The Shirt Off My Back

QUICK HIT: Still deep in deadline-land.

I’ve posted now and again about the general clutteredness of my life: too many interests, too much indulging of those diverse interests with too much shopping.(1) Mix in some mild hoarding tendencies with not nearly enough free time to dig in for a full “Kondo-ing,” and you can probably get the picture from there.

Obviously, I ain’t been doing any decluttering whilst traversing deadline-land. In all honesty, it’s gonna be a mother-forking miracle if I get laundry done and my suitcase packed before I leave town next week.

But I have been getting an inordinate(2) amount of pleasure from one small victory in this area.

Over the last few years, I’ve seen my sister giving T-shirt quilts as gifts to family: graduation presents for the niece and nephew, old PPP t-shirts for Mom to take to the lake house. A variety of beautiful and really meaningful pieces.

So this year, I asked her what company she was using to make these pieces of cuddly nostalgia, and I purged my drawer of Boston sports fan shirts so I could get my own quilt made. And although the work to purge, choose, and prep the shirts was done rather a while ago, I’m counting it as a small organizational win during this crazy work-time that the finished quilt arrived on Monday.

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Now that I’ve fallen in love with this first quilt, my brain is popcorning with more possibilities. #Nerdcore shirts, hippie/goddess/yoga/Life is Good stuff.

Not enough on its own to solve the entire cluttered-house problem. But a useful tool in the toolkit.

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(1) After all, I have an entire JALC category about this crap. (Check “Stuff about Stuff” over there in the sidebar if you wish to see more.)

(2) One might even say disproportionate.

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Image credit: Photo taken by the author, subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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