With home bills being what they are, many people have resorted to time-honoured self-insulation techniques in order to preserve their credit ratings. To counter-act the effects of the frigid indoor atmosphere, (the result of turning down the thermostat way down), people have taken to wearing more clothing. For sitting in front of the fireplace, reading, stitching or watching TV, they don the perfect complement; the throw or lap blanket. It’s quite commendable. You save money and decrease our reliance on foreign oil. Agreed.
The new soft, cozy fabrics and low price points make throws irresistible impulse purchases. They function as accents to enhance or refresh your décor. Though diminutive in size, as compared with the full sized indestructible Afghan your grandmother knitted half a century ago, they tend to build up into significant volume in the homes we frequent. Therefore, somewhat reluctantly, we feel compelled to treat them as C.R.U.D. Throws can qualify as C.R.U.D. under the “too much of a good thing” rubric. Many perfectly worthy household possessions are in perpetual overstock mode, so that each item’s individuality is virtually undetectable. Picture a log jam of framed photos on the mantle, or a room that sports floor to ceiling paintings on every wall, or an overcrowded china cabinet crammed with crystal. The same holds true for a haphazard pile of smallish blankets. Either they leave no room for people to sit, or they end up on the floor, collecting dust and pet hair.
In contrast to some of the other challenges we have suggested in the pages of this blog, this one should be relatively painless. It requires you to set time aside to gather all of your throws from the far corners of your abode and subject them to rigid scrutiny. Remember, the point is to trim your collection down to a precious few. Look for holes, particularly with the knitted throws. Ditto for stains that don’t wash out. There’s no reason to keep the shabby ones around. Many of our clients rationalize, holding on to throws that have obviously seen better days out of loyalty to the person who made it for them. This is where the process can derail. If you can keep sentiment at bay, you will wind up with a reasonably sized throw collection that is more reflective of your current taste and style. Throws do wear out. When you do have to replace them, do not forget to donate or recycle the old ones.