Out they go

@JudyEv (108508)
Bunbury, Australia
October 25, 2017 5:53pm CST
I read a post by Susan (@HazySue) about decluttering. They are seriously thinking about moving so are cutting down on their belongings. We are thinking about having to move too but hopefully not for a year or two. However I thought it a good idea to start decluttering especially as I have lately acquired quite a few things from our family home. I inherited some nice doyleys, some of which would be over 100 years old. I have some of my own crochet cloths and doyleys too. I’ve now been through them all and washed and starched most. As you can see, some I’ve tacked onto card. We are going to a car boot sale (Aussie boot = US trunk) at the end of November and hopefully I’ll see some of them there. I’ve just kept a few including a very wobbly dressing table set (one large, two small pieces) which was my first effort. I told my Mum I hadn’t had time to learn to crochet while on holiday but then surprised her with it. For some reason it made her cry.
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@Gillygirl (16443)
• Sutton, England
25 Oct
It can be hard to decide what to keep. I finished clearing the contents of two homes earlier this year. Good luck with the boot sale. Lovely pieces of crocheting in your photo.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
Thanks and yes, it is difficult to know what to keep. Part of the problem is that both our boys live miles away and won't be able to take anything of any size when we go. So it will make it easier for them if we go a bit minimalistic now.
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@kobesbuddy (28432)
• East Tawas, Michigan
25 Oct
Our mothers are always pleased, when their daughter carries on a family talent! Crocheting is very beautiful, my mother use to do this, when she was younger.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
I enjoyed it at the time. I started off with cotton crochet then went on to doing a lot of woollen items. I also supplied a craft shop at one time.
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@kobesbuddy (28432)
• East Tawas, Michigan
26 Oct
@JudyEv My sister did that for a while, she made purses for a craft shop.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
@kobesbuddy It isn't good money really but I enjoyed doing it.
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@Juliaacv (26047)
• Canada
26 Oct
Oh, don't part with those. They are just beautiful, and travelling to Australia is just too far for me to go and buy them! What about rolling them up on a empty cardboard roll from wrapping paper and putting and elastic band around them? Then you can easily store them until your new home, and there you may enjoy them.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
I have kept some but I had a box full from about three generations. I just can't keep them all.
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@Juliaacv (26047)
• Canada
26 Oct
@JudyEv That's understandable then.
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@shivamani10 (11156)
• Hyderabad, India
27 Oct
@JudyEv Oh...you are really great to preserve such things. No doubt, they are valuable pieces of fine art and finish. We cannot keep and preserve them in large numbers. They only occupy space and do not provide room to the new ones.
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@acelawrites (10866)
• Philippines
26 Oct
They're beautiful. It would make one sad to part with them especially the ones that are considered heirlooms.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
There is no-one in the family who wants them. I have kept a few but hopefully someone will appreciate them.
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@acelawrites (10866)
• Philippines
26 Oct
@JudyEv I hope your family members will get them all.
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• United States
26 Oct
Those are really beautiful doyleys and it's a shame to part with them. I have many too which my mom wouldn't part with and they aren't ever going to get used.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
It's okay if you have someone to pass them on to but my boys won't want them. At least they might but they both live so far away I can't see them taking much back with them after they bury us.
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@Deepizzaguy (9152)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Oct
My relatives and myself get rid of items we do not need to a local charity that could use it like Goodwill and other smaller charities in town.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
We are doing that with a lot of items but there has been a lot of effort put into these and some are very old. so I thought I would allow collectors the chance to purchase them.
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@thelme55 (13082)
• Germany
26 Oct
They are beautiful. I have some crocheted centerpieces I made myself in the 80´s. They are old fashion now but they bring back old memories while making them.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
My cousin uses hers all the time but most people don't bother with them.
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@thelme55 (13082)
• Germany
29 Oct
@JudyEv I am using some crocheted centerpieces on my living room cupboard. For me, they are beautiful. I put photo frames with our photos on top of these centerpieces.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Oct
@thelme55 I have some on the surfaces of china cabinets and bedside tables so I do use a few.
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
26 Oct
My mom made those all the time, her sister loved them and has a huge pile my mom made for her and uses them all the time. My mom is deceased so they are very special to my aunt. I never learned how to crochet but my sister do.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
It is a shame to get rid of them but I don't feel that I have much option .
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
27 Oct
@JudyEv I can understand that. My aunt already told me she wants to give them to me because my mom made them. She told me she told her daughter to give them to me when she passes away. At this point she can't part with them.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Oct
@fishtiger58 Some things I'm trying to clear go in the 'too hard' section of my head and get put away for another time.
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@HazySue (18513)
• United States
26 Oct
Your collection of doilies are very pretty. Some of them look really delicate. Hope you find more. Don't get rid of them, they are so lovely.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
Haha, I don't want more - I want less! I am keeping some but I have a boxful. I can't keep them all.
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@HazySue (18513)
• United States
27 Oct
@JudyEv it's too bad we have limited space.
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@1hopefulman (22659)
• Canada
26 Oct
They are very pretty! You touched your mother's heart with what you did and she shed tears of joy.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
I suppose so. Mothers are funny creatures, aren't they?
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@1hopefulman (22659)
• Canada
26 Oct
@JudyEv Yes they are but most have a soft heart when it comes to their children.
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@ebanreb (5977)
• Philippines
25 Oct
Wow this is great. Table dressing set cool.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
Thanks. I'm glad you like it. Do many people in the Philippines crochet?
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@ebanreb (5977)
• Philippines
26 Oct
@JudyEv Yes. My grand mother use to crochet.
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@FayeHazel (13470)
• United States
26 Oct
Those are nice, but it's true clutter is a real issue. THat's sweet about your mom
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
Mums are strange creatures sometimes, aren't they?
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• China
26 Oct
Those handicrafts are excellent! The doyleys made over 100 years ago can be called antiques.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
There is some drawn lace work which you don't see very often nowadays.
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@kepweng (7382)
26 Oct
wow nice do you plan to Sell those stuff?
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
Yes, hopefully I'll sell some at a market day.
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@shivamani10 (11156)
• Hyderabad, India
26 Oct
Great job. ..still keeping hundred years old ones at home. I throw articles if they do not come for use within 3 years. I made it a practice. I recently decided to transform some articles and made some useful ones. Even they also will be thrown out if they do not serve the purpose. But, they are giving good service. Recently, removed old paint boxes, tins, cans, oil lamps, old glasses, some plastic materials kept in the storeroom and kept it clean. This is good for our health and also for driving out negative energy in the house.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
I agree with you completely. I go through drawers and cupboards from time to time and each time I find more things that I don't need and have no use for.
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@Kandae11 (30715)
26 Oct
It is a very good idea to start the decluttering from now.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
It will be difficult for our boys to clear out the house if we have too much stuff. They live many miles away and I don't really want nice things going in a skip bin. I thought I'd try to get rid of things now.
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@shaggin (32940)
• United States
25 Oct
I wonder if anyone makes those beautiful intricate doilies anymore. I had many of my grandmothers on ny dressers over the years but got sick of looking at the same thing all the time so I gave them back to my mother. They sure had to have taken along time to make. My grandmother made bedspreads and table clothes that matched. The pineapple design I remember more clearly then others.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
The pineapple design was/is very popular. And the fine crochet does take a long time to do. I can't see well enough to do the fine work any more.
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@sueznewz2 (9829)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Oct
I never learned to crochet either ... it's difficult to part with some of these preciouscthingsxand all thats associated with them... but it always helps me to think that someone else will get to enjoy them for a while... they all look very nice...
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Oct
Thanks. Better to find new homes for them now rather than have them thrown out when we go.
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@sueznewz2 (9829)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Oct
@JudyEv Yeahh I agree... and with the boot sale coming up... you may get re home them that way
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@Hannihar (20821)
11 Dec
She loved it and that is beautiful what you did for her.
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Dec
Thanks. It made an impression her anyway.
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@teamfreak16 (38052)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Oct
I got rid of almost everything about ten years ago. I've found that the less stuff I have, the easier my life is. And it definitely makes moving easier!
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@JudyEv (108508)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Oct
I'm sure that is totally correct and I look forward to the day when I can move out a lot of stuff. At the moment though, for instance, when we have one of our concerts, I might have eight or nine people staying (four in the house, some in the bus and caravan) so I need bedding and towels for that many plus crockery and cutlery, chairs, etc etc. Once we stop the concerts a lot of things can be discarded. And I'm gradually scaling down in other areas too.
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