Sunday, January 10, 2010

Introducing Project: Project

So lately I have been figuring out some things. Lemon Cadet is going to see some change.

The background: Little by little, after almost 6 years here, our tiny house has started coming together. I asked myself how it was happening and it took me a while to remember that a couple of months ago, Mr. Lemon and I agreed to keep the kitchen table clean. What was once a huge pile of mail and newspaper inserts and hats and gloves and my bag and cookbooks and magazines is now a clean yellow surface. That clean spot spread to the hutch against the wall, then the side table next to the couch in the living room and then the mantle above the fireplace. What used to be this huge pile of dread that sat there sucking my life away into its vacuum of procrastination, is now where we eat dinner. And cool cookies (since we have no counter space). And decide what coffee cake recipe to make. And pin quilt pieces together.

Now I'm not saying that I'm some organization queen. In fact, that photo above depicts about 15 seconds in the life of that countertop. There's a lot going on in that space right now. And we have some messy closets and one earthquake aftermath of a basement.

But it seems I've been able to start cleaning up this mess. I have just been doing it a little at a time. And I feel a lot more free. I've been doing projects like a maniac. We have been decorating -- making the transition from living like messy college students to like adults or something. I've been sewing lots of great things and designing and taking pictures of it all.

I'm giving it a year. Project: Project is going to chronicle the new action. Look for more frequent posts (I promise they will not be this long) and tutorials, interviews and the results of my OCD research. As always, I'll continue to post about all the craftiness that I'm up to with a little bit more information on the process (pattern review), the results (what I had to change to make it work), and the accidents (happy or not). I'm really excited about this and am looking forward to it. My goal is that others will be motivated to start on some projects of their own.

Tomorrow: A bit about me.

Soon after: Some projects.

Stay tuned.


iSew said...

I love this. I may just have to do the same thing. And I completely know what you mean about the piles. That sort of thing drives me bananas and Mr. Monkey doesn't even see it. *sigh*

Anyway, this is an excellent idea and I wouldn't be surprised if I copied you. Is that okay? hehe

Beth Lemon said...

Thanks. I think your blog is awesome already. I don't think you need to change a thing!

Shannon said...

*Love* your kitchen. Even if it is just 15 seconds of it. ;D

We're kind of going through the same thing right now. One of my big goals for this year is to rid my home of clutter. It's amazing how much stuff we have accumulated over the years.

And I'm right there with you on doing it a little at a time. I started a 365 Declutter Challenge to help keep me focused on it. You can read more about it on my blog, if you're interested: