Wow, #9! Hard to believe!
I have a sneaking suspicion that this year is going to fly by. If YOU have the secret to slowing time down, let me know, will you? Please?
So, come on in and pull up a chair. Welcome to Sunday Sewcial #9! Coffee’s on. Want a cup?
Yesterday, as you may know, I was digging around in my workroom, trying desperately to clean it and bring some order to the chaos. The cutting table was so covered in different projects that I could barely see what I was doing. I won’t tell you I got it all cleaned up because, well, it’s going to take a bit longer than just one Saturday, but I did bring a little sanity to it.
I got some great responses to the how of organizing (via email and Instagram). Today I have a slightly different angle. I want to be more specific. What tools do you use to sort your stuff? Boxes, baskets, bins, what?
I’m curious how you organize all the smaller things. Do you keep all the parts for one quilt together (including thread, pattern, etc.)? Or do you keep things with like things (patterns with patterns, thread with thread). And, assuming you, like me, work on more than one project at a time, how do you keep things separate?
I have tried all sorts of ways to separate things. I’ve used ZipLoc bags to store all the pieces of a quilt in. Stack a few full bags up together and what happens? They slide off into the floor.
For a while I had some opaque plastic bins I used, but they drove me crazy because I couldn’t see what was in them. I tried labeling them, but found that more effort than it was worth. I have to see those colors!
One of the things I did a couple of years ago, that I still use, was to repurpose a milk glass compote for pins. The holes around the edges hold my seam rippers (Jack, Jack, Jack, and Jack), an awl, and sometimes, small scissors.
How do you store your thread? Bobbins? I store thread in cracker jars, by type. It’s not necessarily ideal, but I can always find what I’m looking for. Bobbins go in a clear plastic box OR, if they are “everyday” colors, they get tossed in a little ceramic pot I made several years ago. Along with odd sewing machine feet. It would drive most people crazy, I think, but it works for me.
Every so often, I hop on Pinterest for inspiration.Yeah, I know, Pinterest should come with an addiction warning label. I am pretty careful and don’t allow myself to spend too much time on there, but it is a great source of ideas. Usually, I just need to see one or two things to send me running off with a solution to something, Or at least the potential for solutions. But have you ever noticed that in all of those sleek, pretty craft or sewing rooms, there is no stuff! Well, sheesh. We could all have great work spaces if not for the supplies to make things with.
Several years ago, I read an article that talked about the difference between closed storage and open storage. I realized that I need open storage. I need to be able to see what I have, and then be able to just toss things back into it
when if I take time to organize. For this reason, most of my fabric lives on open shelves where I can see it all at once. One of these days I’ll show you what I mean. Not today, though…there’s still a bit of mayhem happening there.
Share your best studio organizing tips with me! Maybe I’ll be able to use some of them. Heaven knows I have LOTS of organizing still to do! And the truth, I’m afraid, is that I’m a slob.
Do you struggle with this too? What solutions have you found?