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Thread: Has anyone looked in your sewing room and gasped at the mess?

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    Love the comment about the underware drawer. One of my favorite type of threads are pictures of everyones work space. I have to admit my space is rarely tidy, an understatement, but I love comparing spaces. Kind of like looking at a car accident, a sort of quilty fascination.

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    not a lot of room in my hobby room so some of it is in the dinning room so no one gasps even my dh doesnt say anything but then his den is worse than hobby room is so he has no say in the matter either lol

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    I like it when someone says, oh what are you working on and
    I just show them my mess and they appreciate looking at everything in process. Yeah! I wouldn't allow her in there
    again, next time, tell your DH that you will bring it out
    to her. Room is off limits.

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    Did you happen to see "Enough is Enough" on TV the other night regarding a quilter who was making quits for Quilts for Valor. She was doing it in her living room and had over 2,000 lbs of fabric, that's right 2,000 lbs. Well, it was her daughter that had a problem with it because she could not bring family to visit. This poor woman loved quilting and giving and her daughter felt because her living room looked like a quilting jungle that her mother's priority was quilting and not the family. I felt sorry for her (the mother). I am sure the per say "family" only visits ever so ofter, however, Mom quilts everyday and loves it. So, Don't gasped at the mess, it's your mess and you LOVE IT.

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    I had this happen recently and (privately) was offended! There is a lot of creative energy bouncing around in my sewing room and it becomes a mess with all the projects I have going on. People who do not do any kind of crafts, don't understand this. I love my sewing room....I know it's a mess, but I can find most everything! :-D

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    haha! Don't mess with my mess! I know where everything is until someone tries to help me

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    I gasp at my own mess and glad to hear I'm not alone!! I have friends who are so horrified by my work area that they have sworn to come help me organize and clean...... that's when you know its bad!!!

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    You could say I am a bit of a clean freak, everything in it's place, all dusted and yes carpet vacuumed. I still get lots done though and while I am working on a project you will find bolts of material on the table, along with all the tools and the ironing board may be covered in blocks. But I don't like working in a clutter so always do a tidy up when finished for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosyquilter
    I gasp at my own mess...LOL.
    My Hubby will tell me to clean it up sometimes. Im all over the kitchen table.

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    When someone is creating..of course there is going to be a mess...we all unerstand that part... when someone insists on going in my sewing room ..i tell them Do Not mess up my mess.!

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    My husband walks into my room and shakes his head. If 'm not working he closed the door. Sometimes it looks like a tornado hit it!

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    My sewing/quilting room is also my castle. Every once in a while one of my fussy daughters will visit and look into my castle and if I'm in the middle of something, like you, it's a mess. They always say something like "MOM! how can you be such a slob?" I just tell them "OUT! OUT! This is MY room, not yours!" But they have also seen it when it was in pretty good shape. Of course I don't get any kudos for that. :lol:

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    ummm i gasp at my own sewing room lol i figure if its not messy im not creating. but i have a few friends and family
    members who have those perfect non messy homes too.
    but they also dont have that creative gene either. lol but they sure drool over my quilts.
    carla

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    I have to have my room all picked up and clean in order for me to work. I just can not work in a messy room or cook in a dirty kitchen. I clean my studio more thatn any other room in the house as I spend all of my time in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covered in Threads
    I too gasp when I open my craft/sewing room door.
    We are in the process of selling our home, to move closer to our kids on the east coast. The key word our realtor is using is "de-personalizing" our home. Almost the entire home is now ready for viewing except for my craft/sewing room. I gasp, I mope, I cringe but haven't begun the task of de-personalizing this room. Along with working 4 days a week, doing craft shows off and on during the year, our involvement in local 4H activities and my quilting guild responsibilites, this room gets used a lot for on-going things and figuring out how to make this work at this time is a bit maddening. So as I first stated, I too gasp at my room! But I also have a number of projects in progress - where do I find a happy balance between playing and de-personalizing? Any suggestions?


    I'm in the process of packing up for a move also.
    I have given up all of my extracurricular activities for the time being. How can you possibly de-personalize if you are still in the middle of projects? It's amazing to me that you are doing that. You'll cause yourself to have a nervous breakdown.
    Resign from your guild. Stop with the 4-H programs. Resist starting new projects, and if any that you are now working on are very large ones, pack them up and label them as exactly what they are. That way you can go back to them when you're settled in your new home. We tend to take on way too much sometimes and that sounds like what you are doing. Just concentrate on selling your house and on your packing for the move. Once in a while bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies and eat a big bunch of them with a cup or two of strong tea! :D

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    I showed another quilter friend my sewing room (actually projects I was working on) and she commented on how neat it was compared to her sewing room. I took another look around my room and thought, not bad! I always thought it was rather messy. I pile a project in a spot and know just where to go to look for it among other project piles. Heck, wish I could find the pattern I misplaced!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Nope. I sew in a room with a door for a reason. As they say, you have to break a few eggs to make a cake!
    I close the door. It is my mess and it makes me happy. I clean up after a project (sometimes). My room is only shown to others who "understand."

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    Your SIL sounds like she just wanted to be shocked. I'd dismiss her as someone who gets on my nerves and not worth considering her gaspings at all and she'd know it.

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    My room is a disaster area right now. I admit it! And it normally is not this way. But I shared the room with my son who finally, after 3 years, took his furniture. However, he did not take the "stuff"! I had to empty my fabric from the drawers of the dresser, everything off his desk and hutch and move everything out of the way for them to move all the furniture out. I waited 3 weeks for him to come back, then I boxed up about 1/4 of it, thought why am I doing this? and am waiting. The one wall is lined with boxes now and my "stuff" is in totes all over the floor.

    I cleaned the guest room where I had put my stuff while the move was on so I feel better that one room is in control. Past Sat. I showed it to my sister and she was shocked but I showed her it was Jerry's- not mine, so she forgave me. :)

    But I can't wait to clean it!

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    Thanks Bev,
    You are so right but it's my one main weak spot, the ability to say "no". Thanks for all the suggestions, I've truly taken them all to heart. Now to put things in prespective. And to be honest after seeing the Peter Walsh show on the gal doing quilts for valor, my spot ain't too bad. Thanks once again and wish me luck.

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    I also had this happen to me awhile back I was getting a container out of the closet and the lid fell off I was down on the floor picking up the mess and I heard OH MY I looked up and there stood the Avon lady

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbm
    My room is a disaster area right now. I admit it! And it normally is not this way. But I shared the room with my son who finally, after 3 years, took his furniture. However, he did not take the "stuff"! I had to empty my fabric from the drawers of the dresser, everything off his desk and hutch and move everything out of the way for them to move all the furniture out. I waited 3 weeks for him to come back, then I boxed up about 1/4 of it, thought why am I doing this? and am waiting. The one wall is lined with boxes now and my "stuff" is in totes all over the floor.
    You are a much nicer mom then me!

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    I am proud of my mess! Ok so I do break down and clean it up every once in a while, when I don't have a project to work on. The rest of the house is clean and tidy as they come, but my sewing room? It is like excepting a carpenter to make a house with out creating saw dust in the process. Your SIL just needs to get over it and your right if she isn't creative she has no clue. :-D

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    I don't gasp at mine, but I am embarrassed at times. I'm not talking about the project mess-it's stuff that hasn't gotten put away,etc. I'm still working on last years challenge of organizing my sewing room. I just can't stop making quilts long enough to finish it!!!:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilterslink
    No one gasps at my Sewing room, they run screaming in terror, but i know where everything is in there
    :lol: Just so you can find everything is what matters most.........happy sewing..

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