Sort of Spring Cleaning

Not that it is sort of spring, at least not here. I know there are other places that are still going through the 90 &8457; days followed by freezing temperatures the next day. But it is fully spring here, so that is not why this is only sort of spring cleaning.

More like I have never actually been bothered to clean things out in the spring. Ok, I don’t do much cleaning very often anyway, but you already knew that. I do get bitten by the clean up bug about random things occasionally, though.

Take my closet, for example. I’ve been trying to find the best way to keep up with my “clean out the closet every three months” goal. I had been using pictures taken “almost” every day (read: once a week when it was time for laundry), but that was getting to be too much of a hassle and taking up a lot of space in my pictures folder.

Enter the spreadsheet. Or, should I say, spreadsheets. I created a file in numbers for all my clothes, divided it into worksheets for each main category (shirts, pants, shoes, etc.), and created tables for each sub-category on each worksheet. Yesterday I even (finally) came up with the brilliant idea to add a count row at the bottom. For those looking to do the same thing, using checkboxes to keep track of each piece of clothing being worn, use the formula =COUNTIF(b3:b7, TRUE) in each count box. Of course, be sure to use the actual cells that create the boundaries for what you want to count in place of b3 and b7.

The other thing I started cleaning up is what I call my “yarn leftovers”. Those are the bits and pieces you have left over after completing a project. I have decided to wind my significant leftovers into hanks and label them with a tag tied on by some “waste yarn” (leftovers that are under 1 gram, usually used for tying things or making a provisional cast on). I even created nice labels with a little leftover container on them that you can download if you want to have a label for your own yarn. It includes space for yarn name, color, weight, and length. You don’t have to tie it to the yarn, either. You could safety pin it to a ball of yarn, stick it in the plastic bag or tape it to a plastic box, or any other way you like to store your yarn.

Click here to download the labels in a single PDF sheet.

DIY Friday: Halloween T-shirt

One of the little ones I watch is at the age where he is really starting to get into holidays and recognize their signs. This leads to a lot of, “I know why they have pumpkins/ghosts/skeletons. It’s almost Halloween!” every time we are out. Not just once a trip either, but every window or yard we pass that is decorated.

All this talk of pumpkins and Halloween gave me an idea:

Halloween T-shirts for both boys. And they were so fast to create, I thought I would share step-by-step instructions. Click here to download a PDF complete with templates to cut out the felt pieces.

All you need is a plain, dark t-shirt, some craft felt, embroidery thread, scissors, and a needle. If you know how to do a basic running stitch, you are good to go. If you don’t know, here is a good tutorial.

Let me know in the comments if there are any issues with the file. Also, leave a link in the comments below if you make one of these or tweet me pictures @caseykayb. I’d love to see your version.

P.S.: I’m thinking of starting a weekly series of posting either my own DIY tutorials or links to some I’ve found that I’ve done. If you have any suggestions of things I should check out, let me know!