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Thread: Stop the Sewing Room Madness of 'Stuff'!

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    If we were all being honest ...we would testify to the fact that our sewing rooms seem to get the 'whatever' anyone doesn't know what to do with or doesn't know where to put it! I've decided, starting today...to stop the madness!! No longer will my room receive stacks of homework to put in a box, tax papers, toys, old dressers (not using for quilting) or anything else that is not quilt/sewing related!! How many of us will put our foot on the door to hold them out...and, OWN that room or space in our house?!! I'm tired of having to not only clean up after a quilting project but for everyone else!!:) Own your space...feel no guilt....don't let them make you feel guilty...settle for no less:)!!Or for me...there will be power in my quilting needles:)Skeat

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    My family knows better than to invade my sewing space. They leave everything in the kitchen :lol: :?: :evil:

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    I don't have a sewing room. I have a card table in the same tiny room as the computer. I can't even get them to leave on little table alone. There is no way I could get them to leave a whole room alone. Good luck with your plan.

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    I have to agree with mrs theo.....no one puts anything on my sewing area....and when I get my new room done they arent going to start piling things there either.....but my kitchen table....now if I could convince them that is not a drop area it would be all good!!

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    Mine gets the vacuum stored in there, suitcases, power washer....anything that hubby can't figure out WHERE to put! There's still room in the cubby under the stairs, but can he put it in there? No, that means he'd have to make a few more steps. UGH!

    Skeat, I feel your pain!!

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    I don't have a real room just to call my sewing room. I have to use the breakfast room until I can organize my bedroom better to put my sewing stuff all in there. I have lots of other stuff that accumulates in my sewing space but it is part of the real house so I don't complain. I have been trying really hard to organize my sewing area / reduce my stash and like the progress I am making. I hope to get to a point where I just have to clean up after a project instead of weeding through the piles in there.
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    I totally agree Skeat! And quit using my scissors! There are only 50 other pairs in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    I totally agree Skeat! And quit using my scissors! There are only 50 other pairs in the house.
    My hubby used my new fabric scissors to cut the grips off his golf clubs. When asked why he did that he said because they were the shapest ones he could find, and they were just laying on the sewing table.

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    hubby came in while I was using my good scissors- he was impressed with them. I quickly put them in their box and out of his reach. He whined and I let him touch them- but he was warned of bodily harm if he EVER decides to use them without proper supervision.

    Do I think he will use them- yes, will he tell me- yes. What do I do to deter him- hide them sonewhere else- and that's why it took me 20 min. to find them last night- I hid them on me!

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    Ok....the scissors issue is one I have to deal with. I have resorted threatening to remove body parts with my "sharpest scissors in the house" but even that does not work!

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    I just took the vacuum out of my sewing closet last night. And they pretty much know not to go in and hog up my room. I do that well enough on my own. But you are right, it is like free space for them to put anything they want into. NOT!!!!

    Touching my scissors!!!! I don't think so. They both know I WILL hurt them.

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    I am the only one who leaves everything all over the house - I have
    two sewing machines on my sewing table and I can't even find the table!
    And it's all stuff that is" too good to throw away" - and if I threw it away -
    NO ONE WOULD MISS IT!!!!!!

    My club had an auction. I brought in something that I kept moving from one place to another in the basement for YEARS! It was a
    gift - and the pricetag was still on the bottom $35.00. It brought in
    15 cents. I'm learning.....

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    Why does everyone do that? My sewing area is now taken up with everything my husband can't figure out to do with. My scissors are hidden (and I can relate to hiding them so well I can't find them), all my paint brushes are gone (he needed them for doing gun stock work, oh, and I hadn't used them recently so what am I complaining about, etc.). I tried to clean off his desk one time and never heard the end of it. I need to find one of his special tools (which were probably mine at one time) and hold them for ransom. No, he'd just be harder to live with. Oh, well.....

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    I wish you luck!!! LMBO Let us know if it works!!! :D :D :D

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    Oh, how I can relate to the need for ones own space for those sewing,crafty, quilty things we love to do (mine is a compulsion). When we moved here to Christmas, I took one extra bedroom as MINE! No one uses it but me (the Boobookitty guards the fabric). My other half does not put one toe over the threshold; one wonders is it fear of the unknown? :roll:
    As to the scissors thing, sons and DH learned many years ago that touching them can lead to missing individuals, or possibly being sewn into something which returning from may not be possible......hehehehehe :twisted:
    Each and everyone of us must stand up for our space, no matter how large it may be!! SKEAT stand up for your space, we'll back you, at least here on the board :lol:

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    I noticed a few weeks after I acquired my sewing room that everyone took the extra long walk upstairs down a long hallway just to deposit the stuff they didn't know what to do with and figured I would want it in there. I acted like a crazy person to put a stop to it, and no one has left another item anywhere near my sewing room since. . .Now if I could just get myself to stop brining so much in there. I keep finding great sewing treasures and organizers, and another ruler, or magazine, or book. And seriously, do I really need to print every free pattern that comes across my computer screen? I'll have to live to be 150 to get all of those quilts made. Probably be 95 before I get them into some oroganized system.

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    So good to hear I am not the only one in this situation...I have been thinking for a long time that this problem has gone on for generations!! I know of this and you do too if you have ever picked up a can of old buttons or an old sewing basket...for in it you find the usual thread, needles and all those marbles(you know we have no time to play marbles in the quilting threads or buttons!), 25cent vending eyeballs, etc and odd parts of toys....which tells you that person was sewing somewhere someone was doing something they weren't supp. to and it was taken away and put in a safe place...then they all forgot!!:)I think for me it started w/those cute pudgy fingers under the bathroom door...then things projectile under it to me....ha! I said...and, now they are getting older(even dh) and their items are getting larger or taller stacks....and, why is it we allowed it in the first place??This is MY space!!I like all the threats...I am memorizing them!:)I will use all verbal tactics to win this game!!:)I do hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have...and, some of them are just plain funny...well, almost all!!:)Thanks for the support....who else can confess!! Skeat

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    if anyone were to put things in my sewing studio without me knowing it I would go balistic. I know have my space, and IT'S MINE.

    I waited 51 years for this and I'm not giving it up. :)

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    ""As to the scissors thing, sons and DH learned many years ago that touching them can lead to missing individuals, or possibly being sewn into something which returning from may not be possible......hehehehehe ""




    I may have to try the sewing threat!! They seem to be scared of such things!!

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    The sewing room is the only room that is half-way decent. Had to ban DH and his disassembled computer parts in the beginning but now, all the cr-stuff in there is mine.

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    Buy a package of mini padlocks and use them thru the handles of your scissors. Just don't forget where you put the key.

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    I caught DH once whacking at a piece of leather with my Ginghers and the rotary cutter. We had a little chat. I pointed out to him that I ask him before I use any of his tools and I make sure to use the tools as intended - something I consider a courtesy. Then I told him that he is using my tools incorrectly. Now he asks.

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    I spent three days throwing out junk and still more to go...I do not want pieces of fabric people have left from their projects...I took out two huge bags... and lots of stuffing from old pillows. an old bed against the wall thats just starters :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    I kind of like that leftover fabric Ruth. It's always fun to see what everyone is using. And if there are some vintage pieces, that would thrill me. I love old fabric. I love the new stuff, but that old fabric is so clasic!

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    DH used my good scissors in his shop one day, I bought THREE of the expensive scissors and one cheaper pair. Believe it or not, he and the kids thought since the one pair was the only one of the kind and the others were alike, the one pair was much better scissors. My sewing room now has a lock on the door so when I'm not in there the room is locked. I have small kids in the house sometimes and I don't want them finding scissors, pins, or rotary cutters.

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