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Thread: Organizing misc. things?

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    Super Member damaquilts's Avatar
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    Organizing misc. things?

    Ok we have covered fabric and rulers and buttons. I want to know what everyone else does with all the other bits.. I have trims and little crafty things I have collected. I have things like the proportional scale I just bought.
    How do you organize it. Fabric is pretty easy but when it gets to things like my ironing sheet, Do I "file" it with the ironing things or with the design things.
    Am I making sense ?
    Bias makers? Things like the little booklets like the "Color Value Solution" and the color strip booklet. Bias bars?

    Its all the little stuff that gets to me . I do like things organized and labeled so I can just go to a little drawer and pull out what I want. I have a bunch of the plastic drawers on wheels. And I would love to combine some things to get more floor room..

    I just have things scattered and stuffed in drawers. I would love to get organized once and for all since it looks like I am going to be here a while.

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    I have several plastic, rolling drawer thingies (either Sterlite or Rubbermaid), which holds various sewing and craft supplies. They come in all different sizes, at WalMart. The larger ones sit on the floor and the smaller ones sit on shelves. I also have some plastic "shoe box" sized bins, which hold templates and tracing stuff. Some of my smaller craft projects are also in the shoe box sized bins; makes it easy to just pick up the box and have everything I need, to work on a project.
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    goodness I have 10 of the rolling carts with drawers and more in the attic. I guess more of what I am wondering is the "filing' part. What does everyone put with what? I guess I am as clear as mud.
    Fabric patterns rulers thread are the easy things. Its all the little stuff I have trouble with.

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    I have plastic boxes that are labeled, embroidery, applique, labels, bonding, templats, embelishments, jewelry, ect. in each box I have everything I need to do that type of project. It has taken me years to collect all the thimble's, scissors, and other duplicate odds and ends, but when I start a new project it is sure nice to just grab a box and get started. Example: embroidery- pin cushion & pins, needles & threaders, thimble, scissors, floss, light weight backing for white fabrics, tape mesure, markers, painters tape, you get the Idea. My hoops are kept on a hook on the wall. Some thing's that cross project lines like beads for jewelry and embelishments are stored separately I know it makes for a lot of pin cushions, scissors, thembles ect. but I don't have to run all over to find all the odds and ends before I can start something.

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    I'm always looking for ways to get organized. I found the book "Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter" by Carolyn Woods helpful. She goes into how to catagorize your notions and supplies and suggestions for storing them. Not all her suggestions work for me but a lot of them were pretty good. Of course, I'm still not organized but I'm working on it.

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    I like the book Pam mentions as well, but this type of organizing is an ongoing struggle for me. I'll be glad to see others chime in on this topic.

    I have some large plastic toolboxes from the home improvement store (similar to this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trademark-...ments/19716832) that I use for things like buttons (divided by color), metal findings (like purse rings), packages of bias tape, etc. Other things I have in these white drawer-type modular units I bought long ago for my scrapbooking supplies. I just try to group like items together and I put a post-it note on each door/drawer with a list of what's in there. It's quite un-scientific!

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    I am just curious .. How many of you have odd things in your quilting room? Like I have a branch I saw on a walk , carried it here from GA.. I like the shape and want to use it in a quilt someday. I have ribbon and yarn and peices of handmade paper . Glue on rhinestones, I even have some bark I saw and liked. LOL
    I looked at the book on Amazon and I am going to see if the library has it.. to see if anything strikes a cord with me.
    I like to put things together too. I even bought a labeler.. My sewing room is also my "office" printer computer and mailing center.
    Maybe I need to toss it all and start all over. Hmmm then again maybe not...

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    Damaquilts- do you have a pegboard? If you do, a hanging clip strip is awesome for the little stuff.
    What is a clip strip? A long slender tool with clips going down its length. The next time you are in any kind of drug store and start looking at the shelves, you will see dozens of them, holding everything from lip balm to aspirin packets. If you know what I'm talking about and would like one, let me know. I will be back on a bit later and I will post a picture here.
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    I made this to store all those little loose items. This was when I first made it, so it actually holds alot of different things now as compared to when I took this picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
    Damaquilts- do you have a pegboard? If you do, a hanging clip strip is awesome for the little stuff.
    What is a clip strip? A long slender tool with clips going down its length. The next time you are in any kind of drug store and start looking at the shelves, you will see dozens of them, holding everything from lip balm to aspirin packets. If you know what I'm talking about and would like one, let me know. I will be back on a bit later and I will post a picture here.
    Oh yes use to work in CVS so I know was a clip strip is... hated those little suckers .. LOL And I swear the feeling was mutual, every time I walk past one in a store even now things fall off. :-D

    I guess I am going to have to empty drawers and try to figure out what goes with what and then figure out a way to store them

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