Dr Bones has declared "Clear the Decks December" over on her blog. I've joined in, because God knows I don't already have enough on my plate in December.
For me, clearing the decks means a number of things, including clearing my UFO pile, finishing off those handmade Christmas gifts and cleaning out my linen cupboard. Here's the linen cupboard, and it's a big one - it used to be the shower recess in our bathroom until they plastered it up and punched a hole in the hallway to make room for a door.
Unfortunately when we moved in to this house in 2006, I unpacked things hurriedly. It's a long story as to why and not worth reliving the sorry tale. So this cupboard has been a victim of that horrid time, for a long time. One day when I renovate the bathroom (which is teeny) I'd like to take some of this cupboard back, so it's important to stop using this as the junk cupboard - the place that things go to die. Like preserved lemons and photo albums.
And then there's my UFO list. Less said about that the better, although on Monday night at quilting group* I finished my first jaffa sock.
*My quilting group has been meeting for 6 years, I think. For the last couple of years we mostly haven't quilted - we knit and crochet. Trudi's mum came with us on Monday night and commented about the lack of quilting taking place. I replied that I hadn't sewn anything at stitching night since December 2007. Oops. However, we did have Kris Kringle, and I did score a beautiful hand knitted gift from blogless Jacqui. It deserves it's own post.