For this week’s home organization project, we must begin by remembering how awful my sewing studio looked. Yes, it was a complete mess. Then, it got worse! Are you wondering how that is even possible? Me, too!
Here’s where I started….I rearranged shelves and moved furniture around – first.
Then, I looked up at the ceiling for a super top-secret spot to store my bolts of fabric. The pipes gave me inspiration.
After I got an idea of where the big pieces were going and cleaned/vacuumed everything, I put all of my fabric on the floor. Blah!
Knowing that it’s best to start organizing by clearing everything out and emptying everything – and sorting – that’s where I began. Of course I dragged my feet about this for several days. It’s my fabric! What if I need a teeny-tiny scrap of it for some reason?
After I put all on the floor – and nearly cried at the mess I had created – I got busy putting like fabrics together and rolled them up with rubber bands.
Here’s where I store my fabric – underneath my sewing table. The sewing table has a cover to hide my stuff, too.
I refuse to buy any more storage containers for my fabric so I left some items in bags. What’s in bags are scraps from particular projects – that I may reuse. The storage containers and bags got stashed underneath the table.
Brad likened my fabric stash to his collection of wood scraps in the garage. You never know when you might need a little piece of something – so you don’t want to get rid of anything. He’s right. But, then he so easily said, “Oh, just get rid of that scrap of gingham fabric. What could you possibly do with that?” Gasp!! For shame, my dear husband!
Here are a few shots of the overall area….
I feel so much better about this space now. And, I only got rid of one small bag of fabric. If you see me at the fabric store, don’t let me buy anything new until I use my scraps that are tucked away underneath the sewing table.
I used plastic tubs from the cupboards upstairs in our house – when I cleaned out and organized the kid’s piano music. One of the containers is for ‘mending’ so that when something needs fixing, it doesn’t get tossed onto my sewing table.
I still need to buy some peg board holders for the serger thread. Peg board is great for sewing and craft areas because you can move items around – easily.
Check that off the ‘home organization weekly project to do list,’ please. The garage and basement tool room are next…I’m dreading those but not as much….there’s no gingham fabric involved!
What’s your sewing or craft area status? Have you nearly cried during this dreadful, year-long organizing project?
Go Gingham related links:
How to make a waistband smaller without pins!
How to turn jeans into capris – easier than you think!
How to make skinny jeans from wide leg jeans – make your own “jeggings”
Holiday attire that’s all used clothing – frugal and fancy to wear!