During a getting rid of stuff binge I removed the chair that sat in front of this book-case and then rearranged the books in it. I took out 6 I realised I’d never read to go off to new owners and found a few that I had forgotten I bought that look really good! The stack on the left on top are books that I took out of another book shelf to get rid of and then thought I’d like to re-read before sending them off as I’d kept them for so long.
Something I have had a hard time getting past when decluttering is getting rid of things I’ve had for a long time. I guess as they’ve been there for so long I figured I should carry on keeping them. I finally have realised that it’s ok for them to go if I’m not going to use them or I don’t like them. If I’m done with something but just keeping it because I’ve had it a while then it’s ok to let it go. I found this with some tea and coffee jars I’d had for about 17 years, I’ve made good use of them but they don’t fit my needs any more so they can go and fill a gap for someone else now. It’s been that way with books this week, getting rid of things I’ve had for a long time and was keeping only for that reason.
I have started about 3 books from the shelf now but I’m not making much progress. Ui also bought 3 more which are health related so I’m only 3 down even with the decluttering… I did read 4.5 books from my Kindle this month though so at least I’m reading something I guess even though I probably bought that many…
I actually cast on for three new projects this month despite my pledge. The first was the Lacustrine shawl which I saw and just really wanted to knit and I did in a frantic two weeks. The second was Seaview cardigan which was to fill a gap in my wardrobe, I figured it made more sense to use up yarn I had ready for a project rather than buying a black cardigan from Primark to fill the gap. Then right at the end of the month I cast on Early Winter which is a really simple shawl. It’s been in my queue for ages and I bought yarn specifically for it was just the pattern price. Sometimes I just fancy something new and I figure if it stops me buying yarn then that’s ok.
I frogged most of the Bianca jumper as somehow I had gotten turned around in the middle of a row and it was all off. I will pick it up again when I can make it my main project as it needs attention to keep up with where I am in the pattern. I made a lot of progress with the Dalton jumper though and have only ground to a halt because I have to pick up for the sleeves now and I hate doing that. I will force myself soon and then get on and finish it. I’ve been working on the Weasley Patchwork socks too and a doll that I’m making for my son.
I cleaned out the knitting baskets in my bedroom and put some yarn back in stash and moved two projects into bags rather than them getting dusty in an open basket. I feel like I’m making good progress with my knitting goals despite the new projects and I’ve not felt like I’m lacking anything by not buying any yarn. The only money I spent on my knitting this month was for three patterns which is pretty good.
I made some good sewing progress finishing 3 knitting bags, 6 pairs of pyjamas and my cross stitch this month. I bought cross stitch threads for the four seasonal samplers to go with the and stuff to frame the finished one which I will get around to sooner or later now that I’ve washed it and cut the backing board to size.
I started the Spring cross stitch sampler and have 4 of 25 blocks done so far. I think I either have eye strain or need reading glasses though as I’m finding it hard to see the holes in the linen. I have an eye test booked next week so we shall see what’s going on hopefully.
I’m looking forward to getting on with some sewing projects for myself, although what I want to work on next I’m not sure, it keeps changing all the time.
I’m doing pretty well with the tea reduction. I’m down to 6 tea club teas, and that’s including the 4 that arrived this month so that’s great. I’ve also drunk up about 4 other kinds and am getting near the end of at least 2 more. I thought I was done with the mint teabags, but then I looked in the cupboard and found another two boxes…
Speaking of the cupboard, I finally reorganised the food storage how I wanted it.
Top left is in the storage room and it now has just the bulk items, tea and vitamins in it (you can see the almond and soya milk to the left of it, I buy a box at a time from Aldi as it’s the cheapest I’ve found for almond milk to date). Top right is the cupboard in the table in my kitchen and that has replacements for stuff we’re almost out of plus jars and tins. Bottom left is the sideboard in the storage room which now just holds my canning jars and extra storage jars (and until I looked at this picture I had no idea there was an extension cord under there…) and bottom right is the reorganised and decluttered wall shelves in the storage room now that the empty jars are put away. I’m happy with how it all looks and I’ll carry on trying to reduce what’s in the first cupboard.
And I have been reducing what’s in there. I refilled the corn flour and amaranth flour jars getting rid of these packets. I still have one more bag of corn flour from the box of it I bought. I also emptied the dates and raisins into the storage jars and the coconut (I will now never forget that a kilo of coconut is a bloody huge amount). I’ve refilled a few other jars but not finished the bags. I also cooked up the last kilo of black beans and froze them, so I’m pretty happy with how much I worked through this month and hope to continue with the progress.
Of course, as soon as I used stuff up I needed to place an order with Real Foods for other things… Real Foods are in Edinburgh and they have free postage for orders over £24. They are cheaper than my local health food shop and fill the gap on stuff I find it hard to source in the very rural area I live. I got tahini, mayo, barley, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oat bran, bulgur, coffee filters, baking paper (expensive but the best I’ve used to date), rice syrup, white miso and sausages and beans. All of that was £54 which was much lower than if I’d bought it from Tesco or the local shop. I wish they did chilled foods but sadly no. The VBites mozzarella has gone up to over £4 a block now locally which is just stupid. I must remember to check Holland and Barrett for it next time I go.
Talking of expensive, I had been using the Amazing Grass powder on the left. I bought this 100 servings container from Amazon for £39. When I went to order another one the price has gone up to over £70 for the same amount. I know there has been inflation in food prices (I can’t afford to buy organic anymore as it’s moved out of my price range) but to almost double in price in 3 months is bizarre (and it’s not just Amazon, it’s everywhere, the one I bought also wasn’t on sale, it was the regular price at that time). After looking about I’m now using the Life Drink which is £20 for about a month’s worth, so still bloody expensive but the best price I could find for a green juice powder with probiotic in it. If you know a place or brand with good prices please let me know because I really want to keep using green juice powder.
I decluttered some more kitchen stuff too, I keep thinking there’s nothing left to get rid of and then I find three more things I’m now ready to let go of! I’ve thinned my mugs out about 10 times now and I still have tons of them, but it’s a slow process. My porch is stacked full of stuff to be donated so I must make a run very soon, if only so I have room to get rid of more!
So March has been ok, except for being snowed in for a week. Onwards to April and hopefully the weather will warm up a little as all I want to sew right now is summer clothes which is a sure sign that I’m done being cold!