The point of purging is to actually get rid of things. Nike shoe box – next.
Inside……not shoes, but layers of upholstery swatches. I went through them like a heart reminiscing her first love. Textures through my fingers, colors for my soul. Wait! Snap out of it! They’re swatches! What on earth was I going to do with them? I threw the box on the stairs until I had finished loading another pile of laundry in the washing machine.
Once upon a time I had a fabric sale to raise money to purchase sewing machines for the community at the Seed of Hope home in Bekulwandle in South Africa. This small offering of swatch “things” wouldn’t raise enough pennies to buy a door knob, but I couldn’t just throw them out – could I?
I could use them in my framing? Perhaps sew a quilt? Wait! Doesn’t that mean the shoebox gets moved off the shelf downstairs to yet another shelf in my shop? How long did it sit downstairs unattended and neglected? How long will it sit out there gathering dust? That’s it – the swatches are going.
And I’m making a list to help me determine what stays and what goes, from here on in!
1. Is it useful for consumption? No. Hmm – new foodie fabric salad?
2. Is it useful for financial gain? No. If fabric swatches were equal to gold bars maybe.
3. Is it useful at all? Yes, but someone else can figure that out.
If the answer is no for two out of these three questions – you must immediately take what ever the “thing” is and put it into the back of your car. As soon as you run errands up town, you must take it to the nearest thrift shop quickly – in fact – run. Then go out and celebrate! But what ever you do, make sure it’s in a disposable container! Bring no-thing home with you.
Some fun quotes:
Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not a piece of advice, it is merely a custom. —Mark Twain
If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.” —Phyllis Diller