My happy place, otherwise known as the Knit Nook, was looking a little sad. She was in desperate need of a thorough spring cleaning. And by thorough, I mean drastic.
I removed ALL OF THE YARN from the shelves and filled about 20-25 kitchen sized garbage bags of yarn. Then I washed all the shelves - top to bottom and side to side until everything smelled and looked good as new. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap pictures of the emptiness, probably because it looked so dreary. *CORRECTION - I posted pictures of the empty Knit Nook HERE. Even BF who sometimes takes phone calls in the Knit Nook commented that it wasn't very cheery without the yarn.
Yesterday, I set out to finish my field day of the Knit Nook. The happiest part of the entire room was reorganized and categorized in ROYGBIV order (sort of). My 200+ palette yarns just bring the room to life.
Curious George doesn't look so crowded anymore.
I even found some hidden treasures. I really need to knit these Scouts in Boy Scout and Venturing uniforms.
And the baby yarn section and special projects area are manageable once more.
I set aside three bags full to donate to local knitting charities; this batch to put in my more permanent storage (e.g. plastic bins in the basement with lavender sachets for extra protection). I also have one bag of various yarns that is going into an auction basket for our Boy Scout gala silent auction next week.
So there you have it. My Happiest Place on Earth is back to emitting joy and happiness to everyone who sees it. My neighbors comment on it when they see me. All their daughters want to come knit (and I openly invite them to stop by for a visit). My girlfriends all want to show their husbands - probably to say "See, I ONLY want one bookshelf for my yarn stash... not an entire room!"
I probably should have waited until daylight for better photos with natural sunlight, but I was so excited about the spring cleaning that I had to share this with you. Want to come over to knit and sit a spell?