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    Mom is probaly looking down on you & the dinningroom saying ''Ok lets get going and straighten up ,so we can get on with quilting!! Once you start, memories will flow, Mom did this with this fabric or yarn. And she'll be there watching you. So think positive. And of could I'm sorry to hear of your Mom passing.Hug of caring to you

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    So sorry for the loss of your mom. I'm not that organized and others have such wonderful tips so I've nothing to add there. Just don't stress over getting organized and enjoy going through all of the wonder craft items that you and your mom both enjoyed and shared.

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    I would not throw out any of her things either I started by just buying some inexpensive shelves and clearing out one or two boxes a day it is coming together nicely and yours will too. Sorry to hear about your Mom I lost mine a long time ago it is not easy. Thoughts are with you.

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    I am sorry for your loss. Been there, done that and I know it is not easy. I wish I lived closer so I could come help you. I enjoyed meeting you & your quilting sis last fall and hope to spend time with you again! That said, I agree with most of the above advice. But before you purchase any storage items, I would separate everything into categories. Then you will know what kind and how much storage you will need for each category. Try to work on one category at a time and as you finish each one it will be such a sense of accomplishment that you will be excited to go on to the next one. Good luck & don't forget us if you need moral support from afar!!!

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    I am getting good at "Do I like this? Will I ever REALLY use it? How long has it been here (several years? --let it go)" And I am ruthless in getting rid of stuff. It goes to guild meetings, to garage sale, etc. But it goes OUT of my collection. I perform this ritual every year or so. Some of what I kept "last time" may well go out "this time". I love fabrics and have to get rid of some things if I am going to add new stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela Artman
    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. That must have been a terrible holiday season for you and your family. I wasn't always a good organizer, but I started organizing my office at work many years ago after taking the place of a very disorganized person and it felt so good, that I gradually started becoming more and more organized, both at work and at home. I'll give you an idea of what I would do. First I'd buy or have built, a whole wall of shelves in your sewing room. Then I'd buy some plastic bins that would stack. Then I'd start with the category that has the least amount of stuff, whether that's cross stitch, knitting, etc. and sort through everything in that category, and then find a home for it. The secret for me has been finding containers that fit the purpose. I have baskets for balls of yarn, (which fit in 2 baskets) and a bin for all the skeins (which fill one big plastic bin). If you are short of space, think vertical. Buy or build tall bookshelves, add high shelves above windows, sewing tables, etc. It's so easy to pile things up on the floor, but once you have shelves, it's easier to stay organized. I'd move a portion of the stuff into a spare bedroom and clear one end of your sewing room and start there. I would look through everything carefully, and if you think you will use it in the future, I'd put it away. But if it's not to your taste or something that you probably will never use, I'd start a bin for future donation or sale. It might be hard to give any of your mother's things away right now, but if you put stuff in a bin and look at it again in 6 months, you might feel more able to part with it. Good luck with everything! Take it slow, but work on it steadily and before you know it, it will all be organized and easier to find and use!
    i agree with pam been there many yrs ago

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    I am sure you will get lots of ideas here from all of us...and I can say from experience, you will enjoy sewing even more when organized!

    Here's how I organized my fabrics by color which sit in a closet and can roll out individually.
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    Hugs and prayers on the loss of your mom.....mine is 81 now and I just dread not having her around....even if she lives a long life it's not going to be enough time to suit me.

    First of all, I'd try to neaten some, but I would wait until you're in a good emotional place to be objective about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Then, maybe think about things or organizations that meant alot to her and either donate to them or sell them and give the proceeds to that organization or charity or church. I know it's hard to live with the disorganization but don't part with something you'll wish later you kept.

    Smile....you've got lots of friends here....

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    So sorry for your loss. I have to stay organized or my creativity vanishes! Separate each craft into clear plastic totes if you have them. Big boxes will work for a start if you don't have totes. Once you get them separated you can start organizing each craft. Picking out the right storage containers or furniture can take awhile. Just get things separated for now, then you can decide the right storage for the type and volume of each type of craft. Don't try to do it all at once. Take one step at a time.

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    Your mom left you quite a legacy! You should be set for quite a long time. Sort by sizes and see through plastic containers work best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ SewKkrazzy
    I am sure you will get lots of ideas here from all of us...and I can say from experience, you will enjoy sewing even more when organized!
    WOW! Love your organized area! Congratulations. You have certainly provided a role model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QweenBee
    Oh yeah the balloons where from my birthday, and my Christmas tree never got decorated. I was with my Mother the whole month of December until she passed at 3:18am December 26, 2010 :cry:
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I'm glad you got to spend a lot of her last days with her.

    I lost my Mom the morning of December 23rd. The 'visitation' was suggested to be the 26th but I realized it was my birthday and moved it to the 27th. I didn't want to associate her death with my birthday. I will always cherish the time I had with Mom and with being able to give her my love and support through those 80 days of her illness. I will keep you in my prayers.

    As for staying organized, I finally got same-sized containers for storage that I could stack on one another plus a couple of matching bookcases for fabric and books. I also bought some decorative boxes to put the WIP's that I will actually work on first and displayed those on top of the bookcases. Having everything a uniform size has helped me feel not quite so overwhelmed by having too much stuff for too small a space; but I'm still not as organized as I'd like to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QweenBee
    I know everyone is not a fanatic about keeping everything organized. I'm not, and I'm trying to get everything organized, but I do feel as if I'm just treding water, or should I say treading in fabric, patterns, paints, crochet needles, CCStitch, knitting needles, yarn, garment fabrics, garment patterns, scraps of fabric. OOOOh so many sizes, and I could go on and on!
    Really, how do you organize a ton of different size pieces of fabrics? I've got the big sections down, Holiday, everyday, garment, home interior. So, what about everything else. If you are wondering why I'm asking these questions, My DEAR MOTHER, passed away the week of Christmas, and was a avid quilter, seamstress, crafter, painter, jewlery maker... and since I was only girl I got most of her craft stuff. So here is how my dining room looked for a couple of weeks! I had to move it out of the dining room, I was sick of eating on the couch, gross!
    Anyways so now most of it is stuffed into my sewing/office and the side bedroom! Please I'm embarassed enough, I need help organizing, not comments about how I should give her things away. I do the same crafty things as she did!
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    Buy clear plastic bins with snap on lids. You can stack those and see what's inside without having to open them. That's what we use and we stack them 4 bins high. They could probably go higher but we're both short.What we're using is the largest bins that Walmart had.When I'm sitting they measure from the floor to my knee. We also have smaller clear ones for stuff like templates,thread,needles,stuff like that. If you have seasonal fabrics you can put all your seasonal stuff in one bin and put it under a table or in a closet til the season comes around. Hope this helps and I'm really sorry about your mother.

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    I am pretty much organized. But I have to work at it and reorganize especially when I go through my tub of fabric I have to dump out and reorganize. My threads and notions are pretty well in their places.

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    So sorry for your loss. Hugs from across the water.

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    So sorry for your loss....I'm not much on organizing so I need to read the advice others are giving.

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    I'm sorry for your loss. Right now you are still dealing with your mother's death, and your life has been disrupted by caring for her. It may not be the best time to deal with "stuff".

    One of the main components of being organized is knowing when to get rid of something that you don't need. Right now it may be hard to dispose of any of your mother's things, because they were hers. I would suggest boxing all her things up and putting them out of the way for the time being. Then organize your crafting area the way you would like it to be, giving yourself room to actually create (rather than just having a place to store all the stuff). Donate or dispose of all the things you already own that you don't need. After that is done, and after you're ready to deal with the possibility of getting rid of some of your mother's things, open her boxes one by one and either place the items in your crafting area or dispose of them. Don't try to do all the boxes at once, or you will be overwhelmed, and don't try to hold on to everything. It's just stuff.

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    I am sorry for your loss. I know that this is a tough time for you & going thru your Mom's things to sort & organize them presents a challenge. Everyone here has offered great ideas and personal experiences. If I may add mine?

    My dear Mother died Thanksgiving Day 2007. An avid sewer/quilter, she had shared with me that I could do what I wanted with her sewing things. Her only request was that anything I chose not to keep go for something good, not for someone to make a profit off of. After sorting everything and deciding what I was going to keep, I began searching for who/what to give the remaining stash to. I chose the local chapter of Project Linus for all of the flannel fabric she had for making baby bibs & baby quilts. I chose a local women's shelter for the rest of the fabrics, sewing notions, patterns, etc. This shelter, run by a church organization, had a "Sewing Room" where homeless women could come to learn how to sew, mend their clothes, etc.

    It felt so good for me to pass my mother's things to these organizations, explaining to each why they were chosen and telling some about my mom & her request. I know in my heart that my Mom looked down and said, "Well done Daughter, well done".

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    What an interesting Mom you had. So sorry for your loss. She sounds like a good example of a "good ole girl". I sure hope no one ever called her an "old biddie".

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    Quote Originally Posted by FranW
    First I am so sorry for your loss. God's Blessings to you.


    Second, if it were me, I would have to organize in steps (it is just how my mind works). First, I would separate into large boxes per craft activity. Then I would work on each craft, separating by what I will use the most. Honestly, if you have a basement, or some other storage space, put whatever you are not actively working on out of sight. Then just do as much as you can at any one time. I would not suggest discarding/donating/gifting anything right now. Too soon, wait a while before making any decisions.

    My craft room is a 10 x 10 spare bedroom: I have shelving units along one wall for fabrics and sewing supplies. Books and patterns are in shelving units along another wall. A large table has my sewing machine and laptop at a right angle to the third wall, and my embroidery center and TV are located on the fourth wall. Yarn, beadwork, cross stitch supplies and stamp supplies are in rollout carts with drawers/shelves located in the walk in closet. I also have extra supplies stored in the walk in closet in wheeled suitcases. Makes double use of the suitcases!

    Hope this helps. Just take it a little at a time!
    this is exactly what I was going to say...I mean exactly..go to the liquor store and get the empty wine bottle boxes..they usually have compartments in them...works great for sorting out little stuff...then start with one thing at a time...books first, then patterns...that way you instantly eliminate any duplicates, any you just know you will never do, ones that are so outdated they call for templates, etc...they take up too much room to keep and are best out of the way. Then the fabric..as it is also a space hog....only keep what is really usable and make a donation to a local sr. center on behalf of your mom. Once those space hogs are gone it will be much easier to sort the smaller things and get the same type of storage containers so they all stack/store the same.
    Those do it yourself cabinets that are tall with 2 doors and shelves are great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    I am sorry for your loss. I know that this is a tough time for you & going thru your Mom's things to sort & organize them presents a challenge. Everyone here has offered great ideas and personal experiences. If I may add mine?

    My dear Mother died Thanksgiving Day 2007. An avid sewer/quilter, she had shared with me that I could do what I wanted with her sewing things. Her only request was that anything I chose not to keep go for something good, not for someone to make a profit off of. After sorting everything and deciding what I was going to keep, I began searching for who/what to give the remaining stash to. I chose the local chapter of Project Linus for all of the flannel fabric she had for making baby bibs & baby quilts. I chose a local women's shelter for the rest of the fabrics, sewing notions, patterns, etc. This shelter, run by a church organization, had a "Sewing Room" where homeless women could come to learn how to sew, mend their clothes, etc.

    It felt so good for me to pass my mother's things to these organizations, explaining to each why they were chosen and telling some about my mom & her request. I know in my heart that my Mom looked down and said, "Well done Daughter, well done".
    thanks for sharing that...I actually have it written in my will what is to be done with my things! And all of my kids sew/craft!

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    How about just organizing first in categories, knitting, crochet, sewing, etc. then go with sorting after that? I used small tubs for my small scraps and put them in by colors - red in one, blue, black, greens, etc. It made it much easier just to have them in something and I can see through the clear tubs too. I don't blame you for not wanting to get rid of any of the things your mom liked to do. Sorry for the loss of your mom but good luck with getting organized. God Bless.

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    Sorry for your loss and good luck.

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    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.
    But for the orginizing, do not call Peter Walsh, I saw what he did to the poor dear sweet woman on Monday nite. Start slow, it can be so very over whelming, do a little every day. I need to do the same thing but a lot of people on the QB always say do a little at a time. Good Luck

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    I'm sorry for your loss-I agree with what everyone else has said about sorting by craft and using tubs and shelves. If there ae unfinished projects that you just can't bear to throw away pack them away for awhile. We just moved again & this time I went thru every box in storage & finally made myself get rid of my mother's stuff and she died 20 years ago. My aunt, on her deathbed gave me 1.5 yards of muslin that she had bought to make cafe curtains in the 50's. My children have started really pushing us to get rid of excess becasue they don't want to be stuck with it when we die.

    My local long arm quilting friend and her quilting group just finished a bunch of quilts that a friend of theirs had started before she died. She left journals with her plans and they finished them to give to family members-it has taken them a year but what a gift of Love!

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