Many of our spaces are in need of a purge. There's messy build-up in pockets, corners, and rooms. In an attempt to just get a couple of spaces to the point that I could walk into them without cringing, I simply dumped what I could find into laundry baskets or totes and hauled them to my room, with good intentions to get through them in peace and without a little one wandering in and inspecting every item that was in the recycle/toss and giveaway piles.
For the most part, it worked. Except that there is now more messy build-up in my room. Clothes that no longer fit, or need to be mended, or moved to the next stage of their lives (think pants that will now be shorts due to the holes in the knees), were piled on the chest at the foot of my bed. I was feeling that exasperated, cringe-like feeling every time I entered my room now! It turns out there is no escape from it unless it is dealt with once and for all.
So a couple of hours were spent with my sewing machine to reduce the mountainous pile down to a manageable molehill. I think I put together a pretty well-rounded summer wardrobe for my older two, who now have an abundance of shorts.
And what to do with the cut-off legs below the hole? It turns out they are the perfect size for most of the panels in the Indi-go bag pattern that is in Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials. My pile of jeans is now down to this:
Ahhh, now a wee bit more room for clarity!