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Thread: Storage and organazation?

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    This may be late, but I just received this bulletin on storing our stash of fabrics. Some of the ideas presented here make a lot of sense. The suggestion to protect fabric from the light (fading) was something I had never though of. And of course many women store their stash on open shelves, much like a display! Perhaps you will find her hints helful.


    http://www.quiltedparadise.com/n/070-qow.jsp

    She offers a weekly newsletter with various infirmation.

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    I am fortunate to have a large area in our finished basement that has a window for light. I have attached a magnetic bar (a kitchen item used for knives) to the wall, and all of my scissors and other tools that will fit are hanging there. I have a large kitchen table that accommodates both of my sewing machines with room to set a cutting mat as well. I have stacking drawers and shelves with doors and a cubby hole shoe organizer on top where all of my fat quarters and small fabric pieces are organized by color. My rotary mats hang on the wall. I purchased cardboard file boxes from an office supply where I also store my yarns, large cuts of fabrics, etc., and these are stacked in my storage room near where my sewing area is set up.

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    you all sure have some good ideas. i have a hard time staying organized and if i put equipment in boxes where i can't see what i need, i make a real mess when i am looking for something. so i picked up an over the door shoe holder, the cheapest i could find. i can see everything,it is right by my machine, and it takes up almost no space.
    no more lost equipment, i can see at a glance just what i need. it has helped me a lot and i no longer spend time trying to find that certain tool that i think is in this box... no maybe that box...
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    What a great idea to use the see through hanging shoe holder nanabirdmo! i havent got many things yet and dont have a dedicated sewing area so your idea is perfect! I feel your pain ladies that have to move and pack as we have just finished renovating our main living areas and after 4 weeks of dust AND not being able to sew we have finally finished tonight!! i am so looking forward to my spending my time sewing again. :lol:

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    OK don't laugh, but I started organizing my craft room two years ago. It's stile not done all because I couldn't find this one sweater pattern that I wanted to make. I've got things pretty much in plastic boxes, fabric sits on the shelves, by color. One day my daughters told me I should get a table for my room to work at. I thiought they were kidding. because there is one in there under that pile of stuff in the middle of the room.

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    Instead of starting a new topic, I dug this one up.

    I got the new issue of Quilt Magazine and these new ruler organizers were recommended. The Ultimate that is two sided is now on my wish list. This man has figured out how to get the most storage of rulers in one spot! Not only can you store the rulers on front and back, there is a space in the middle to hold bigger square rulers and small cutting mats!

    www.romwoodworking.com

    If you have questions, he will personally email you back.
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    pics of my sewing room.
    welcome to get ideas.
    my design boards is made of insulation board covered w/ batting total cost probably $25.The shelves in my closet I bought at Walmart they are stainless steel and cost around $20 each. In the hardware dept made for kitchens but it worked for me.
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    I'm using my sons old baby dresser. 5 drawers. I can store thread, notions and rulers in it.. Fabric.... I just bought some big tubs at Walmart

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    OK, all this organizing talk makes me want to leave work (as you can tell, I'm really busy today!!) and go start getting things in order in my sewing room. When the last kid left, The dog and I moved the tv and couch to the actual living room and the downstairs familyroom was repainted a gorgeous cottage blue and I did get some white storage cabinets, the tall kind with shelves and doors (love the dog, but she sheds something awful). I have an old maybe antique narrow cabinet that my late mother painted and stenciled strawberries on (definately '70"s, definately Mom, wouldn't change it for the world!!). She used it in her sewing room too!! I have one of those white plastic banquet tables from Sam's, and my sewing machine cabinet, and a bookshelf.Oh and the computer desk. Some stuff has actually made it into the cabinets!!! I'm sure I have duplicates of some stuff I can't find. Other stuff came up and I have never gotten back to the organizing. :roll: :roll:

    Here's a question...Do you guys prefer carpeting or hard flooring?? I'm on a cement floor down there (I live in a split level). The old carpet needs to come up but i'm not sure if I should replace it with more carpet or laminate?? Of course there would be a rug under my feet at the machine and ironing board, etc., auntie arthritis insists!! And a comfy padded bed for my assistant!! But is it easier to sweep or vac?? I'm leaning toward laminate, but is there something about the carpeting that would make it better?

    Anyways, Kudos to those of you that are organized by nature, and to the rest of you..I feel your pain :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Carpeting is going to be warmer for you in the cold Ohio winter, and carpet all over is going to be easier on your feet and knees. But a smooth tile or laminate floor and a Swiffer are so much cleaner, especially with a shedding dog.

    If you have heat, and good padded slippers for winter, go with the laminate (or tile) flooring.

    That's my opinion, anyway.

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