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Here We Go Again

It's that time of year again. The Sewing Room Declutter Challenge starts on Jan 1, 2023. You can register for the daily prompts on my website at this link here.

Many quilters ask me if I declutter every January. And the answer is YES!!!

It’s been a funny year. If you had asked me in August how my sewing space worked for me, I would have said amazing. Everything had a spot. The clutter was tamed and I had some quilt finishes that I was proud of.

But something happened after my trip to Holland. My brain just ground to a halt. There is not one particular thing I can point to other than just too many tasks and events combined with a change in season, family moving away and just too much stuff in my space.

I’ve been beating myself up about it, but I realized something surprising. As I was reviewing my notes from last year, I found that in December 2021, I had been in a muddle from my dog Mando breaking his leg and needing two months of care. At the end of 2020, we were in quarantine with all that mess. And at the end of 2019, I was shutting down our business and retiring so life was crazy with packing, tossing and moving. I can probably go back 20 years and find that by each and every December there would be a reason I was running on empty.

And unfortunately, running on empty leads to clutter. So January is a good time, after the holidays, after the family gatherings, after the buying frenzies, to reset. It’s time to clear out the garbage, the unwanted and unnecessary. And use that newfound space to springboard ourselves into 2023.

I hope that you will join me because it’s going to be great.

And in case you missed it, last week I dropped my Quilter's Gift Guide for 2022. You can check it out here.

Also, I have my last Zoom Stitch n’ Chat of the year coming up on Sunday, December 4th for my Karen’s Quilt Crew members. Karen’s Quilt Crew is a membership subscription on my YouTube channel. As a member, you receive perks such as access to the Stitch n’ Chats, participation in member-only polls, receive a discount on merch, and more! Sign up today here.

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