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Thread: PLEASE HELP I need some guidance on organizing my stash. Problem- shelves too deep.

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    Hi everyone,
    I think I figured out why I can't get organized. I have a big closet but the shelves are too deep. Does anyone have any help for me??
    I'm really frustrated.
    I'm going to take a pic. Please don't faint!

    Thanks,
    Sue


    PS. Okay I took pics. I just can't get a system down and end up sewing in the kitchen on my FW.
    That's NOT a solution lol

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    Oh, I can't wait to see this!! :shock: :shock: :shock:
    I will take 50% of your stash, and half of your problem will be solved!! :lol:

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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    And I'll take 25% of the stash!!
    (aren't I kind?)

    How deep are the shelves?
    What about a bunch of plastic bins that you can sort into?
    No, won't be as pretty as seeing all your fabric.

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    I'll measure them. It's a double closet.

    Okay, about 24 inches deep. Lots of room for sure, but not able to find things or get organized.

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    I like plastic bins or even boxes that you can use like drawers...slide them in and out to get what you want. You can always decorate the outside to make them look pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I'll measure them. It's a double closet.

    Okay, about 24 inches deep. Lots of room for sure, but not able to find things or get organized.
    Yes, they are deep ... much more so than I had thought from the photo.

    Look for plastic bins with lids ... and looks like you could stack them two high. Try a few ... and once you know what you want, buy all the same for all the shelves you want to do. Or coordinating bins ... one series I like have different sizes, though they all stack nicely together.

    I have a mishmash of plastic bins ... and wish I could switch them all out for a matched set for easier stacking.

    Watch ... be sure the lids are flat, for the stacking ... there are some bins that I have that have rounded tops and just don't cut it when stacking!

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    I agree plastic bins you can put whats in it and fold them in fq size and fit lots in a bin! Great room view. I stare at a wall!!

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    I bought a whole bunch of plastic bins at the Dollar Store. I'm not necessarily organized, but at least I can pull out one bin at a time, unless they are stacked 4 or 5 high on the top shelves.

    I LOVE your sewing area. I would feel right at home there. :-)

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    There are some really nice plastic bins at Walmart, about $4 or $5 each. They have clear lids and clear bodys, which is nice for seeing through, they are stackable even in different sizes, and they have nice flip-up handles to secure the lid. These bins also come in larger and smaller sizes. My caution about getting the biggest size is that they become heavy when filled with fabric. I prefer sticking with the medium-size bins unless I want to store something bulky and light, such as batting rolls or perhaps a single large sandwiched quilt.

    A really nice, easy way to label clear bins is to use a permanent marker on a notecard and slip the notecard inside, so you read the card through the bin wall. If you change your mind about how you want to organize your fabrics, this makes it really easy to change the bin label.

    With shelves 24" deep, you would probably want to store these bins 2 deep. I would do that by creating 2 bins of pink, 2 of yellow, etc. so when you go looking for a color you know to take down a row 2 bins deep.

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    Prism's comments about the big deep boxes are bang on ... plus you lose fabric in them!

    Those big deep ones, might be perfect for along your bottom shelves to put magazines in, or other bigger more awkward things to store. And then you can pull them out to the floor, like drawers!

    It may seem like a lot of $ to do it right, but do so!! ... you'll b rewarded with SO much storage. What we can see now will take only a small portion of your shelving ... and you'll have room for even more additions to your stash!

    We've seen the before ... so now we ll want to see the after!

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