Crazy Aunt Purl: Blog of the Week

23 July 2008

One of my favorite knitting blogs, Crazy Aunt Purl, justified its permanent status on the Links section of this organizing blog (where it’s been since Day One), with Monday’s post on clutter. And then she upped the ante with yesterday’s post on living with less.

Laurie Perry, the blog’s writer, started out knitting, and blogging about knitting, as a way to deal with her divorce. The blog has blossomed into a funny, insightful read—sometimes about knitting, sometimes about personal growth, weight loss and, yes, sometimes about clutter. Sometimes she just shows great pictures of her cats, with funny captions. The woman’s hilarious. What’s not to love?

The blog is so great that it spawned a book, Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced and Covered by Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split. I love this book and sent my copy to a friend after her husband walked out.

But there’s a reason that Crazy Aunt Purl is my Blog of the Week this week. Her post on Monday, entitled Cats Are Not Clutter, details her efforts to eliminate clutter, deal with overwhelm when it comes to getting organized, and pare down her possessions.

Just like losing weight requires burning more calories while consuming fewer, Purl shares that, for her, getting rid of her clutter (she downsized after her divorce from 2500 square feet to 800) meant not only parting with things but also purchasing less. In fact, she’s in the middle of a purchasing fast right now, which she blogged about yesterday.

She discusses how difficult it is to get rid of stuff just because you paid for it, and how she would throw good money after bad trying to make a bad purchase work.

This is inspirational stuff. And if you don’t believe me, read the entries’ comments.

I encourage you to go check out this blog. But don’t say I didn’t warn you: you’ll probably find Crazy Aunt Purl irresistible. Prepare yourself for some reading enjoyment.

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Thanks for the pointer; I loved that post. I’m a sucker for a pretty kitty – but of course there was a lot more to appreciate.

Jeri Dansky 07/23/2008 09:01 PM

Jeri, if you click around Crazy Aunt Purl, you’ll see some fantastic photos of some her really beautiful cats. And lots of insight. Thanks for commenting.

Janine Adams 07/24/2008 07:04 AM

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