No, It’s Not an Episode of Hoarders.

I had a vision of how things would go in October. I knew it would be a ton of work but  I could definitely do it.  I closed the shop for the last time before heading off to teach at Rhinebeck. i was gone for about a week and then when i got home I had 10 days to clean everything out of the store and bring it home before I left on Halloween for 2 weeks in England.

It was a small store. All of the fleeces would live in the garage and everything else would fit into the room that I forced Lou to move out of. I would bring things home little by little and put them in their spots and the house would always be pretty clean and organized.

It turns out that my spacial talents are non-existent. Also my idea of how long things take is way off. We were running out of time and so things just came home and were piled. A room full of stuff was taken to Michelle’s house for short term storage (lots of it is still there). Jillian and Carla came in January and spent a whole day with me. We made ginormous progress but then more fleeces arrived and I am hesitant to throw them in the garage with the other fleeces but I really need to find a spot to work in my new studio.

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This is the studio where I am meant to write and ship things and prepare for classes.

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Another view of the room where the work is supposed to happen.

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And one more view.  you might be able to see why i’m working from my bed more often than not.

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This is a view of our dining room. That stuff shouldn’t be in there.

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More dining room.

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And finally the room which is supposed to be my personal fiber room. You can see it’s not all personal.

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And from the other end.

I’m not sure how this will ever be fixed but I am determined to get it done. Chelsea will be here tomorrow to help dig out in the studio. I’ll keep you updated.

maple bacon cupcakes

So after all of that chaos there needs to be a little uplifting. Gluten Free Maple Bacon Cupcakes made by my friend Dana and won for not a little money at last night’s camp fund raiser at church. They are delicious. I think the recipe is from Pinterest.


13 thoughts on “No, It’s Not an Episode of Hoarders.”

  1. Mary

    How do you keep your stash moth free?

    1. In my dyed and processed fibers I keep most of it in the light and I move it around a lot. Moths hate light and air so the worst thing you can do is put it in the dark in cramped space. Things that have to be in the dark or in corners are kept in containers so that if moths happen they are quarantined and they don’t spread around. I am not paranoid of moths. They are a fact of life and so I do all I can to keep them away but if the bad things happen I don’t try to salvage the affected fiber. All fibers nearby are then either baked or frozen to make sure nothing springs up.

  2. Rae

    Ok, you win! Granted I had to minimize to move half way across the country when closing my shop, so less was kept.
    (and I’m totally looking up the recipe for those cupcakes, they look fabulous!)

  3. Michelle

    I LOVE the pictures, Beth! I laugh thinking of what an episode of Hoarders would be like and how they would handle that wool huffing addiction!

  4. Louise Mercer

    Look like my work room. The “someone came in turned it upside down and shook it”.

  5. Greg Cotton

    Man! I really think you should consider opening a shop, Beth!

  6. Lisa C.

    Oh Beth, I can’t wait to show you pictures of my stash. I spread out from a 2 car garage (The Studio) to fill up a 2 bedroom condo I inherited, that is the Fiber Studio. I feel your intended vision. I’ll see you in at the DFW FiberFest in a few weeks. I’ll be in your classes.

  7. For the love of all that’s good in this world please don’t tell DH that I think your home looks just lovely to be so accommodating. He’s afraid of my own tendencies, and also my strong pull towards Great Wheels in dining rooms. GL organizing!

  8. Faina

    Why don’t you open a store? I mean brick and tartar? Your home will soooo spacious!

  9. Oh, I’m so glad you posted those pics. Especially as you posted the update of the newly organized space as well. It gives me hope.
    The fiber and fiber related items are slowly taking over my house. Okay, maybe not so slowly considering I first learned to spin just barely 2 years ago. We went from the fairly well contained yarn stash that was fairly well organized upstairs, to spinning wheels in the parlor (we actually have one), the sitting/living room being a sort of gauntlet course to reach the couch (if there’s available sitting space) and 2 wheels migrating into the kitchen with a drum carder on the dining room table. My enclosed porch has been pressed into storage for raw fleeces now. I don’t even have the excuse of a store to stash things for.
    My husband is so extremely accomodating. He recently asked if he needed to clear out space in the garage for more fleeces. I keep telling myself no more fleeces until I’ve processed some of what I have, but then a rare fleece will come up for sale and I cave. I’m so glad your store allows one to buy portions of fiber instead of the whole fleece so that I can try some of the rare fibers without committing to a whole fleece.

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