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Thread: Any words of wisdom for the helplessly disorganized?

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    Super Member Colbaltjars62's Avatar
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    It always helps to organize with a friend. Gives you someone to talk to and the time goes by faster, plus you get twice as much done.. Which reminds me... WineWoman, 2 Doods, Karen, when ya coming over to help!!!! LOL!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP View Post
    Thank you everyone who gave me encouragement. I am trying to do some of it every day, but I am starting to dread going in there. I think I may end up taking a day off and sewing for a while. I will have to make decisions about getting rid of some of it. I could never use all of it if I sewed all day every day for the rest of my life, and I keep buying more!!
    I'll bet you shop at Maaaahhdens. So much temptation!!!!!!!
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    My best suggestion would be to throw all the fabric you can fit in a large box, then go to your private message box on this forum, and send the fabric to me. LOL. seriously, take a break and IF you want to sell some, this board is an excellent place to do it. Good luck and take the weekend off. Start next week refreshed, or as My mom used to say "Bright eyed and bushy tailed.".
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    Fly lady is wonderful! Do set a timer and work for a short time on a task. 3 hours at a time is too long to work on a project. I would be exhausted doing that. So, get out your timer, set it and get to work. You can work with the timer several times a day, just don't try to get it all done in a day.

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    I don't have nearly the amount of fabric that some have but I didn't even want to go in the room because it wasn't organized. I started cleaning it up and setting aside some things to sell or give away. I also got frustrated and discouraged, but I decided I can do anything for an hour (like sitting in the dentists chair) so I certainly can work on my sewing room an hour at a time. That's what I did. When the time was up I walked out and closed the door. Then I would do it again. I think in all it took me three months to clean and organize. Some days I didn't work on it at all. But, it is done.
    Marilyn

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    How do you eat an elephant???

    Answer: One bite at a time.

    I've been working on organizing my sewing room this summer.
    My room has been torn upside down and inside out. First, decide on where you want things to live. Set up stations if you'd like. For example, I've set up a Cutting station/Sewing station/AccuQuilt station/Pegboard wall/Stash Storage/Design wall, etc.

    I just set out to accomplish small goals each session at working on the room.
    Ex: Today I will clear off my cutting table and put those things where they live.

    Take breaks and sew some, otherwise you'll lose all motivation.
    At least I do.
    So many ideas... so many projects.. so little time!
    ~Phadrea

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    I agree with the "play music" suggestion. Nothing like a little Motown (or whatever turns you on) to get a body moving while working. A little dancing lets you multitask and get healthy, too. I also love listening to books on tape -- now they are actually on my MP3 player, courtesy of the local library. I have "read" so many books while my hands were busy with other things. This works great if you are doing mindless work that doesn't require concentration. Another suggestion is to plug your bluetooth into your ear and call friends and relatives you need to catch up with. Leaves your hands free for your labors and makes the hours fly by.

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    I asked an acquiantance (she's very organized) if I could hire her to help me organize. When she came to my home to look over the 'mess', she told me that she would help me organize if i would teach her how to quilt. What a deal!!!!!

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    I feel your pain! Good luck prayers and thoughts your way!
    Country 1

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    Remember that being organized is a learned skill, and you can't go from one extreme to the other without some mistakes along the way. The "one bite at a time" advice is excellent. You would be amazed at what you can do in 15 minutes, and once you realize you don't have to do it all at once, you will find it easier and easier.

    The best part is that in the long run, being organized saves time and you will have more time to play without ever feeling guilty like you should be doing something else.
    Beth

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