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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I'm ashamed to show you my mess but here it is. . If it makes you feel better then that's good... In the spring of 2008, I was hit another strong blow by the flood and all my ceramic stuff was hastily placed in boxes and taken upstairs and stored in four rooms.  All the closets and shelves were filled and boxes everywhere. Any square inch of box space was filled so things were mixed up pretty badly.

I needed major surgery so I did all I could do and just left things as is until now and carried on in my busy farm life and grandmotherhood.

I need to reclaim this room and every other upstairs room and my garage too.
 Below are boxes filled with bisque. This room used to be a nice little spare kitchen for when my son moved back home and his hours didn't coincided with ours. He cut an opening in the wall and turned the two bedrooms into a small apartment. This is now my dye kitchen, but what a mess.

The boxes never got labeled as there wasn't enough time and they were all stacked the best we could to make them fit so the bigger boxes were under and the lighter one were on top. Everything was OK until I started to try to sort categories. So many boxes were opened and dragged here and there.

This was my son's bedroom, living room.  When he came back home to live with us after living away from home he transformed two bedroom into a small apartment.

 Here you can see that I took the comforter off the bed and use the bed as a working space to hold boxes at a comfortable height for my back.  The many different  glazes and underglazes and paints are sorted by types and by numbers and re-boxed so that all the paints can be seen. The boxes are cut and later will be clear wrapped so no paint bottles will get out of place.

I'm using these two tables to separate the glazes by numbers before boxing.

In the closet by the stove, I've got all the acrelic  paints and antiquing etc in boxes already sorted.

More bisque boxes stacked up by the fridge
 Another view from the kitchen. Finding the right size boxes for the paints is a daunting task. The height must be measured and cut and filling the boxes starts.

Only one section of the closet is shown here.
Every shelves is filled with paints and stuff. I've only shown a portion of my stuff. There are stuff in four rooms upstairs. Even bisque on top of my tall dresser.

 After the danger of flooding is passed I'll take everything back to the basement so it can easily all be carted away. I still have a garage full of molds and a room downstairs with molds and equipment. So yo think that you got lots of mess at your house...

I'm going through with this purging. I'm keeping some santas and nativities to make as gifts and one large nativity for myself but everything must go.  Life was so easy before all this flooding... Who's got time for weeding the garden and hooking?

Thanks for looking me up and leaving a comment.  JB


  1. It leaves me breathless to even think about organizing all this!! Wouldn't it be great if a little 'ceramic fairy' came by and relieved you of all this? Happy sorting, friend ~ I'm sending you lots of positive vibrations to get you thru this!!!

  2. Oh Julia, I am stressed still trying to get everything in our small home after moving. That would be stressful, It seems like life is one constant change after another, My daughter is at the hospital and I had to drive over an hour and a half to get to her home. Megan went into labor early so their trying to stop it. I'll be here for a while.Babies just do what they want. Cheri

  3. Hi Julia,
    My back aches just looking at all of those boxes of things to be moved and dealt with....... And I thought wool took up a lot of space!!
    Hope it all goes smoothly so you can get your lovely space back! Don't feel alone as we all have the too much stuff syndrome at some point in our lives. One day at a time is a good mantra!
    Cathy G

  4. I couldn't do it. Would feel overwhelmed and not be able to accomplish anything. I am sure you will persevere and then you can come and organize my mess at my house!!

  5. Overwhelming is the first word that comes to mind! I know what a determined woman and hard worker you are. You are making sense out of confusion, and doing it well.
    I don't know how you have the energy for this with all your farm chores!

  6. It is a large job and when you are finished you will feel like a new person. You are the hardest worker I know. When I was young my best friend's mom taught cermaics so I have several pieces that I did.

  7. Okay, now that I'm SEEING it, I'd definitely say AUCTION....that way you don't even have to sort through things. Put the things that you want to keep off to the side, tell the's the rest of it, and be done with it in one fell swoop. Keep in mind how much your TIME is worth and how FREE you'll feel once it's gone!

  8. Organizing is terribly overwhelming. I put it off for the longest time, but when I out. Once a good friend asked me to help her pack her house for a major move. I arrived that morning with bagels and coffee and was faced with a kitchen chock full of stuff. She liked to hang on to things! She really hadn't started at all! Well, the movers were coming later that day, so, I sat down and poured a cup of coffee and started in on a bagel. She and another helper were horrified. I said, "Let me have the coffee, then leave this kitchen and go deal with other rooms of the house". I packed and pitched and got everything together in about 3 hours! We still laugh about it!
    You strike me as a gal that dives right in too!!
    Good luck with this major project.

  9. Holy Cow....I agree with Tammy. I feel all anxious just looking at the photos. I would call an auctioneer and hope for the best. You are brave to attempt this yourself.

  10. Wow! Wow!
    It's okay though, "burdens" become light when cheerfully borne. :)

  11. Overwhelming is the word of the day and week! I agree it's auction time. Best of luck with the sorting Julia.

  12. Gosh Julia, that is a ton of work. I would be so overwhelmed I don't know where I would start. You have made a good start and I guess it is how you eat a elephant, one bite at a time.
    Gosh, with all you do and all of that too.
    Thanks for showing us. I find it so interesting. I wish I knew how to use all of that stuff. My Mom did but I never learned.

  13. Julia ~
    Did you own a ceramic studio at one time? That all can't be from a hobby!
    I concur ~ A-U-C-T-I-O-N.
    Hugs :)

  14. Yep Julia, Auction it is.
    So easy, let someone else do the job.
    Best Wishes and I know you will make it through

  15. Hi Julia! What a busy person you've been already! I like how you're going about it. We've been trying to go through our house to get better organized and it has been a slow painful process! I agree with you - life used to be much simpler. Since we started the process I've had less time to hook or cross stitch or even read a book!!! And then add the stressors from work and I'm done by the time I get home! Hope it all goes well for you!

  16. Wow - you have your work cut out for you but looks like you are getting there! What a great space that would be for a rug hooking studio!