Here's something I'm not good at: cleaning out and getting rid of things. To be successful at it, I need to be in a mood where I can put my emotions aside and get down to business. But those moods are few and far between, and typically I shy away from cleaning out. I wonder if upcycling is a solution?
|An upcycled Slouchy Cashmere Hat,
by Sigrid Arnott from the Fall 2012
issue of Stitch.
If I'm not in the mood to clean out, this is my thought process: That sweater I haven't worn in a year or two? I can't get rid of that! I wore it on such and such special day, or, so-and-so bought it for me! That scarf I've never worn? I should save it. I might want to wear it at some point….
I probably get this trait from my depression-era grandmother who was a big saver, re-user, flea marketer, and more. I'm by no means a hoarder, and I like being organized. I probably just attach to much emotion to objects when it comes time to part ways.
When I am in a no-nonsense cleaning mood, I need to just harness that energy and clean out. No stopping for lunch, walking the dogs, or taking a break. Because once I stop, who knows when the mood will strike again (maybe one or two more times per year).
Maybe it's because I'm paying attention to the topic, but I've been seeing a lot of examples of upcycling lately. I hadn't thought much until lately about actually doing any upcycling of clothing or other items myself, but now I'm beginning to think it would be a good option for me.
I have a few clothing items I've pulled out of my closet that I don't wear anymore. A gray knit skirt might be the perfect thing to turn into a mini version for my niece. An old sweater I don't wear? It might make a great pair of mittens for next winter.
Upcycling might be the perfect way to not only re-use items, but to not have to say a permanent goodbye. Perhaps this new way of thinking will help me more easily cast off garments or other items I no longer use. I'll have to start a "To Upcycle" pile.
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What about you? Are you into upcycling? Do you have a hard time cleaning out, like I do? I can't wait to hear.