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    what I've learned

    These are some things I've learned in my project of organizing my quilting/sewing space:
    -when buying storage containers, if you think you need 5, you'll need 15 - same with shelves/brackets
    -space is conserved if all containers are of the same size or multiple containers of each graduated size
    -consider the depth of shelf boards as well as the brackets on which they are held when figuring spacing
    -a neater effect is achieved by getting same size/style containers
    -containers on sale might be a good deal, but might be a waste in the long run if they break easily
    -organize from the bottom up, not top down, for ease of installing shelves at the proper height
    -when possible, buy containers that don't have wide tops; too much space wasted between
    -label all containers w/labels that can be removed when contents change
    -fabric that is wrapped on upright small/mini bolts is easier to see than fabric that is folded & stacked
    -prioritize the contents of containers, keeping the most frequently used in the most accessible position
    -don't stack containers of often used materials
    -see-through containers are most effective, and when labeled
    -shelves that are 20" deep can be used to store totes, but are too deep for fabrics
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    Thanks so much for the info, I'm building a house with a new studio so I will have this info on hand.
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    Thank you. I am redoing my sewing room and will remember all your tips.

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    Thanks for the tips! I diff agree about not buying containers based on price, been there, done that. You don't have to go out and buy the most expensive, but real thin ones will crack or break so they cost more in the long run.
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    Thanks for all the tips

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    Lots of good tips.

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    Great tips, thank you so mcuh.

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    i e-mailed that to myself...thanks for the great advice.....hope to use it soon

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    Good tips. I have my fabrics in baskets on shelves my brother put up for me. He used the wire shelving and brackets. And it wasn't a good idea. I am going to take all my fabric, well most, umm maybe just some , and wrap it on the comic book boards put it in my bookshelves and put the books in the closet. I have my design board in from of the book shelves so it will keep the fabric from the sun. I wonder when or if I will ever get things really done and stop moving stuff around. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    Good tips. I have my fabrics in baskets on shelves my brother put up for me. He used the wire shelving and brackets. And it wasn't a good idea. I am going to take all my fabric, well most, umm maybe just some , and wrap it on the comic book boards put it in my bookshelves and put the books in the closet. I have my design board in from of the book shelves so it will keep the fabric from the sun. I wonder when or if I will ever get things really done and stop moving stuff around. LOL
    I have wire shelving in my closet - just laid a piece of the foam board over the shelf and the shelves worked fine. Good luck!

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