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Tuesday Tip: Coffee Filters for Thread Bits

Hey! It’s a Tuesday Tip! It’s only been about 2 years since I posted one of these, but I recently discovered a great way to keep your thread bits contained.

Tuesday Tip: Use a coffee filter to keep your threads contained as you work

I used to use one of those pin cushion/thread catcher things, but you know what- those dangling thread catcher bags are at the perfect height for toddlers to pull down.¬† Ask me know I know ūüėȬ† So now I’m terrible about just throwing threads on the ground.¬† And since the studio is carpeted, it’s difficult to vacuum & just a mess to deal with really (but that hasn’t kept me from changing my habits any!)

I was recently given a bag of trims, etc for my classes & in there where some coffee filters. My original thought was to use them for my collage classes, but I saw them as I was about to clip a bunch of threads from a quilt that was on the longarm. Bingo! I can put all the threads in a filter & just throw the filter away!

I’ve even started using them for those tiny fabric bits that happen when you trim a bazillion half square triangles for a Bear’s Paw block :)

So now I wonder what else I can put in coffee filters to contain small messes.

A Cleaning Routine

Flylady is full of *&*#$%.
For me a least.
I came to this realization a few weeks ago when I finally became fed up with my messy house.  Being the incredibly analytical person I am, I started to think through WHY I was unable to keep a clean house on the Flylady system & it all came down to the 15 minutes of cleaning premise.
Note:  This is not going to be a Flylady bashing post, instead this is about how I came to figure out how I needed to keep a house.
If you’re not familiar with Flylady, her basic idea is that everything can be done in 15 minutes a day.¬† Sounds great, right?
And I do really like that idea- it works great for straightening up every evening, going through those piles of overwhelming clutter, etc.¬† But for some reason I couldn’t keep the house clean.¬† It still always felt like I was battling cat hair and dirt & chasing after cleaning supplies.
The most frustrating part was knowing that, in previous stages of my life, I kept a fairly clean house¬†& most of all- I LIKE keeping a house!¬† I’m one of those few women in the world who loves the fact that I get to stay home to keep the house running!¬† I’m also one of those women who read Home Comforts front to back when she was in high school!¬† So what was my problem?
Well, what did I do then?
Back then, I used to take one day a week (usually Saturday) and clean every nook & cranny, do all the laundry, then collapse on the couch after 3 hours and enjoy the clean smells.
So why didn’t I just do the same thing in our current house?
Well, first of all our current house is as least twice as big as any of those places.
Then, I did actually try to do that one day, big clean, but again, with all this space, no matter how hard I tried- it took about 8 hours & I was horribly exhausted (& let’s be honest- probably pretty B*&$%Y too).
Then, in a moment of cleverness (or divine inspiration?), I realized what would work.
First of all, I assembled my cleaning bucket (see pic above).  This would have everything I need as I go from room to room cleaning.
Then, I would break the house into 2 parts- upstairs & downstairs.  One week I would scour upstairs, the next downstairs & so on.
During that designated day, I would do all the laundry, so no longer would clean clothes be sitting in the laundry basket, waiting 2 weeks to be folded.
I’ve been on this routine now for 3 weeks & so far, it’s been going great!¬† Now it just takes me 2 hours to scrub & I finally have that large sense of accomplishment I was missing with the Flylady system.
And that sense of accomplishment is what I needed- the 15 minute thing didn’t feel like an achievement of any kind & it was too much to do the whole house in one go.
The part that amazes me is that it’s taken me 2 years living in this house to figure this out!!¬† Yeesh!