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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Organizing Your Sewing Space

If your sewing space is like mine, it's a little cluttered. I'm a visual person, so if I don't see something I forget about it. I also hate clutter. I hate to look at it. I hate the feeling I get when I look at it. So I like to keep things closed up and put away. That creates a huge problem for me - I need to see things but I put them away!

Sorting extra stuff.
To help me with this conundrum, I sort and label. Some things are stored in banker's boxes. I use a Sharpie to write the name of the contents on the outside of the box. Eventually, I'll print colorful labels and glue (spray glue) them to the box...so it looks a little better.












More fabric.
Here is a work in progress. These containers store my cotton quilting fabric. I realized that, because they were stacked, I didn't like pulling the bottom one out. I eventually moved the containers to some shelving so they weren't sitting on top of each other. As you can see, they are all labeled.







I then moved my IKEA Antonius drawers under the table. These are a great price and work wonderfully. The table is skirted, so sun and dust don't ruin my fabric. I don't have any fabric stored out in the open. I like the look of fabric folded on shelves, but I don't use fabric fast enough to store it like that - the sun will fade the folded ends of fabric.

And I don't neatly fold this fabric. I'm too lazy and usually in a big hurry. So yes, this is what it really looks like!






One of my favorite books for organizing is Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter. It's a great book even if you don't quilt!

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