Tidying Up and Other Shenanigans

I think I’ve mentioned this book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.


Marie Kondo is a rabid declutterer.  Kondo shows us how to get rid of clutter for good. Mostly we move our clutter around and it just comes back. The first step is to get rid of stuff. Kondo has you throw all of your clothes in a pile on the floor, pick each item up and see if it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, it goes in the trash, to Goodwill or Salvation Army or the recycle center. THEN you find a home for whatever items remain. The other trick is to store ALL like items together instead of spread out all over the house. A note about clothes–if this is too overwhelming, start with all of your tops, or all of your pants, (or your underwear). If you’re really overwhelmed, start with all of your socks. Gently fold them and stand them up individually instead of piling them atop each other or rolling the cuffs (ouch).

Winter/holiday sock drawer contents

BEFORE: Winter/holiday sock drawer contents

Winter/holiday socks, gloves

AFTER: Winter/holiday socks, gloves

All my socks in one drawer

All my every day socks in one drawer

Socks, gloves for donation

Unloved socks, gloves for donation

I also have been working on decluttering my studio so the other day I emptied this hanging storage unit in the closet and put everything on my cutting table. I sorted and put all my specialty fabrics back already. My photo disappeared–had an issue with malware again–but here’s the electornics.



Anyway, why do I save packaging for things and why in the heck do we still have a VHS player (with three tapes). I retrieved all of my camera stuff and it’s all in one place now. My recharging cords are in one place so I can easily find them. I hope to have my dining room table back by the end of the week and everything that remains stored in the TV cabinet.

All the stuff on my cutting table? There are little kits from past quilt retreats, small projects that got stalled, samples from classes and demos I’ve done at quilt guild and just stuff that gets shoved in the closet when I “clean” my studio. I am chipping away at this pile. I finished a hot mitt. It’s going to Goodwill along with the pattern. It’s pretty but it’s so big and bulky and I don’t want to give it, sell it or use it. Perhaps it will bring joy to someone else.

Hot Mitt - finished

Hot Mitt – finished

Here’s an unfinished towel that needs a topper. I thought I could easily  make holes with my wing needle, using the sewing machine, but the holes disappeared so I had to make individual holes as I crocheted on the foundation row. I’ll get back to you with a tutorial on how to crochet a towel topper as soon as I figure out a pattern.

Making holes with wing needle

Making holes with wing needle

I’ve been playing with shisha mirrors. I know that’s redundant as shisha is Indian for mirror. My embroidered one is great, the crocheted one–not so much. Also put one in a yo-yo. I’ll get back to you on this experiment. I’m applying them to a free-motion practice piece.



Shisha yo-yo

Shisha yo-yo

So that’s my latest adventures. The weather here has finally cooled off but I’m still hitting the treadmill at the gym 3X a week till I use up my gym pass (after Labor Day) then it should be cool enough to get back out on the walking trails. There’s hiking to be done! And new photos to take!

P.S. I’m trying to think up a new name for my blog/website. It’s elusive thus far. Candy and Candy P are already taken. Le sigh. Till next time, be creative and be kind.


About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

Posted on August 23, 2016, in Miscellaneous, Tidying and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Just how big IS that hot mitt??? 😀 because…sunflowers!! You forgot about the donation center of the daughter. Heeeee. I’m so glad you taught me the beginner version of tidying as I was growing up. Moving so often just reinforced it to a habit. (Although I must have sock-iopathic tendencies, because I like folding cuffs. Keeps the little suckers in line while their home is 3 layers deep.) and next time I need shishas for a costume, I know who I’m calling. Do you hand or machine do that? Xxxooo


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