare for your move!
How funny – I’ve just been thinking about doing a major purge myself. Your info and the article link you gave is exactly what I needed. Your post has perfect timing! No 6-foot red-scarf making in my future, but I do have a 6-foot long aztec scarf that I love. Happy almost fall!
Nice! We have a six-foot scarf club going! Good luck on your fall cleaning that will make space for all the blessings coming your way. ❤
P.S. Your pictures (and that kitty!) are so sweet. You should definitely blow them up, and frame the series!